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COLLEGE COACH: PREVIEW Q&A's

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By Shawn Siegel

shawn@collegehoops.net

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.

 

Collegehoops.net: 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.


CHN:
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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