In addition, the Triton Varsity has been playing without starting small forward James Paterson, who has been cleared after being sidelined with an illness.
While Coach Popovich expects it to take some time for each of the "newcomers" to get back into basketball shape, he also thinks they will have an immediate impact. Many Triton parents and fans believe the team (4-2) would be undefeated, if it played at full strength from the outset.
Fotheringham, who at 6-5 235 is expected to be the team's best rebounder and interior defender, certainly could have made a difference against J. Serra in the championship game of the Diablo Inferno Tournament where the Tritons lost on a tip-in with 8.9 seconds remaining. The team's other loss came when it gave up an eight-point lead in the final two minutes of the game in the season opener against Capistrano Valley Christian.
San Clemente will be tested at the Irvine World News Tournament on December 15-19. A handful of top-20 teams are in the event, and the Tritons are likely headed to a second-round showdown with No. 7 Edison. A good showing at the event would surely move the Tritons up the ranks.
On the Junior Varsity level, San Clemente will go to the El Toro Tournament this week, an event which it has won two of the last three years. It will open with a quick-turnaround rematch with Woodbridge, which it defeated 58-51 on Thursday.
The sophomores also start off against Woodbridge as they travel up the 405 to the Fountain Valley Tournament.
The freshmen get the shortest commute this week, playing in the Laguna Hills Toys for Tots Tournament. In they opening round, they will face a Capistrano Valley team which they lost to a week earlier.
The Frosh B will be idle this week.