Brown Leads 2002 Edition of Warriors
2001 was a great year for the Illinois Warriors. Larry Butler's group captured the AAU national title and put forth a Final Four showing at the Nike Peach Jam. Like every other AAU team in the country, the Warriors have lost some good players but Butler has another fine group coming in.
"Last year, we had a lot of matchup problems," Butler said. "This year, we'll be a little quicker. The great thing about this group is that we play together. The few guys we added on are really good team players. I'm real excited about this group."
Butler's marquee guy this season appears to be Proviso East standout shooting guard Shannon Brown. The 6-3 Brown ranks as one of the finest guards in the nation. He was stellar in helping the Warriors to the AAU title last July. Joining him in the starting backcourt will be East teammate Charlie Richardson. "Shannon is going to give us some of the things that Andre (Iguodala) gave us," Butler said.
On the wings is sharp shooter Collin Falls of Loyola Academy. Inside starters appear to be Mike Rembert and possible Jerald Hunter of Kennedy. Andre White, another guard, will factor prominently into the lineup.
Butler has nothing but high praise for Rembert. "He's going to be the surprise of the summer," Butler said. "He's skilled, he can score and he has a great feel for the game."
Here's a look at the Warriors roster:
Ousmane Barro, PF, 2003 Charlie Richardson, PG, 2003 Shannon Brown, SG, 2003 Marcus Heard, CF, 2003 Collin Falls, SG, 2003 Michael Rudoy, SF, 2003 Michael Binns, F, 2003 Jerald Hunter, C, 2003 Dennard Montague, CF, 2003 Marcus Medsker, SF, 2003 Andre White, PG, 2003 Mike Rembert, PF/C, 2003 DeAaron Williams, SF, 2004
All-Time All-Warriors Team
"We always celebrated with these guys" – Larry Butler
Top Row (L-R): Darius Miles, Melvin Ely, AJ Guyton
Bottom Row (L-R) Sergio McClain, Quentin Richardson
Second Team: Brian Cardinal, Steve Dixon, Dewayne Wade, Troy Hudson, Cordell Henry.
Honorable Mention: Mark Vershaw, Marcus Griffin, Andre Iguodala, Brian Wardle, Sean Lampley, Dennis Gates
Photo Credits: Miles (James Finley), Ely (John Bazemore), Guyton (Tom Russo), McClain (Michael Conroy), Richardson (Ric Francis)