IUPUI's Ron Hunter: Head Coach Q&A

October 13th, 2008
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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.


Ron Hunter: IUPUI

We continue this month long Q&A Series with 16th year coach Ron Hunter, the man who transformed IUPUI from fan NAIA program to one of the best in the Summit League. Coach Hunter was kind enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to answer questions for CollegeHoops.net:



CollegeHoops.net) What will be the best strength of this year's team?


Ron Hunter) I think we’re deeper and more athletic top to bottom, than in the past. We had a really good recruiting class come in. Robert Glenn and Alex Young have the chance to be special players in our program. Plus, we had a pretty good nucleus coming back. Not many players shoot it better than Gary Patterson and Jon Avery and Billy Pettiford had really good sophomore years last year.  



CollegeHoops.net) Any major weaknesses that worries you?


RH) It’s going to take some time for us to come together. We’re not trying to replace George Hill with just one player. Someone’s going to have to step up and help replace his scoring. Someone else might have to step up and replace his rebounding. It’s going to take a team effort.  



CHN) Who is the biggest leader on this year's squad?


RH) It’s got to be (senior guard) Gary Patterson. He’s our only senior and he’s got that ‘been there, done that’ attitude. He’s a tough young man. He doesn’t say a whole lot, but when he does talk, the guys listen.  



CHN) What's the best change you've made in your coaching style in recent seasons?


RH) I think I’m more laid back. With some of the work we’ve done with Samaritan’s Feet the past year, it’s really put things in perspective. At least, I’m trying to be more laid back



CHN) If everything goes according to plan, what's the best case scenario this season?



At the end, we’ve had another 20 win season and are in the NCAA Tournament. That’s our goal. 




CHN) Tie score, with just a few seconds left … who will be your go-to guy in those situations?


RH)  Obviously, in the past, we’ve looked to George Hill. Now, I have a lot of confidence in a lot of our guys. Gary Patterson isn’t afraid to step up and take the big shot. He’s a gamer.



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