Men’s basketball: Waubonsee counting on improved size, depth
By Bill Kindt For Sun-Times Media October 29, 2012 5:58PM
Marcus Franklin (center) is one of two returning sophomores for the Waubonsee Community College men’s basketball team. | Corey R. MInkanic~For Sun-Times Media
Date Opponent Time
Nov. 2 Northwestern Club 7 p.m.
Nov. 6 South Suburban 7 p.m.
Nov. 13 Trinity Christian JV 7 p.m.
Nov. 16. Carl Sandburg (at IVCC) 5 p.m.
Nov. 17 at Illinois Valley 4 p.m.
Nov. 20 at College of DuPage 7 p.m.
Nov. 27 Sauk Valley 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 29 at Elmhurst JV 4:45 p.m.
Dec. 4 Aurora JV 7 p.m.
Dec. 6 Trinity International JV 7 p.m.
Dec. 11 Kishwaukee 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 13 Harper 7 p.m.
Dec. 20 at Rock Valley 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 3 at Benedictine 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 8 at Aurora JV 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 13 at Elgin 6 p.m.
Jan. 15 Prairie State 7:15 p.m.
Jan. 17 Morton 7:15 p.m.
Jan. 22 at Lake County 7:15 p.m.
Jan. 24 at Moraine Valley 7 p.m.
Jan. 29 Oakton 7:15 p.m.
Jan. 31 at McHenry 7:15 p.m.
Feb. 5 Elgin 7:15 p.m.
Feb. 7 at Prairie State 7 p.m.
Feb. 9 at Morton 3 p.m.
Feb. 12 Lake County 7:15 p.m.
Feb. 14 Moraine Valley 7:15 p.m.
Feb. 19 at Oakton 7 p.m.
Feb. 21 McHenry 7:15 p.m.
Feb. 28 Region IV tourney begins TBA
Updated: December 1, 2012 4:23PM
Almost all basketball coaches would be thrilled with a 24-8 record.
David Heiss isn’t one of those coaches.
In fact, last year’s final record came as a disappointment to the Waubonsee Community College men’s coach.
“I just felt we never got to the potential we needed to,” Heiss said.
WCC tied Moraine Valley for the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference championship with a 12-2 mark and suffered a semifinal loss to Elgin in the Region IV Tournament. The Chiefs beat the Spartans twice during the regular season.
The bitter taste — not to mention most of last year’s players — have now been washed away. Heiss begins his 28th year with a 16-player roster that features things last year’s team lacked.
“We have more depth and more size,” Heiss said. “I think we have some shooters this year and we didn’t shoot the ball well last year. We have some options with this group.”
Only two sophomores return. Marcus Franklin (Thornton) was a second semester regular for the Chiefs and he helped the team to a 16-3 mark in that semester. He’s a 6-3 swing player with ability.
“When Marcus got his eligibility it gave us a big lift. We’re expecting great things from him,” Heiss said.
Everette King (Yorkville) is also back and brings a 6-7 frame into the inside wars where the Chiefs appear to be strong.
Heiss has added size with Javon Swinnie (6-6, 230), a sophomore transfer, 6-6 Reggie Chambliss-McNeal and 6-7 Ricardo Martin. Chambliss-McNeal can also step out and hit the jump shot while Martin will join the Chiefs at the semester.
Two local products — 6-4 Derrick Johnson (West Aurora) and 6-4 Tramell Weathersby (East Aurora) — are in the rotation at the forward positions with Weathersby able to move inside if needed.
Johnson redshirted last season while Weathersby played last year at Blackhawk East.
“Tramell isn’t great at one thing, (but) he’s good at a lot of things,” Heiss said.
Sophomore D.J. Vaughn (West Aurora) and freshmen Will Hardy (Rich South), Roderick Adair (Flint, Mich.), Blaine Goodall (Harlan), Nick Townes (Shaker Heights, Ohio) and Carlton Rose (Suwanee, Ga.) are in a battle for backcourt playing time.
“The Townes kid is one we really like,” Heiss said. “He can play one, two or three (positions) and he defends well.”
Naushay Turner (Thornwood) adds depth both inside and outside. He’s 6-3 and a solid 225 and has the ability to play guard or move inside and bang with bigger players. Corey Alvis (West Aurora) is also on the roster looking for playing time.
It is a group both Heiss and assistant coach Rick Robinson are bringing along slowly with eyes glued on the potential.
“On paper, both coach Rick and I are excited about the possibilities,” Heiss said.
The Chiefs open their season at 7 p.m. Friday when they host the Northwestern University club team. They’ll face always strong South Suburban at 7 p.m. Nov. 6.