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By Shawn Siegel

September 30th, 2006

Wright St Head Coach: Brad Brownell


Call it a coup, or just call it lucky, but Wright State got a very good coach when Brad Brownell left UNCW and took the Raiders head coaching position.  Brownell averaged almost 21 wins per season in four years at UNCW, which is 8 more than the Raiders won last year.


BrownellShawn Siegel (CHN): How does this year's schedule stack up in terms of difficulty?

Brad Brownell (BB): This year's schedule will be more difficult.  There is not a "gimme" on the schedule.  We play our six of our first seven games on the road this year.  It could be a good thing to allow us time to get to know each other and it's at a time when school is out.  We play at LSU's tournament so it will give us a chance to see a Final Four team as well.  We play some new schools for WSU--Bradley, Marist, Coastal Carolins and others but also keep some of the rivals like a Miami (OH) and Bowling Green.


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

BB: I am still getting to know my new team since it is my first year but off the top my concern is size and rebounding.  Right now junior Jordan Pleiman at 6-8 is our biggest player and most dominant inside threat.  Jordan is a good player and has great potential but we need someone in the backup role for rebounding and in case he has foul problems.  Scottie Wilson could be that guy and Drew Burleson could give us a pop inside as well.  We will stress rebounding as a team concept.  The strengths are experience, speed and defense.  DaShaun Wood is a senior and all-league player, Drew Burleson is a fifth-year player and Jordan Pleiman was a part-time start his freshman year and ful-time starter as a sophomore.  The team has been ranked highly in the league's defensive stats the last few years and Wood was an all-defensive player.



CHN: How will you account for the graduation of last year's seniors?


BB: Just by watching tapes, I would say Jaron Taylor would be missed, not offensively but definitely defensively.  He always drew the other team's best player and worked very hard.  This year's team will return its top four scorers and top three rebounders.


CHN: Discuss the incoming players. Who will make the biggest impact?

 Vaughn Duggins was all-state in Indiana and signed with UNC-Wilmington early last fall but changed schools when I was hired at Wright State.  Duggins is athletic (6-3), solid shooter we will need and a smart player with great court sense,  Todd Brown signed with Wright State last fall.  He's played for a winner at Canton-McKinley and with some great players.  Brown is an athlete that will help us.



CHN: Talk about one of your guys that stands out as being an unheralded leader and contributor?


BB: Pleiman stands out for this.  He has played well in his role behind Wood and Burleson but started showing some signs last year of breaking out.  We need him inside to allow our outside game to grow.


CHN: Are you pretty well settled with your starting lineup? What should we expect to be the best preseason battles?

BB: Nothing is certain but the first three would likely be Wood, Burleson and Pleiman.  After that everything is up in the air but our roster is small this year so we expect everyone to battle for starts and playing time.

CHN: Thanks for your time coach.


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