Young Roundballers Hit the Hardwood
Our 2015-2016 men's Pioneer basketball team is young, Not quite this young, but with six freshmen and only two seniors plus a red shirt senior, they have to be fielding one of the youngest teams in D1 basketball.
Joe Scott, never afraid to throw young players into the mix, has added some size to his line-up with four players 6'5" and over. One intriguing newcomer is 6'6" Abiola Akintola. He is a raw talent from Australia who arrives in Denver as the team's wild-card. Nearly all the freshman came with local, district and/or state recognition and can score points so the greatest challenge is going to be on defense. The point guard position needs to be solidified as well with the unexpected departure of veteran point guard Jalen Love.
Because of their youth, look for early game-to-game improvement. The first half of the season is going to be about players assuming their roles and getting comfortable with the speed and the physical play of D-1 basketball. Then, into the under-rated Summit League regular season with big, physical teams.
The Pioneers start with three consecutive days of games at the Cable Car Classic in Santa Clara, California beginning November 13th. No easy task for a Freshman laden team.
What are your expectations for the 2015-2016 Pioneers? In your opinion, how many wins do they need to make this a "successful year"?
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