Green as grass but as talented as a musical prodigy, the Shorewood boys basketball team took many steps forward in this 13-10 season.
"This was a decent season," said veteran coach Phil Jones. "It could have been better. We were a little immature at times. It's just that we were young. There are some genuine things out there for us to get excited about."
The Greyhounds, who finished second in the Woodland Conference East Division to eventual WIAA Division 3 state champion Brown Deer, with a 10-8 mark, recently saw their season come to an end with a tough 50-49 Division 2 regional defeat to Wauwatosa East.
The team was led by sophomore sensation point guard Te'jon Lucas, who was named the Woodland Conference Eastern Division Player of the Year after averaging 18.5 points per game (425 total points). He also had 96 assists, 93 rebounds and 64 steals. He hit 48 percent of his shots on the year and got to the line at will, hitting 91 of 128 free throws (71 percent).
"He was our main ballhandler and in our last game (the loss to East), they turned out a box and one on him,which says a lot about how much they respected him," said Jones. "It was a very pleasant surprise (that he got Player of the Year). I talked him up as I would any other player. I just told everyone I don't know where we'd be without him."
Lucas was the only underclassmen on either first or second-team in All-Eastern Division honors.
Other young players who had good years included junior forward Paris Perkins, who averaged 7.9 ppg and close to seven rebounds a game. Junior guard Kevin Taylor also had a good season, as he averaged 6.5 points per game with 33 steals and 27 assists to his credit.
Another junior guard, K.J. Odom, averaged 10.2 points per game with 66 assists and 108 rebounds, and junior forward Isaac Matthias took some steps forward this season. Sophomore forward Shayne Carrington averaged 9.1 ppg and four rebounds a game.
Senior guard Kejuan Glosson showed good leadership and earned second-team All-Eastern Division honors after scoring 11.6 points per game and averaging over five rebounds a game. He also led the team in steals with 65.
Shorewood's best stretch occurred from late December to early February, where they had win streaks of four games and five games, respectively, and claimed 10 out of 12 games total.
Included in that stretch was a 74-64 victory over powerful New Berlin Eisenhower.
The seniors on the team this season included Glosson and Lionell Jenkins.
The Shorewood junior varsity turned in a 13-9 record this winter.
Jones said the varsity team will see a transformation from a young team this season to a very experienced one next campaign, as he is anticipating nine seniors on the squad.
"We should have a good ball club coming back," he said. "We'll have four starters returning, plus our top sub (Taylor). We have a lot to look forward to. I'm hoping things will go well."
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