After eight years as
an assistant coach, Scott Cross took over as Texas-Arlington's
head coach last April. Known as a good recruiter, Cross
has a lot of work to do as the Mavericks lose their three
leading scorers from last year's 14-16 team.
Siegel (CHN): How does this year's schedule compare to
recent seasons in terms of difficulty?
Steve Cross (SC): It
might be a little more difficult because of all of our road
games. We play at North Texas, at TCU, at UTPA, at Illinois
State, at Western Illinois, at Oklahoma, at UC-Riverside, at
Texas Southern, and at Texas in non-conference alone.
CHN: How will you deal with the losses of your graduating
Steve Cross (SC): It will
be very hard to replace the outgoing seniors. Steven Thomas
finished his career as the 2nd leading scorer & 4th
leading rebounder in the history of the program. Jarrett Howell
was an extremely, tough hard-nosed player that could really
defend and score, and he was a great leader too. Both Steven and
Jarrett were 2nd Team All-SLC. Brady Dawkins started
almost every single game for us at the PG position last year. He
is basketball IQ, court vision, passing, 3-pt shooting, and
leadership will be tough to replace. Kenneth Henderson was the
utility player that did a little bit of everything. He always
guarded the opposing team’s best player, and he did a great job
of rebounding and was a good leader too.
will the strengths and weaknesses of
this year’s team to be?
think that our strength will be our inside players. We have
three really good returning post players in Anthony Vereen,
Jermaine Griffin, and Larry Posey. We also have a couple of
extremely good 3-pt shooter in Rodrick Epps and Brandon Long.
Our weaknesses lie in having no seniors on our team. We will
definitely need one of our younger guys to emerge as a leader
because we lost a lot of leadership last year.