Scouting the Naperville Sun’s boys basketball teams for the 2022-23 season – Chicago Tribune
Senior guards Brady Kunka and Brayden Fagbemi (Johns Hopkins) and senior forward Nikola Abusara lead the way as the Redwings (22-7) shoot for the 20-win mark for the 13th straight time in a full season. Senior guards Sam Driscoll and Andy Nash add grit to a rather small lineup, while junior Parker Sulaver takes over at center.
The Mustangs (10-20) could make a strong run at the DuPage Valley Conference title as they return most of their roster, including four starters in senior guards Jahki Gray and Quentin Schaffer, junior guard Nick Schroeder and senior forward Jackson Corbett. Junior guard James Parker started for East Aurora last season.
This will be a rebuilding season for the Redhawks (19-10), who graduated Naperville Sun Player of the Year Jonah Hinton and also lost high-scoring guard Mantas Zilys, who transferred to a prep school in Vermont. Senior guards Michael Boyce and Simon Krugilakovas and senior forward Grady Cooperkawa will lead a young lineup.
The Huskies (17-16) have only three seniors, none of whom started on the regional championship team last season. Junior guards Luke Williams, who was all conference, and Cole Arl return in the backcourt. Seniors Jacob Nolen and Charlie Farrell and junior Bryce Welch also saw some varsity playing time.
The Wildcats (22-11) graduated three all-conference starters but bring back their best shooter, junior guard Luke Kinkade, and best defender, senior forward Nic Lendino. Junior forward Joseph Balgro could be an impact player. Coach Todd Sutton begins his 25th season needing 21 wins to reach 500.
The Warriors (15-15) hope to have a breakthrough season under second-year coach Andrew Schweitzer. Four starters and two top reserves are back, led by 6-foot-6 senior forward Jackson Langendorf and 6-5 junior forward Tre Blissett. Seniors Eric Chtilianov, Shoi Rathi and Braylon Spicer and junior Tyler Threat form a deep backcourt.
Matt Le Cren is a freelance reporter for the Naperville Sun.