Three other 2013-14 lettermen earned team awards, and of the six players moving up from lower division teams, four are past award winners. Ten of the 14 varsity players are seniors, with the remainder being juniors.
Sorting the roster alphabetically by last name, the first four players all are past all-league award winners. In fact, the first two, seniors Nick Crankshaw and Sam Darnold, are past first-team selections. Both will be in their third varsity seasons. Crankshaw, a guard, was the team's MVP and a first team all-Sea View League selection in 2013-14. Darnold, a forward, is the star quarterback of the Triton football team and recently committed to his college ball for USC. He missed all but eight basketball games during an injury-plagued junior campaign, and was the Sea View League's MVP as a sophomore.
Junior forward Cole Fotheringham is in his third varsity season, having been named to the all-league second team last year. Another forward, senior Cade Griffin, was an all-league honorable mention in 2013-14. He had the program's highest-scoring game last year with 33 against Laguna Hills.
Returning senior guards Joe Mann and Scott Herrod each earned team awards last season. Mann was the team's most-improved player, and Herrod earned the prestigious Triton Basketball Award.
Junior guard Gage Shelmidine is another returning varsity award winner. He was the team's defensive player of the year.
Sernior forward Vince Smetona, remembered for scoring 11 points in his first nine varsity minutes last year, also returns.
Award winners moving up from the lower divisions include senior guard/forward Tyler Voigt, offensive player of the year for last year's league champion Triton Junior Varsity. He'll be joined by his starting point guard, senior Jake Russell, who earned the team's coaches award. Russell will be fresh off his service as a defensive captain for the varsity football team.
Another member of last year's JV squad, junior guard James Paterson, was MVP of the 2012-13 Triton Frosh and off to a great start on the JV before his season was shortened by injury.
Junior forward/center Dillon Waikle, who shot up to 6-8 since earning offensive player of the year honors for last year's Triton Soph team, joins the varsity roster.
Rounding out the 2014-15 selection are two more stalwarts from last year's JV champs, seniors Dean Licht, a guard and Shaughn Ritchie, a forward/center. Both are also high-performing starters on the varsity football team, Licht as a wide receiver and Ritchie as left tackle.