(CHN) How satisfied are you with the 'state of the program'?
What do you thinkis needed for your program to the reach the
Very satisfied. Jan van Breda Kolff's program is in its
second season here at St. Bonaventure University... as always,
there is a transition period associated with every coaching
change. I really like where the program is headed and as Jan's
system takes hold these next couple of years I am confident "big
things" are sure to happen.
(CHN) On a similar note, what do you feel about the
current state of the NCAA?
Are there any major problems with the institution of College
I believe the NCAA tries to "set protocol" that promotes and
fairly regulates all of its members. It's often the timeliness
of their policies that needs improving; some decisions come too
quickly for most coaches and some seem to take too long.
(CHN)Do you look for specific players to take important
leadership roles each year? Who do you expect to fill that role
Championship teams always have leadership beyond the coaches.
And we expect to compete for the A-10 Championship beginning
this season... so without question we are looking for and trying
to develop good player leadership on and off the court.
We are looking for our experienced players to fill the role
this year. We have three Seniors - Robert Cheeks, Patricio Prato,
& Joe Shepherd and return a very experienced Junior - Marques
Green. It is very foreseeable that one of these players will
become our team's natural leader... or it will be leadership by
(CHN) How do you feel about the newcomers to this year's
squad? Who do you think will be a major contributor right away?
All of our newcomers have a chance to make a big impact.
Certainly though, Jamil Terrell & Calvin Brown have the most
direct route. Both are 6'8" and athletic and both give us real
strength around the basket. Last season we really lacked this
aspect. Ahmad Smith is a very talented 6'5" point guard. He is
the perfect addition to Jan's system and will contribute right
(CHN)What are your reasonable expectations for this year's
We fully expect to compete for the A-10 Championship and push
for an NCAA Tournament berth.
(CHN) Is there
anything else you'd like to tell (your school's) fans, and
basketball fans around the country?
We couldn't be enjoying more, the support that Olean and
Western New York gives The Bonnies. We are working hard to make