Another Kent State - Akron men's basketball game will be on national television in the 2009-2010 season. Kent State's January 23 home game with Akron had been rumored to appear on ESPNU, and now Associate Head Coach Rob Senderoff confirmed it as he appeared on the 'Inside Kent State Sports' show on Thursday night at the Water Street Tavern. The March 5 season finale will be shown on ESPN2 at Akron. Senderoff was on hand to discuss the upcoming season because Geno Ford is in Dallas recruiting at a junior college jamboree. Senderoff was joined by sophomore big man Justin Greene. Women's head coach Bob Lindsay was joined by seniors Rachel Bennett and Yoshica Spears.
MEN'S BASKETBALL NOTES...
Senderoff noted that Greene, Rod Sherman and Tyree Evans as the most improved players on the team.
Greene is looking in much better shape after dedicating himself in the weight room while also eating right.
Evans has improved his game immensely by working out in Chicago during the summer and should be an improved ball handler plus an improved mid range game.
Sherman benefited greatly by playing point guard on the Italy trip. Sherman is the team's starting point guard going into the season after playing on the wing his first two years in the program.
Freshman Randal Holt from Glenville High School in Cleveland is the team's only true point guard that is expected to play. He has gained eleven pounds since the conclusion of his senior year in high school.
Sophomore guard Ian Pinckney is described as a tough, strong wing player that should provide good perimeter defense.
Junior Greg Avila was described by Senderoff as athletic, strong, and physical that will bring a tough rebounding presence to Kent State's interior.
Junior Justin Manns is much a work in progress. At 6-11, 205 pounds, Manns can block shots and can help right now on defense. I would expect the team to redshirt Manns if they can afford it.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL NOTES...
Bennett remarked that improved team chemistry and togetherness will help the team improve on last season's 8-8 MAC record and disappointing exit in the quarterfinals of the MAC tournament.
It will be post player by committee, at least at the beginning of the season, to replace center Anna Kowalska. Ellie Shields, Lorriane Odhiambo and freshman Leslie Schaefer will battle it out to see who earns the most minutes.
Freshman Sam Price is a point guard that should earn minutes behind Stephanie Gibson.