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By Shawn Siegel

July 16th, 2006


Charlotte: Bobby Lutz


Most teams in the Atlantic 10 couldn't handle the loss of a senior forward that averaged 16 points and 11 rebounds per game.  But Charlotte has all the pieces for another postseason run.  Bobby Lutz knows that if his team can rebound and the incoming players impress, this team can improve on last year's 19 win season that culminated with a loss to Cincinnati in the NIT.



CHN: What do you expect the strengths and weaknesses of this year’s team to be?

BL:  The biggest question for 06-07 is rebounding.  We should be a little better offensively and defensively but Curtis Withers rebounded the ball (4th in nation).  We will once again be able to utilize the 3 point shot extremely well and have more guys capable of making them (averaged over 8 per game last season and shot 37% from 3).  We have better depth at every position except center.  That is the big question at this time along with rebounding.


CHN: Talk for a moment about which of your guys deserve more credit for working hard in practice, in the workout room, and being leaders off the court:


BL:  Lee Goldwire is a tremendous leader on and off the court.  He is an extremely hard worker who has great balance in his life.  He carries over a 3.0 gpa and is married as well.  Lee is very mature and responsible and well respected by teammates, coaches, students, and faculty.  EJ Drayton has worked very hard in rehab after missing last season.  He would have made a big difference in last year’s team and is important for the upcoming season.

CHN: Discuss the incoming guys for a bit. Who will make the biggest impact?

BL:  Carlos Williams has a huge opportunity as an incoming point guard (junior college recruit).  We need him to make a quick adjustment.  Carlos is the best passer we have had in the program in a number of years and can enable others to get easy baskets.  His ability to make the transition to high level D1 play is a key. Sean Phaler is a tremendous shooter and offensive player.  Ian Andersen is very underrated and reminds me of a young Jobey Thomas (currently playing in Italian league), Charles Dewhurst is an athletic wing and David Booker can score.  Any number of the new guys could have an impact but Carlos is the key due to position.


CHN: How hard will it be to replace the outgoing seniors? Who is ready to step up their game instead?


BL:  We will miss Curtis Withers (3 time 1st team all league player).  Marcus Bennett was a great scorer off the bench.  We should be ok as long as we address the rebounding and center position.  De Angelo Alexander was first team all A10 and Lee Goldwire was honorable mention as a sophomore.  EJ Drayton returns and we have some new guys that should contribute.

CHN: What other coaches really helped you reach the level of success you’re at now?  How does their advice and teachings still help you to this day?

BL:  My high school coach, Bill Bost, was the best at getting guys to play together.  Cliff Ellis taught me the value of changing defenses to keep the opponent off balance and out of rhythm. Jeff Mullins showed me the value of individual improvement.  Melvin Watkins was great at getting guys to buy into the team.  All of the above still helps me today.

What are your realistic goals and hopes for this season?

BL:  We always strive for the NCAA tournament.  We want to finish in the top couple of the A10 which will be a challenge.  We aspire to be league champs every year.


CHN: Thanks for your time Coach. Anything coming up this month?


BL:  We have a week of individual camp from July 30 – August 3rd ages 8-17 day or overnight camp.  We also have a two day skills camp on the 4th and 5th of August with a few spots available. [Info on- line or at 704-687-4939.] Thanks guys.


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