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Men's Basketball Offseason Review

10/21/2014 - 4:49 AM

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Men's Basketball Offseason Review
Head Coach Matt Reimer

Coming off of back-to-back 20-8 seasons that included post-season victories over USF in 2014 and Concordia in 2013, the Husky Men’s basketball program has certainly got a lot to prove in 2015. However, these expectations don’t come without uncertainty. Redshirt Sophomore Seth Mortag tore his ACL and will be lost for the season. He averaged just less than 4 points and 2 rebounds in 22 games for the Huskies last season. 8 new players have been added since last season and are still working on mastering the offensive and defensive systems. And, finally, Matt Reimer is about to begin his own career as a head coach.

So what can we expect of the three newest additions to the Husky men’s basketball roster? When asked about the former St. Cloud Apollo multi-sport standout (and Division I Transfer from the University of Nebraska-Omaha) Simon Krych, Reimer was excited. “Simon brings us a big body in the post. At 6’8 240, he’s probably our strongest kid in the post. He gives us a big body to bang with and that’s something we were lacking last year. The combination of he and James should give us a pretty formidable defensive presence in the post. Offensively, I think that he’s a very skilled kid. He can step out to 15 or 17 feet and hit a shot. So I think that he’ll do some things there that will really help us.”

Donnell Cegers is a 6’5 forward from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He transferred from Kishwaukee College over the offseason. At Kishwaukee, Cegers led the team in scoring (16.3ppg) and rebounds (8.6rpg). He shot 53.2% from the field, was named to the All-Arrowhead Conference 1st team, won the All-Arrowhead Conference MVP award, and earned a 3.45 GPA as a sophomore. On the court, Reimer is most excited about Donnell’s glass-eating potential, “Donnell brings some toughness and rebounding that we’re going to need. Losing Matt Craggs last year, who was our best rebounder (hurt us). I think Donnell has the potential to be a guy who’s going to go out there and rebound the ball very well.”

Eddie Alcantara is a 6’4 junior guard from Chicago Hales Franciscan high school. He helped Hales to win the 2A State Championship in Illinois before going on to play at Blinn College. Reimer, like many of Alcantara’s coaches before him, spoke highly of his attitude, “Eddie brings a lot of energy. He’s always upbeat. He plays extremely hard and is a very good athlete. I think that as he gets comfortable with the system and the people he’s playing with, he’s just going to get better and better every day.”

With so many new players joining the system, veteran leadership and production becomes all the more important. Reimer was proud to note that they all spent a lot of time in the gym during the offseason. Here are some of the things to keep an eye on while watching returning stars like Kevin Levandoski, Jordan Poydras, and James Fort: “I think Jordan understands that he needs to be a better defender. He can use his athleticism to create some turnovers for us. I think Kevin knows that he needs to be more consistent with his perimeter shot and be a leader both on and off the court. Connor is trying to be more aggressive, attacking the basket off the bounce. We need him to do that because he’s a great free throw shooter and we need to get him to the foul line. I think that James knows that he needs to be more consistent down in the post area. He can’t have one game of 16 points and 10 rebounds and then the next game have 2 points and 2 rebounds and be in foul trouble. I think that all four of those guys know that they have a lot to prove. We’ve had two good years but I wouldn’t call them great years because we haven’t gotten into the NCAA’s like we’re accustomed to. I think those guys want to end that streak and get back into the playoffs in a big way.”

When asked about the expectations for the upcoming season, Reimer was hopeful, “With all of the new guys and with me being a head coach there’s a lot of uncertainty. We can all be really confident, but until we actually go out there and get something done, we’re just talking right now. I think we have the chance to compete with anybody that we play. Now will we be consistent enough and stay away from injuries? Ultimately that’s what will determine how successful we are at the end of the day. Are we going to be consistent? Are we going to be tough? And are we going to stay away from injuries? If we can do those three things, then I’m not afraid to play anybody.” The Huskies open the season with an exhibition game on November 7th, at Michigan State University and then go on the road for two games in Las Vegas that will have Regional implications. They return to Halenbeck Hall for the home-opener on November 21st at 7 p.m.


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