College Basketball's Best Coaches
CollegeHoops.net is lucky to have access to some of the best coaches in college basketball. As part of our preseason interview series, we thought it would be appropriate to ask these basketball minds about the best things that their team and college basketball has to offer.
Fran McCaffery: Siena
We continue this month long Q&A Series with coach Fran McCaffery, who led the Saints to the NCAA Tournament's second round last year. Coach McCaffery was kind enough to take time out of his busy preseason schedule to answer questions for CollegeHoops.net:
CollegeHoops.net) What will be the best strength of this year's team?
Fran McCaffery) Experience. Our core unit has played a lot of minutes together and all five starters from last year’s team return.
CollegeHoops.net) Are there any weaknesses that concern you?
FM) We are not a big team…more built on speed and quickness.
CHN) Who will be the biggest leaders on this year's squad?
FM) Kenny Hasbrouck*. He is the best player and our hardest worker.
[* Editor: Hasbrouck, a senior guard, averaged 16.1 ppg last year]
CHN) Tie score, with just a few seconds left … who will be your go-to guy in those situations?
FM) We have four go-to guys. Kenny Hasbrouck, Alexander Franklin, Edwin Ubiles or Ronald Moore. I have confidence in all of them and they have all delivered in the clutch.
CHN) What's the best change you've made in your coaching style in recent seasons?
FM) Every year I have to make changes based on our personnel.
CHN) If everything goes according to plan, what's the best case scenario this season?
FM) League Champs*, NCAA Tournament
[* Editor: Siena's in the MAAC. They went 13-5 in league play last year]
CHN) Any last words to Siena fans?
FM) We're hosting the Coaches vs. Cancer BasketBall on November 6 in Albany*. We expect between 600 and 1000 people and hope to raise over $200,000.
[* Editor: If you're in the Capital Region, you should definitely head out to this important event]