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Carpentersville, IL- Ethan Wiles with a great job telling us what we can expect this season in Fox Valley Conference Boys Basketball. Enjoy!!

This week we break down the Fox Valley Conference boys basketball teams for the upcoming season. Most teams have already started tournament play before they open up for non-conference play and a lot of teams have stood out so far. Here are my notes on the FVC basketball teams.

Cary Grove- 6-21 last season. The Trojans had a rough season last year finishing 3-7 in FVC play. They do however return 6’2 Senior guard Zach Beaugureau who was second on the team in points last year. He also was fifth in the area in three pointers with 47. Matt McCumber is a key player this year at 6’4, he will also be pitching at Northern Illinois University next season. The Trojans should compete, however I don’t think they will be a threat in the conference

Crystal Lake Central- 2-25 last season. The good thing about the Tigers this year is that they are returning all of their players. Adam Wittenberg and huge 6’8 sophomore Alex Timmerman will be a force inside this year. With only one win in conference play last season, the Tigers should improve their record this year.

Crystal Lake South- 16-12 last season. The Gators should be a force in the FVC this week due to the fact that they are getting a lot of Junior help. Seven juniors will join Matt Meyers and Luke Nolan this season, and will look to be successful this year. The Gators, in my opinion, should be in the top 5 in the FVC this season.

Dundee-Crown- 3-22 last season. The Chargers come in looking to improve their FVC record last year. With zero conference wins, head coach Lance Huber is looking to turn that around. Jack Orndahl returns this season after averaging 10.1 points a game last year. The Chargers also welcome seniors Tariq Burns and Jermani Dal Santo to the team this season. The Chargers should be competitive this season but shouldn’t be a huge threat in conference play.

Hampshire- 10-18 last season. The Whippurs lost leading scorer Brennen Woods when he transferred to Harvest Christian in Elgin but Billy Dumoulin will be an outside shooting threat this season. Junior guard Nate Cork will be another leader on the team this year. I think the Whippurs will lose more games this season with the loss of Woods, but look for them to be competitive.

Huntley- 8-22 last season. The Red Raiders are on the rise with 10 juniors on the roster this season. Seniors Matt Seng, Michael Parks, Stephen Browne, and Luke Mahnke will lead the young team this year with the loss of Olalere Oladipo (a football commit to Illinois) who didn’t come out for the team. The record will improve but look for Huntley in the next few years.

Jacobs- 23-7 last season. This team is my favorite to win the FVC this season. The Golden Eagles went undefeated in conference play last season and should run the table again this year. 6’9 center Cam Krutwig will be a threat to defenses all over this year. Junior guard Ryan Phillip averaged 11.2 points a game last season with 38 three pointers, and should be a huge offensive help to the Golden Eagles this year.

McHenry- 17-19 last season. This should be a good year for the Warriors. They are returning two key juniors and three seniors, while also gaining the help from junior guard Maki Mohr. The Warriors tied for second place in the conference last year with a 7-3 record in FVC play. I believe McHenry will be in the top three in the FVC along with Jacobs, and Prairie Ridge.

Prairie Ridge- 25-4 last season. Just like Jacobs, the Wolves went undefeated in conference play last season. Seniors Brian Dorn and Kyle Loeding return and will continue to lead the way for a dominant Wolves team. Football stud Austen Ferbet joins the team and will be a threat inside the paint. With the new format of the FVC teams. PR will play Jacobs twice this season. One meeting being the third to final game of the season. I believe the conference will come down to that game. PR and Jacobs will be first and second in the conference. It will be another huge season for the Wolves.

My projections for the FVC standings:

  1. Prairie Ridge
  2. Jacobs
  3. McHenry
  4. Crystal Lake South
  5. Cary Grove
  6. Hampshire
  7. Huntley
  8. Dundee-Crown
  9. Crystal Lake Central
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