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Boys Basketball: Lincoln-Way North using patient approach

Lincoln-Way North's Onteral Woodstakes shot duting Stagg Shootout. | John Patsch~For Sun-Times Media

Lincoln-Way North's Onteral Woodson takes a shot duting the Stagg Shootout. | John Patsch~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: July 26, 2013 6:27AM



Lincoln-Way North coach John Terry is a huge fan of legendary UCLA coach John Wooden.

While prepping for his fourth season on the sideline, Terry is taking Wooden’s coaching teachings to heart more than ever.

“When you come off a season like we had, the younger guys will take some time (the next season),” Terry said at the Stagg Shootout, which was held June 14 and 15.

“I’ve been frustrated, and reading more of coach Wooden’s stuff. One of the things on his coaching pyramid is patience. This will not happen overnight.”

In 2012-13, the program’s fifth season, Lincoln-Way North put together its best campaign by far, going 20-9 and winning the SouthWest Suburban Red title before falling to Bloom in a regional final. Before last season North’s previous high win total was 11, in 2009-10.

Terry and the Phoenix are starting from scratch for the 2013-14 season. Eight players who played big minutes a season ago for North are gone, including Daryle Morgan (13.4 points, 8.6 rebounds per game) and Tre Lewis (10.5 points, 2.9 assists).

The summer season is there for the taking for Terry’s squad. Someone has to step up into bigger roles, but he knows it will take time as he looks to replace his top six scorers.

“These guys with no varsity experience ... it’s not going to come together in two weeks,” Terry said. “It will take months of working at it when it clicks and the light bulb goes on. That’s the main thing, patience and persistence, continuing to work.”

One of the players Terry will be counting on is junior-to-be Onteral Woodson, who hopes to make the most of the summer sessions.

“Being moved up (to a bigger role), that’s what I’ve got to work for,” Woodson said. “I just want to be playing well for the team, maybe working on that team chemistry. We haven’t played together, don’t know about playing with each other, but I’m looking forward to playing and seeing how it goes.”

Terry intends to take advantage of the games and team camps in helping his younger players adjust to the varsity level.

“Summer is a great time to work and correct a kid’s shot, work on the shot form,” Terry said. “You just don’t have time in the season. You’re playing too much. It takes 21 days to break a bad habit, so summer lets you work on individual skills and basic fundamentals.”



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