Coming off a 22-win season, expectations are high once again for the Western Kentucky basketball program. And why shouldn't they be? Led by senior Courtney lee, the Hilltoppers backcourt might be the best in the Sun Belt. Things are even more secure on the bench, where head coach Darrin Horn has averaged over 20 wins per season in his four-year stint at WKU. Coach Horn answers some quick questions for Collegehoops.net:
Based on what you saw last year, what's the biggest improvement the team needs
to get to the next level?
Darrin Horn) We need to improve our
overall defensive performance and production, and our inside guys will have to
CHN) Are you settled with your starting lineup? Expect any particular battles for the open spots?
DH) I feel good knowing what we will get
from eight guys, so I'm looking for a few more to step up and help us fill out a
CHN) It might be hard to pick out one, but who is the most talented player you've ever coached?
DH) Dwyane Wade (Ed: Horn was an
assistant at Marquette from 1999 to 2003)
CHN) Talk about one or two guys that stand out as being underrated contributors to your team's success?
DH) Jeremy Evans and A.J. Slaughter do a lot of the little things on the floor and are excellent defenders that help us be successful.
CHN) What do you think will be the hardest game on this year's schedule?
DH) The next one. Our
non-conference schedule is tough, and the Sun Belt will present a challenge this
year because so many teams have starters coming back.
CHN) Realistically, what should WKU fans and media expect from your team this year?
DH) A team that steadily improves and will be fun to watch.