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By Shawn Siegel

October 18th, 2006


UWGB Head Coach: Tod Kowalczyk


Tod KowalczykWith all five starters returning, UW-Green Bay head coach Tod Kowalczyk knows this could be his best Phoenix team yet.


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


Tod Kowalczyk (TW): I think one of the strengths of our team is the fact that we have everybody returning. In addition to the experience factor, I like our athletic ability. This is the best team that we've had in the five years that we've been here and we feel very good about the upcoming season. As far as weaknesses, I'd like to see what kind of depth we have on the perimeter. That is probably my biggest concern.  


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


TW: There are three players that stand out as unsung leaders or contributors. The first person is Ryan Evanochko who is one of the best players in the Horizon League. He is a guy that has come a long way in his career, can really defend and at the same time is a very good point guard. I think Josh Lawrence being a four-year starter is a guy who leads by example. He's as tough of a guy as I've been around. Then there is Terry Evans who is a redshirt sophomore. This is his third year in the program and defensively he's one of the best players in our league and his offense keeps on improving. 


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


TW: We have two newcomers who are eligible to play: Troy Cotton from Milwaukee Rufus King High School and Chase Sukut. I expect both guys to have an opportunity to play quite a bit and really add to our perimeter depth. That's what we were looking for and hopefully they can fulfill those roles. 


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


TW: Our schedule starts out this year with six of our first seven games on the road, which will be a challenge no matter who you are playing. You throw on top of that the fact that we have road games at Wisconsin and Michigan State. I think that our schedule year in and year out has been one of the most difficult in mid-major basketball.


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? 


TW: I don't want to say that our starting lineup is locked in stone, but we do return all five starters from a year ago. I'm not saying that we're not going to change it, but right now I feel really good about the five guys that we have coming back. I think all five guys did a really good job of preparation for our trip to Spain and had very good off-seasons. The chances of us having the same starting five the first game is pretty good. 


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