Last year: 2-19, 1-6 GSSC
Over the past few years, the Whiting basketball program has been on the rise because of one or two budding stars and slick shooters. With the most recent loss of Nick Filipek to graduation, the Oilers are going to have to figure out how to replace his valuable presence on both sides of the floor. Also gone is coach Derrick Milenkoff, who is now replaced byTim Hopps. The program will have a different look and feel to it, as the front line is larger than some from the past and it will obviously see new schemes on both sides of the ball. With seven players taller than 6 feet, height is no issue for a team that will see smaller, faster guards in the conference. This squad also has a larger stock of talent on the perimeter, as both Matt Dvorscak and Matt Ramirez have had significant varsity experience coming off the bench for the time being. "Our biggest challenge at first is getting together as a team to mold together," Hopps said. "It's hard to not be optimistic because our guards will probably be our strength, but our forwards will be an asset, too." — Paul Honeycutt
Last season finish
Lost in Class 2A Wheeler Sectional semifinal to Bishop Noll.
Leading returning scorer
Adam Cuculich, 7 ppg.
Leading returning rebounder
Brett Gibbons, 5 rpg.
Adam Cuculich, Sr., G; Brett Gibbons, Sr., F: Even though Hopps isn't as familiar with the two yet, he is impressed with the way Cuculich and Gibbons have displayed some early leadership and will look for them to be an effective inside-outside combo.
Newcomer to watch
Victor Quinones, Fr., G: This talented, young player has a high basketball IQ and the Oilers coaching staff will look for him to make significant strides while getting some major minutes on the varsity level.