He's the team captain, the vocal leader in the locker room and in practice [and on the floor when his voice holds out]. He challenges his teammates to play 110% for every game.Putting them in the Purple Reign categories:
But what about next year? Who steps up?
Maybe we can get a rough idea by looking at this year's team, using our Pregame Intel categories...
The Big Gun - G Jitim Young - Averages 18 ppg - F Vedran Vukusic is #2 with 14.2 ppg. Deadeye Dick - G Jitim Young - Averages .547 shooting average - Vukusic and Davor Duvancic average .478
The Bomber - F Vedran Vukusic -has taken the most  3 pointers - followed by G Evan Seacat with 95.
Off the Boards - G Jitim Young - 6.3 rebounds per game - followed by Vukusic with 4.5
Charity Stripe - Don't foul PG T. J. Parker or Evan Seacat - they hit for 75% from the line
Pickpocket - G Jitim Young has 49 steals, Mohamed Hachad is right behind with 42.
Super Sub - C Davor Duvancic has the most minutes off the bench, but he sometimes starts. G Evan Seacat is has the the most minutes of the true subs.
Helping Hands - T.J. Parker is the assist leader  followed by Vukusic's 68.
You'd expect Vedran Vukusic to emerge next year, as the team's scoring and rebound leader, although whoever takes the other forward position should assume Jitim's role up front.Last month, the Daily Herald's Lindsay Willhite
Our prime candidate to take over Jitim's small forward slot is C/F Davor Duvancic who has been playing center, but who could also move up front to give the Cats more height in the forecourt. The main reason for any move would be that the Cats have a lot of guys who can play Center next year. At forward, you'd expect Duvancic to increase his rebounding to hold the position.
You might also see SG Mohamed Hachad move up and play Small Forward. He's averaging just under 4 boards a game as a shooting guard, and knows his way around both the basket and the baseline. Hachad up front would give G Evan Seacat more playing time at Shooting Guard and point.
Then there are the two players who are riding out transfer years -C Michael Thompson and F/SG Tim Doyle.
Doyle has traditionally played the small forward/shooting guard slot. At 6-4 and 220, he probably has the muscle to get inside and make things happen. He's probably got a chance to grab that other forward slot, especially if he can play the baseline.
But the player who may emerge to take Jitim's leadership role might just be Joliet's McDonald's All American center Michael Thompson. For now, the only Senior next year is Duvancic who hasn't indicated he's the kind of guy who calls out teammates, but that can change.
noted that teams that make the NCAA's have two common factors -- Senior Leadership and McDonald's All Americans.
The key to the Wildcats' success next year just might be in the hands of two guys named Davor and Michael, and if that's the way it plays out, almost everyone will be surprised.
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