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By Shawn Siegel

October 4th 2006

Richmond Head Coach: Chris Mooney


Chris Mooney's first season in Richmond was full of ups, nice home wins over NCAA Tournament teams like Old Dominion and Seton Hall, and downs, a 1-10 road record.  With six new faces coming in, Mooney is slowly molding the roster to fit his style of play.  He chats with us about what should be an interesting season for Spiders fans.


Chris MooneyShawn Siegel (CHN): What will the strengths and weaknesses of this year’s team to be?

Chris Mooney (CM):  I think that we will have to count on a lot of young players in key positions, and while I think those players are talented and have potential, it’s hard to compete at such a high level without experience.



CHN: How will you overcome the loss of graduated seniors Bucknor and Steeneberge?


CM: It will be difficult to replace our graduated seniors.  We relied on them for a lot of scoring and rebounding.  They were 2 guys who played college basketball for 4 years and excelled.  I think that Gaston Moliva is in a position to take his game to a higher level.  He is a tremendous athlete and defender who could excel with better players around him this year.



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


CM: Peter Thomas has gone from a walk-on to a 2 year scholarship player.  He lead the team in minutes played last season and is a good representative of what we want our program to be.  He is a very good defender and he has a good grasp of how we do things.



CHN: What should we expect out of the incoming players. Who will make the biggest impact?

There are 6 incoming freshmen and 1 redshirt freshman.  The redshirt freshman is Ryan Butler.  Ryan has a chance to play a lot of minutes for our team at a number of different positions.  He is versatile and skillful and should be a key contributor.  Dan Geriot is a true freshman from Springfield, PA who has a chance to help us this season.  He is a good shooter and ball handler and has a very good sense for the game.  Brian Morris is a true freshman from PA who also could play.  He is a 6’5” guard who is also versatile and skilled to play multiple positions.  All of the freshmen could get an opportunity.



CHN: How does this year's schedule compare to recent seasons in terms of difficulty?

CM: I like our schedule for this team.  We have 2 ACC teams and a Big East opponent to play on the road this year in Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and South Florida.  Our home slate includes VCU which is becoming a great rivalry for us.



CHN: Realistically, what are your expectations for this team?

CM:  It is difficult with 7 newcomers to predict this season.  I hope that we can be competitive and gain experience quickly.



CHN: Thanks for your time coach.


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