Last year: 11-19, 3-9 Upstate Eight River (seventh)
Coach: Paul Kowalyszyn, first season
Top returnees: seniors Antonio Harris (6-2, F), Jacob Siewert (6-2, G); junior Cole Seger (6-3, F)
Top newcomers: junior Max Draper (6-4, F); sophomores Travious Brown (5-9, G), Jelyn Hill (5-8, G) Jacob McGlone (6-2, F), Aaron Siewert (6-1, F)
Outlook: Former Streamwood assistant Paul Kowalyszyn inherits a quality leader in senior guard Jacob Siewert. As a junior Siewert averaged 7 ppg. He did much of his damage from 3-point range, where he drained 31 of 104 attempts (29.8 percent). "He's like our floor general out there," Kowalyszyn said. "And he's really been great helping out with the younger guys." Senior Antonio Harris did not play much last year, but the undersized post relies on superior post moves and his ability to protect the ball on the dribble. Another returning player is junior forward Cole Seger, who has added some muscle to his 6-foot-3 frame for his second varsity season. The core of this team is a talented group of sophomores Kowalyszyn has elevated. They include Travious "Tray" Brown, a starting running back for the football team. Brown can run up and down the floor with fellow speedy wing Jelyn Hill and cause opponents problems. Jacob McGlone hails from a family of successful Streamwood athletes. He played on the sophomore level as a freshman last year. Another sophomore forward is Aaron Siewert, Jacob's younger brother. Kowalyszyn said Aaron Siewert is "already fitting in like a junior." The Sabres will face matchup problems since their tallest player is 6-4 junior Max Draper, also a football player. "We're young and small so we'll have to be patient with those guys as we get them to understand what our goals are and we're doing," Kowalyszyn said. "We have a bunch of inexperienced guys, so learning how to win basketball games as fast as we can will be important. I'm excited to because it allows us to develop. As long as we keep working and keep getting better, I'll be happy."