Boys Basketball

Seniors could play major role for Madison during upcoming season

MADISON TWP. — Shane Richardson hasn’t seen roster depth like this since taking over Madison High School’s boys basketball team. He hasn’t seen a group of seniors with this much athleticism either.

The third-year coach said his four seniors will play major roles for the Mohawks during the 2022-2023 season.

“What stands out the most is our depth,” said Richardson, whose squad is coming off an 8-13 overall, 4-9 Southwestern Buckeye League performance a season ago. “This has to be the deepest club I’ve had the privilege to coach.”

Returning starters for the Mohawks are seniors Roman Stanley, Kyle Rubio and Charles Duritsch. Ethan Gadd, the other senior, will also play a crucial part on the court.

“Roman has the ability to put points on the board playing inside and out,” Richardson said. “Duritsch excels on the glass and defensive end of the floor for us, and his touch around the basket has improved a ton leading into the season.”

Stanley averaged 8.9 points a game as a junior guard, while Rubio (5.6 PPG) and Duritsch (4.4 PPG, 5.5 RPG) chipped in as well. Gadd saw plenty of playing time in 15 games last season.

Richardson said that junior guard/forward Drew Whisman is an “excellent shooter who has slid into a major role for us. He’s getting better daily on the defensive end and has the potential to be a really good complete player.” Whisman bucketed 3.9 points a contest last season.

Junior guard Jaylin Pendleton and junior forward Aiden Grooms all played major minutes last year, while junior guard Zane Sproat dressed during his sophomore year. 

“With the departure of last year’s seniors, the door has been open for our two sophomores to have the potential to be very good,” Richardson said of Kaleb Miller and Grady Combs. “When healthy, we can legit play 10 guys — 10 skilled guys who I think can be a very good club if we can put it together.”

“They are a great group of kids who enjoy being around each other,” Richardson said. “We travel every summer to play and do some type of community service. Every time we attend and do something like this, I find them teaching me along the way as well.

“They genuinely enjoy being around each other and having a good time, but man are they competitive,” Richardson added. “I’m hoping for a great season, and I believe if we can get rolling early, the sky is the limit.”

Madison opens up the season at Dayton Christian on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 7:15 p.m.

2022-2023 Madison Mohawks Roster

(Number Player Grade Height Position)

3 Aiden Grooms JR 5’11 F

10 Drew Whisman JR 6’1 G

13 Kaleb Miller SO G

14 Jaylin Pendleton JR 6’1 G

20 Zane Sprout JR 5’7 G

22 Roman Stanley SR 5’11 G

24 Kyle Rubio SR 5’9 G

31 Grady Combs SO

32 Charles Duritsch SR 6’7 C

33 Ethan Gadd SR 6’3 F

2022-2023 Madison Mohawks Schedule

Nov. 26 at Dayton Christian, 7:15 p.m.

Nov. 29 at Monroe, 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 2 at Franklin, 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 3 Arcanum, 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 6 at Bethel, 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 9 Bellbrook, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 10 at Preble Shawnee, 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 16 at Eaton, 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 21 Oakwood, 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 23 Dixie, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 6 at Brookville, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 13 at Valley View, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 20 Carlisle, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 24 at Waynesville, 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 27 Brookville, 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 3 Valley View, 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 7 at Carlisle, 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 10 Eaton, 7:30 p.m.

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