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Duling, Epting, Roberts among local basketball players breaking out

Standouts from York, IC, Timothy, Glenbard East, Montini, Addison Trail and Willowbrook included

Published: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 5:00 p.m. CDT
(Bill Ackerman - backerman@shawmedia.com)
Addison Trail's Ronald Duling gets control of a turnover in a Jan. 24 game against Morton. A JV team player last year, the senior is averaging nearly 10 points per game as a starter this season.

Several players from boys basketball teams in the area are making an impact on varsity for the first time. From returning players seeing an increased role to varsity newcomers showing their skills, these seven boys basketball players are having breakout seasons for area teams.

Wes Ditchfield

School: Timothy Christian

Class: Senior

Position: Forward

Impact: Ditchfield isn't a big-time scorer for the Trojans, but is a solid all-around player. He leads in assists per game (2.2) despite playing as a forward and is second on the team in rebounds per game (4.5) and total blocks (five).

Ronald Duling

School: Addison Trail

Class: Senior

Position: Guard

Impact: Duling was the leading scorer on the Blazers' JV team a year ago and has made a smooth transition to a starting guard on varsity this year. He is averaging about 10 points, three rebounds and two assists per game. Duling has joined fellow senior James Pupillo to give AT one of the better guard pairings in the West Suburban Gold.

Rhashaun Epting

School: IC Catholic

Class: Sophomore

Position: Forward

Impact: Epting was an all-conference player last year, but the Knights were led by standout senior Demetrius Carr. This season Epting has taken over as the go-to player on the team and is averaging 20.1 points per game, more than double last season's average. Epting also leads the team with 8.4 rebounds per contest.

Mike Mooney

School: Montini

Class: Junior

Position: Forward

Impact: Matt Brachmann gets most of the attention and the stats for Montini, but fellow forward Mike Mooney has earned more and more playing time as the season has progressed and is becoming one of the more reliable players on the team.

Patrick Peterkin

School: Glenbard East

Class: Sophomore

Position: Forward

Impact: Jaron Hall is the Rams' big-time scorer, but Peterkin has shown excellent potential thanks to his size (6-foot-5) and his ability to shoot 3-pointers. Peterkin's scoring ability has been on display with some big games, including a 23-point outburst against Glenbard North on Dec. 20.

Chris Poole

School: Willowbrook

Class: Senior

Position: Guard

Impact: Poole wasn't much of a factor on the varsity team a year ago, but has stepped up to be second in the team in scoring this season at around 10 points per game. Poole is a quality outside shooter and shares ballhandling responsibilities for Willowbrook.

Stanley Roberts

School: York

Class: Senior

Position: Guard

Impact: Roberts was a bench player a year ago and has really stepped up as a senior. He is one of four players on the team to average more than eight points per game and is third on the team in assists, rebounds and steals.

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