New Trier boys basketball season preview
2/17/2012 Park Ridge New Trier junior Reid Berman (12) drives to the net during the game against Maine South on Friday, February 17, 2012. New Trier defeated Maine South 63-60. | michael jarecki ~ for Sun-Times Media
New Trier Trevians
Coach: Scott Fricke
Last season: 23-6 overall, 8-2 CSL South (lost in Class 4A sectional semifinals)
Returning starters: 2
Updated: November 19, 2012 11:54PM
Who takes the potential game-winner?
STEVEN COOK: The 6-foot-5 senior wing exploded onto the prep scene last season and quickly became a go-to player for the Trevians. The Princeton recruit can beat a defense any number of ways. “I feel he’s an all-around scorer,” senior guard Aaron Rosen said. “He can drive and has great jumping ability. If he can’t get past his guy, he has a good chance to make a 3-pointer or a tough shot.”
Who is the team’s best defender?
REID BERMAN: One of the most energetic players in the area, the senior guard and three-year varsity veteran genuinely enjoys being an opposing player’s shadow. “He’s tenacious on defense, and he’s a ball-hawker,” Rosen said. “He gets up in other players’ faces and knows how to annoy them.”
Who works the hardest in practice?
AARON ROSEN: Despite a back injury that limited his court time in the offseason, the 6-3 senior wing made sure to show up and contribute in any way possible. “He didn’t get a lot of time last year, but he’s really worked hard to put himself in position to play this year,” Cook said. “He’s the type of guy who comes to everything, and he’s one of the guys who keeps us together.”
Who is the funniest player on the team?
STAS BANAS: Even though winning at this level is serious business, the senior guard understands how to lighten the mood with his teammates when it’s appropriate. “Every time he says something, it’s hilarious,” Cook said. “He only opens his mouth to say something significant.”
— Matt Harness