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By Shawn Siegel

September 23rd, 2006

Irvine Head Coach: Pat Douglass


UC Irvine head coach Pat Douglass, who entered the storied 500 win club last season was kind of enough to chat about Anteaters basketball with CHN.


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

Pat Douglass (PD): The strength for the 2006 season will be the front-court players due to game experience whereas our guards are all new to the program. The front-court will have to establish themselves early until our guards learn how to compete at this level.



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


PD: Mark Kelly who was a back up post but who always seemed to score could be a big surprise his senior year. His play gives us additional depth because Darren Fells has started the past two campaigns.



CHN: Who is ready to take their game to the next level to replace the seniors?


PD Junior forward Patrick Sanders has improved with each season so this will be his third campaign.  I think he feels comfortable assuming a greater role especially on the offensive end.  He is a very explosive player who plays above the rim.



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

 Chuma Awaji could make an immediate impact after starting the past two years at community college. Our starting two guard (Ross Schraeder) has graduated and all other replacements will be freshmen. Chuma is a well rounded who could contribute in a variety of ways on the court.



CHN: Are you pretty well settled with your starting lineup? If not, what should be the biggest battle for a starting spot?

PD:  This team has more depth than any other in my ten years at UC Irvine so there will be a great deal of competition at all positions.



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

PD: Our schedule is very ambitious considering how inexperienced we are at the guard position. We must remain confident early no matter what our record is going into conference as we play the likes of South Carolina, Nevada, Oregon and South Alabama in November.


CHN: Good luck coach.


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