First year Coach Danny Sancomb has taken the reigns of the Cardinal
basketball program, succeeding long-time WJU Coach Jay DeFruscio. Sancomb was
hired after DeFruscio was hired as an assistant coach for the NBAs Indiana
Pacers. Sancomb returns to Wheeling from St. Marys Ryken High School in
Leonardtown, MD where he served as athletic director and head boys basketball
coach for the past three years. Last season, Sancomb was named Coach of the
Year in the WCAC, one of the most prestigious high school basketball conferences
in the country. A 1998 graduate of Wheeling Jesuit with a bachelor's of arts
degree in criminal justice, Sancomb also earned his master's in business
administration at Wheeling Jesuit, graduating in 2004.
Joining Sancomb on the coaching staff will be fourth year
head assistant Chad Dickman, and volunteer assistants Jay Morris (3rd year) and
Ryan Kostur (1st year).
The Cardinals lost three seniors to graduation, including
2nd Team All-Conference player Ricky Yahn and Honorable Mention All-Conference
forward Colin Howard. King Miner, a 4-year letter winner who averaged nine
points and five rebounds, is also gone. All three were starters during the
2006-07 year and will be a tough trio to replace. The team was one win away
from its third straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
The 2007-08 squad will be eager to eclipse the Cards 18-10
record from last year. They will be led by a senior core of Duane Compo, Jhared
Simpson, and Rusty Wooten.
Compo returns as the teams leading scorer after averaging
just under 10 points per game and looks primed to have a breakout senior season.
Simpson, who averaged seven points and seven rebounds, will be a mainstay in
the frontcourt and looked upon as one of the teams top leaders . Wooten will
return for a fifth year after a knee injury ended his season prematurely and
forced him to redshirt during the 2006-07 season.
They will be joined by another returning starter in junior
point guard Maqsood Harrington. The 6-footer from Oxon Hill, MD will look to
lead the Cardinal attack both offensively and defensively. Lance Randall, a
sophomore wing who played important minutes as a freshman, will have an expanded
role this year. Derek Wise, a 62 combo guard from Baltimore, MD should also
see significant minutes in the Cardinal backcourt. Greg Andrews will add
much-needed depth to the post position. The 69 forward from Strongsville, OH
played a reserve role last year, but has made considerable progress in the past
year. The Cardinals have a nice crop of up-and-coming players with two redshirt
freshman and five true freshman. 66 wing Joe Suchy (Pittsburgh, PA) and 61
point guard Kyle Higgins (Columbus, OH) will look to crack the Cardinal rotation
this year. The recruiting class of 2007 consists of 64 wing Adam McFerran
(Stow, OH), 62 shooting guard Jamell Walker (Edgewood, MD), 62 shooting
guard Andrew Kirey (Millville, NJ), 59 point guard Ben Hodkinson (Tippecanoe,
OH), and local Wheeling Central standout Brian Yahn.
The Cardinal squad will again take on a difficult
schedule. In addition to the twenty conference games in the always tough WVIAC,
the team will travel to Clarion (PA) and host traditional DII powerhouse
California (PA). The Cards will also take on Wilmington (OH) and Loch Haven
(PA) in the annual Main Street Classic.