A: First, to be competitive in the Ivy League on a nightly basis. We have two returning seniors, and some underclassmen who are working very hard, so we hope to be in the upper echelon.
2. What are your team’s expectations for this season?
A: There is no numerical measure for our expectations.
3. What facet of the game is most important to your team’s success this season?
A: The two keys will be rebounding and defense.
4. Who do you think will be your team’s most improved player this season?
A: There are a host of guys: Brian McMillan should be vastly improved, and Johnathan Ball, Leon Pattman, and Michael Giovacchini have all been steady.
5. Which non-conference opponent do you think will be your biggest challenge this year?
A: After going 6-21 last year, they are all challenging.
6. Which of your 4 incoming freshmen (Elgin Fitzgerald, Kurt Graeber, Robbie Pride, and Brandon Ware) do you expect to make the biggest impact this season?
A: It’s too early to tell.
7. In light of the success of Ivy players from other countries, do you think it is crucial to specifically recruit foreign-born players, or do you just want to get the guys who can best help your team win?
A: Foreign guys are difficult for us to get, but we do a good job recruiting in our respective areas.
8. Do you consider this season to be the usual two-team race between Penn and Princeton, or do you think another team can win the conference title this season?
A: I think the league from top to bottom will be as competitive as it has been the last 2-3 years. It might sound crazy, but I truly believe that any team can win the Ivy title.
9. How do you think the losses of Mike Lang (All-Ivy 2nd-team) and Calvin Arnold will affect your team?
A: They were both senior captains who did a good job and brought a lot to the table. Arnold’s shot-blocking will be missed a lot, and Lang was one of the best 3-point shooters in the league.
10. What did your team get out of the preseason trip to Costa Rica?
A: It was an opportunity for a young team to have some practice in advance, spend time with each other away from campus, tweak our offense/defense, and get some foreign competition.
11. What was your reaction to the shooting of the Duquesne basketball players, and how do you try to keep your own players safe when off the court?
A: We are all vulnerable to any situation at any time: nobody is exempt. I talk to my players about what they do in their spare time, where they go, who they go with, etc., and tell them to use their best judgment. Coaches are like parents for these kids when they are away from home, and we worry about them when they are out of our sight, because they are our responsibility.
12. Who do you consider to be the favorite for Ivy Player of the Year?
A: Ibby Jaaber of Penn