Basketball season is soon to be in full swing around the country, as well as here at Junior Joliet College.
As an organization they have not had a good last few seasons as their last national tournament appearance was back in 2011, while also being national champions a year prior.
However, this upcoming season there will be a lot of change from last season. The Wolves only have one player returning, Trey Wornica. Along with that they also have Jaylen Jones transferring from conference rival, Rock Valley.
Wornica and Jones are expected to fill big roles this upcoming season. “We look for Trey Wornica and Jaylen Jones to provide leadership and to help our young guys both on and off the floor,” said head coach Joe Kuhn.
Heading into this season the Wolves are seeing an influx of new talent with a basically whole new roster. With that in mind, the new players are hoping to look to these two players for guidance. As Kuhn puts it, “(They) provide insight to the other players coming from a player perspective.”
Experience is a much-needed asset for this young team especially, at the college level, which every basketball player could tell you differs very differently from high school.
With a whole new team coming into this season, team chemistry is expected to take some time to develop. The goal is hoping that issue will be solved in reasonable amount of time during the season. In terms of positives, Kuhn has been impressed from what he has seen so far this offseason. “We have a pretty nice group of young men that work hard.”
As this team develops as a whole throughout the season there is really only one goal in mind. “Our goal every year is to win our region and have a chance to get to the National Tournament,” said Kuhn. Though this seems like an obvious goal for every team suiting up this basketball season, the Wolves could be a possible dark horse team with their new additions.
Though with these high expectations you can expect a rough start to the year as they gel together. However, with all the new additions it could be considered a change of culture for this program as they hopefully contend for a National Championship for the first time since the beginning of the decade.
This team may have the potential to draw in the Joliet Junior College community as they progress through the season. This season is poised to be an exciting one as they chase a championship.