Johnson’s roundball outfit takes to court for busy month
KANELAND—Kaneland’s 2013-14 boys basketball team had itself quite the ride, that featured a buzzer-beating regional final win over Marmion Academy and a sectional semifinal appearance against Rockford Lutheran.
Whatever ride the Knights hope to have in 2014-15 begins now.
An 18-10 final record was a nice turn of events, but with departed sharpshooters like Drew David, Tyler Carlson, John Pruett and more away from the Maple Park base of operations, it’s time for KHS to look from within again.
“You’re basically getting the guys to get used to playing with one another,” KHS coach Brian Johnson said. “They know what we need to do.”
With David, Carlson and Pruett vacating the roster, its up to returnees like Ryan David, Dylan Vaca, Jacob Gomes, Connor Fedderly and Steven Limbrunner.
“Ryan and Dylan saw a lot of time as sophomores, and Jacob is six-foot-five and we’re glad he’s back and staying healthy. Connor is probably the best shooter on the team right now, and Steven and guys like Owen Korpela came in and worked hard every day in practice,” Johnson said.
Dealing with camps for various levels and the weekly Geneva League in the evening, routine seems to be paramount for the Knight roundball crew.
“We’re just getting them playing together, Drew is helping out with the camp and it’s nice to have another set of eyes. He was a leader on the court for four years. I’m looking for a lot of things this summer,” Johnson said.
Besides the Geneva League, the Kaneland basketball summer brigade takes a bit of a different tour, replacing the usual Morris shootout with a shootout excursion to Glenbard East.
“Morris always fell on the last day of Geneva’s league, and we just felt it was right to complete the whole league. We’re also going to Glenbard East’s shootout, which has great teams, and we’ll see St. Joseph’s, which has a legendary coach,” Johnson said.
Kaneland’s tour also sees the West Aurora Shootout on Friday, June 20, and the Waubonsie Valley Shootout on Tuesday, June 24.
The Geneva League features 20 Chicagoland area teams, with Kaneland in the Blue Division along with Geneva, Bartlett, Metea Valley, Mooseheart, Naperville Central, St. Charles East, Streamwood, Waubonsie Valley and West Chicago.