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By Shawn Siegel

October 19th, 2006


UW-Milwaukee Head Coach - Rob Jeter


Rob Jeter was pretty successful in his first of head coaching experience at any level: 22 wins, a Horizon League regular season title, a Conference title, and a win over Oklahoma in the NCAA Tournament. Can year two get any better?


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


Rob Jeter (RJ): I really like the roster we have assembled for this year. I think we have the potential to be very disruptive on the defensive end of the floor and have a lot of people contribute offensively. We should be very deep, so there will be a lot of competition for playing time. We also will look to wear people down. Certainly, we'll be counting on a lot of players that do not have a great deal of college experience. But, those players have all played in very high level situations in high school, prep school, junior college and during the summers, so I am confident they can make the adjustment.


CHN: How will you begin to deal with the loss of so many graduating seniors?


RJ: The seven seniors that were a part of last year's team all made great
contributions and obviously will be hard to replace. They were very committed
and very dedicated to being successful, and they were able to use their
experience to win games in very difficult situations. But, I am confident that
we have plenty of players on our roster who want to follow in their footsteps.
We have players here that want to be here because of the success we have
achieved in recent seasons.

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


RB: You always look to your seniors to provide leadership and I think Kevin Massiah and Nick Hansen are both capable of taking on that role. There are probably a lot of people that aren't expecting much out of either one of those players, but players have a way of stepping up when they know it is their final season and when they know they can make a difference. Both players have worked hard to be ready for this coming season, and we'll be looking forward to seeing them make their marks in their final year.

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


RB: We will certainly be looking for a lot of the new faces to make contributions.  You always look to people who have experience to be able to make the easiest transition, so I think (Northern Illinois transfer) Paige Paulsen should be an
all-league-type performer. We also have guys like Kaylan Anderson and Ricky Franklin that were on campus last year. But, many of the other newcomers made a commitment to being here over the summer and I think they are ready to try to
earn a spot this fall. We've seen everyone working hard, looking to gain any edge they can. I think we will have a lot of newcomers who will make contributions.



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


RJ: This year's schedule will be as difficult as any we have faced in recent years.  Last year, our non-league schedule ranked 21st in the nation, and I would suspect this year's will turn out much the same way. With games at Wisconsin, Michigan, Northern Iowa and Missouri State, we'll be playing four games against teams that will be in the top 20 to 40 teams in the country. It is also exciting to host teams like Washington State, UAB and Wyoming. I think the schedule will really challenge our team, and get them ready for the Horizon League schedule.


CHN: Are you pretty well settled with your starting lineup? If not, what should we expect to be the biggest battles for a starting position? 


RJ: There will be battles for every spot in our starting lineup. Like I said earlier, Paige Paulsen, with his experience, is someone we will really be counting on. But, after that, we really have a lot of options. We could field a big lineup, or we could go with a guard-heavy lineup. Veterans like Kevin Massiah and Nick Hansen could force their way into the lineup in their senior years, or the young guys could do things that make it very hard to keep them on the bench. We should have a very good and competitive preseason.


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