Defending Class 4A champion Whitney Young showed that they'll still be a major contender in the city and state title race at the Riverside-Brookfield Shootout this weekend as the Dolphins return a lot of the core of last year's title team.
Losing senior Lucas Williamson is going to be tough to replace, but a trio of seniors will be back to help step up and take over for Whitney Young.
The perimeter group of Javon Freeman, Xavier Castaneda and Justin Boyd should be one of the better groups in the city this season as the first two are both returning double-figure scorers. Boyd missed some of his junior season dealing with an ankle injury but he's one of the premier three-point threats in the Public League as he's coming off of a strong performance in the state title win over Simeon.
Now that Williamson is gone, Freeman could be one of the elite scorers in the state this season while Castaneda will be in the spotlight because the ball will be in his hands. Boyd could also be in position for a breakout season now that he's fully healthy and ready to play.
At Riverside-Brookfield, the Dolphins showed how resilient they are by winning close games against some tough teams like Hillcrest and St. Joseph as they looked like a top five team this preseason.
Whitney Young still needs to figure out who will step up on the interior, but keep an eye out for the Dolphins in Class 4A this season.