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By Shawn Siegel

July 31st, 2006


James Madison Q&A: Dean Keener


A promising season turned sour quickly, as James Madison struggled to a 5-23 record.  But an impressive group of sophomores and a host of incoming players gives head coach Dean Keener and the Dukes hope for the future. Discuss all the incoming players for a bit. Who will make the biggest impact?

Dean Keener:  We will have six newcomers - 4 freshmen, 1 junior college transfer and 1 four-year transfer.  It's hard to
predict the future with freshman.  Terrance Carter was a
JUCO All-American at Southeaster CC and has a chance to be an impact player for us.


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


DK:  We lost 3 seniors.  No one person will replace that experience, but our sophomore group is primed to become very good - Juwann James, Kyle Swanston, Joe Posey, Lew Lampley and Colbey Santos.


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

DK:  The strength of this years team will be versatility.  We will also have big guards/wings relative to our league.  A weakness will be senior leadership.  We will not have a senior on roster.


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:


DK:  Juwann James was the CAA Rookie of the year.  He is a very optimistic player.  Kyle Swanston is one of our hardest workers and should have a breakout year.


CHN: What coaches have helped you reach the level of success you’re at today?

DK:  I have been fortunate to play and work for many great coaches.  My high school coach, Jim Maddox, was the first to play a role in my basketball development.  Other such as George Raveling, Bill Foster and Paul Hewitt really touched my way of thinking.

What type of goals have you set for this season?


DK:  As we continue to build this program, we look forward to good things.  We are excited about the foundation that has been laid and hope for good year.

CHN: Thanks for your time Dean.


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