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By Shawn Siegel

October 27th, 2006


SFA Head Coach - Danny Kaspar


Stephen F. Austin head coach Danny Kaspar isn't really a known commodity on the national coaching scene. But he should be.  After taking over a floundering SFA program six years ago, he has built the Lumberjacks into a consistent winner and is on the verge of making the Big Dance for the first time.


Shawn Siegel (CHN): What should we expect to be the strengths and weaknesses of next year’s team? 


Danny KasparDanny Kaspar (DK): The strenghts of our team include seven returning lettermen, including 3 starters and two other part time starters. We return our top two scorers and rebounders off a 17-12 team, Our #5,6, and 7 scorers are also coming back.Experience and offensive firepower is a plus for us. We aiso return some players with leadership skills. I don't think we can fully replace Marcus Clark, our all-conference point guard, but we do return his back-up Gerald Fonzie and we signed two other point guards to ensure we have the position covered. Point guard play is an unknown as we begin the year. 



CHN: Discuss the incoming newcomers.  Who do you think will make the biggest impact? 


DK: We signed 4 J.C. transfers.  All will be asked to help. Corwin Ragland is a 6'1" combo guard from Yavapai Jr. College. He will be asked to help us at either guard position with emphasis at the point. Shelby Lewis is a sophomore transfer from Jacksonville JC. He is a pure point guard who will battle for the starting position. Trevor Guy is a 6'6" power forward who averaged 17 points a game at Grayson County JC. Kyle Jacobs is an athletic forward who can rebound and defend. He can play either forward spot. All 4 of these recruits are expected to provide quality playing time.


CHN: Talk about a player or two that stand out as being an unsung leader and contributor? 

DK: As far as an unsung leader or player is concerned, Keith Hardaway provided some great leadership and solid play for us at the off-guard spot! Matt Kingsley, our 6'8" back-up center last year had some good games but was inconsistent overall. However, he was only a red-shirt freshman! Scott weaver, a 6'8" power forward started the first 5 games of the season but broke a bone in his foot and missed 5 weeks and came off the bench upon returning. Chaz Dykes started the first 5 games of the year before losing the shooting guard spot to Hardaway. He played well the last 7-8 games of the year averaging about 18 minutes of action. I think any one of these four players mentioned could jump up and surprise all of us!



CHN: How will you deal with the graduation of the two seniors?


DK: We lost a 4 year starter, Marcus Clark, and a 2 year starter, Anthony Paez to graduation. Marcus was a two time all-conference performer for us and holds the all-time assists record at SFA. Anthony was our 2nd leading rebounder and our 4th leading scorer. Marcus cannot be replaced 100%. Anthony was not as consistent as Marcus or Josh Alexander, but he played well most of the time. We will miss them both.


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


DK: Our 2006-07 schedule is the most difficult of my time here at SFA. We play TCU, Missouri, and Arkansas on the road early. We play Louisiana-Lafayette, North Texas, and Northern Illinois at home. We also play Southern and U.T. Pan American on the road. This is one of my more experienced and talented teams, but we will face a tougher non-conference schedule.



CHN: Is your starting lineup settled right now? Expect a lot of competition for the 5 spots?


DK: My starting line-up is by no means settled. Josh Alexander will probably start if he maintains his current attitude. There will be tough battles for the other 4 positions! 



CHN: Realistically, what are your goals for this season? 


DK: Our realistic goal is to win 18-20 games, win the West Division of the Southland Conference, and win the Southland Conference Post-Season tournament. If we are to do this, we must stay injury-free, Antuane miller must work hard and maintain a good  attitude, and our recruits must help immediately, particularly at the point guard position.   


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