Wheaton turns to underclassmen
Bulldogs building for the future of the program
Wheaton boys basketball Coach Mike Austin feels like a broken record.
He uses all five of his timeouts to teach his players essentially the same thing -- be smart, value the ball and move your feet on defense.
Heading into the holiday break, the Bulldogs had lost four starters for the season due to various reasons. A fifth starter was added to the list with a knee injury during the Southwest Holiday Tournament.
"We are playing a lot of freshmen and sophomores right now," Austin said. "Just getting them used to the speed of the high school game is a challenge."
Austin said he does not measure his squad's success based on the number of wins and losses. He is looking for growth.
"We had to go back square one with our development," Austin said. "On the floor we have to develop leaders and play solid defense."
According to their coach, the Bulldogs have to value the ball more with turnovers creating a majority of their headaches.
"We can't afford to give teams layups in transition and expect to be successful," Austin said. "We are working hard with the boys in practice to develop the skills needed to compete. The next step is to take those items we work on in practice and apply them to the game."
Wheaton returns to action on Jan. 5, as they host College Heights. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.