A Roaring Start-The Lions have started the season 11-1 and have started in this fashion for the past 3 seasons. With a ranking at # 18 in the country, strong showings in the Heartland/LSC Challenge and in the Angelo State Invitational, they have built a strong out of conference resume. Their lone loss was a one point defeat to # 11 Arkansas-Fort Smith 63-62. A few dribbles the other way and the Lions are undefeated heading into the second half of the season.
Lone Star-In LSC play, the Lions are 4-0. They defeated an always tough Cameron team on the road, and also took down Midwestern State in Wichita Falls. The two longest road trips to Western and Eastern New Mexico yielded two very convincing victories to go to 4-0. Texas A&M-Kingsville presents a stronger challenge. At 9-4, the Hoggies are no pushover and hosting this game is favorable, but games like these HAVE TO be won to keep the Lions in LSC contender status. There are very few, if any wins in the LSC.
You’re starting 5 are 6’3 Junior guard Willie Rooks from Houston, 6’0 Junior guard Reggie Reid from Harlem, Georgia, 6’7 Forward Joseph Williams-Powell from Saginaw, Michigan, 6’7 Senior Forward Dorian Armstrong from Detroit, Michigan, and 6’6 Junior Forward Aaron Horne from Lake Worth, Florida. Leading scorers are the back court of Rooks and Reid who average 15 and 14 a game, respectively. Serbian big man Srdan Budimir leads the Lions from Downtown, hitting 44 percent of his 3 point shots and leading rebounder is Williams-Powell who grabs 6.3 boards a game. This is an experienced starting 5 and also the bench is deep, with 3 reserves averaging at least 7 points per game. Experience is key.
Jaret Von Rosenberg, the new head coach was the perfect fit when Sam Walker decided to move onto another job with the University. As assistant the last time the Lions won the LSC in 2015, he is known as a furious recruiter and he is also a winner. He was 48-16 in two seasons at Collin County in McKinney and was an assistant at Hartford, his alma mater. I feel very good about have Coach Rosenberg at the helm and so far, so VERY good.
Lion Basketball has been super successful as of late. 19-9 in the 13-14 season, 24-8 with a LSC title and a NCAA D2 tournament berth in 14-15, 17-11 in 15-16, and 19-11 last season with D2 Tournament appearances. This team is posed to replicate that success, so do not be surprised to see this team make a deep run. Lions tip off at 7 PM Thursday night at the University Fieldhouse.