Boys Basketball: Warren players get to show new coach that they’ve got game

Story Image Gurnee Monday 06.04.12. New Warren High School boys basketball coach Ryan Webber (second from right) is shown with assistants (from left to right) Ryan Bruno, Steve Szabo and Jon Jasnoch (far right) in the school's field house on Monday, June 4, 2012, in Gurnee. | Buzz Orr~Sun-Times Media
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Updated: June 5, 2012 6:51PM



Fortunately, the breathing process — inhaling and exhaling — isn’t something you have to think about doing.

Otherwise, we’d all be concerned for Ryan Webber, the new varsity boys basketball coach at Warren High School, who would be the leader in the clubhouse if there was a contest for having the most stuff on your plate at any one time.

On Monday, the Webber family got the last of their stuff out of the house in Moline and into their new home in Gurnee.

In the afternoon, Webber worked for the first time with about 30 Blue Devils basketball players on the first day of summer camp.

At night, it was back to unpacking the multitude of boxes in the new home.

That process will be repeated each day until Friday. That’s because, on Friday and Saturday, he’ll be traveling with the team to Oswego East High School to compete in a summer-league tournament.

“My wife and I got done moving in at 2:30 in the morning (Monday). It was quite a project for her and I, but we did it,” Webber said. “We survived a not-very-fun day that started at 7 a.m. Sunday. It’s been an eventful last couple of weeks.

‘‘The last couple days, especially, have been stressful with a lot of packing and unpacking and traveling. My house is definitely not immaculate right now.”

But even with the non-basketball related stuff on his plate, the new coach — who is replacing Hall of Famer Chuck Ramsey — got into an early groove with the two dozen-plus Warren basketball players on hand for the first day of workouts.

“It seems like they’re willing to learn, and they’re a group with some athleticism,” said Webber, who had a very good coaching run at Moline, before landing one of the best basketball-coaching jobs in the state.

“Right now, my whole thing, more than X’s and O’s, is getting our culture across to them: Here is what’s acceptable, here is what’s not acceptable; here is how we want to act on a basketball court; here is how we want to communicate on a basketball court; this is how we’re going to go about our work. Those things are important,” Webber said. “We’re trying to take baby steps with all of our drills. We worked a little bit on press break, things like that. We’re trying to take baby steps with that stuff and big steps with how things are going to be done around here.

“We play at Oswego East Friday and Saturday so we will have to start putting a few things in and getting ourselves organized. We only have four days to prepare, so we’ll see what happens.”

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