14 wins might not seem like much. But last year's total of 14 was the most Youngstown State has won in six years. Even though they lose star guard Quin Humphrey, expectations are still growing in Youngstown thanks to 3rd year head coach Jerry Slocum, a man who has won over 600 college basketball games. Coach Slocum answered questions as part of our preseason Q&A series:
CHN) Based on what you saw last year, what's the biggest improvement your team needs to get to the next level?
“I think balanced play on the offensive end is important. I think we need to get better defensively in terms of rebounding the basketball. There’s no doubt offensively that this group is going to have to share the ball and be a little bit more shot selective in terms of our future with this group.”
CHN) Are you settled with your starting lineup? Expect any particular battles for the open spots?
“We have not set it going into practice. A lot of spots will be open and we are expecting some pretty good battles this fall before our season opener.”
CHN) It might be hard to pick out one, but who is the most talented player you've ever coached?
“Quin Humphrey, who I coached the past two seasons.”
CHN) Talk about one or two guys that stand out as being underrated contributors to your team's success?
“Byron Davis has the potential to have a really good year. Jack Liles and John Barber are guys who are pretty good players who I don’t think get the recognition they deserve.”
CHN) What do you think will be the hardest game on this year's schedule?
“We open at UCLA, play at Notre Dame, and play in the Horizon League so we have plenty of tough games on our schedule ahead.”
CHN) Realistically, what should YSU fans and media expect from your team this year?
“A team that works hard, shows up every night and gives you 100 percent. It will be somebody you can be proud of because of our work ethic and our commitment to doing good things for Youngstown State.”