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COLLEGE HEAD COACH: PREVIEW Q&A's

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By Shawn Siegel

shawn@collegehoops.net

October 6th, 2006

 

UC Riverside Head Coach: David Spencer

 

The 2nd year Highlanders coach chats with us about the upcoming season.

 

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

David Spencer (DS): I think it is basically comparable. We go to UCLA , San Diego State and Iowa State so there are some real bumps waiting for us if we are not tough enough and do not learn to trust and depend on each other.

 

CHN: How will you deal with the losses of your graduating seniors?

 

DS: On the one hand I truly enjoyed our now departed seniors, but from the standpoint of winning I do not know how hard they will be to replace. I believe that Benoit Bekono is really ready to step up along with Larry Cunningham and Aaron Scott.

 

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


DS: I think our overall team attitude will be improved. I also know we will be much more fundamentally sound at the defensive end of the court.

 

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

 

DS: Dedrick Bates is a kid who came here as a walk on and is still a walk on. Despite missing all but one game in the second half of league play due to injury, the league coaches chose him as Defensive player of the year as well as honorable mention all conference. He will now be one of co-captains along with Justin Bell who suffered a season ending knee injury very early in the  year. These two have a lot of responsibility on their shoulders. They are both tough and understand what it takes to win at this level.
 

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

DS:  I suspect that Severin Gates from Odessa JC by way of San Diego will be an impact player as well as Henrick Thomsen from Copenhagen. But truthfully, with ten new student-athletes out of thirteen on scholarship it will all be determined by these guys from the day they arrive.

 

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

DS: I have two goals. First to graduate our seniors and second to have a winning season which would be our first in Division One.

 

 

CHN: Thanks Sean.  Good luck.

 

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