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No team more inexperienced than Pacific

Posted on: July 1, 2011 3:23 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2011 4:44 pm
By Jeff Goodman

Thirty-nine points. Total. That’s the number that Pacific coach Bob Thomason returns from last year’s team.

``We still have name tags on,” Thomason joked about the influx of new faces that have arrived.

Khalik Kelley is the lone scholarship player back who got into the scoring column a year ago. He had 34 points in the entire season. Walk-on Jordan Turner added five points.

``Nobody returns less,” Thomason said. ``No one can beat that.”

I imagine he’s correct.

``If we do well, it’ll show that experience is overrated,’’ Thomason said.

But Thomason realizes his team will take some lumps.

Four of his top six scorers graduated, four others transferred and three redshirted a year ago. Another was Creighton transfer Andrew Bock, who had to sit out.

``I like my guys,” Thomason said.

He’d just better work on their names.

There are, by my count, nine new faces – all from the junior college ranks.

``I know our depth will be better,” Thomason said. ``And I think we’ll be better at the 1, 2 and 3 spots.”

If there is a positive for Thomason, it’s that a year from now the top two teams in the league -- Long Beach and UC Santa Barbara -- will both lose the majority of their top players. That's consolation for Thomason since he doesn’t have a single senior.
Category: NCAAB
Tags: Pacific

Since: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: July 5, 2011 9:20 am

No team more inexperienced than Pacific

I was thinking the same thing bigle....

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: July 5, 2011 6:29 am

No team more inexperienced than Pacific

No college basketball program should have this happen.  Poor little Pacific. Due to size and general lack of knowledge around the nation, Pacific should be horrible this year.  This is a big problem I have with college basketball.  So many small programs have trouble putting together a team to play.  They have to go to JC to fill their rosters while schools like UCLA, Kentucky get the cream of the crop year after year since those guys all leave for the pros afte a year.  I would like to see either the kids have to stay in school for 2 years or they go to the pros from high school.  Either way would help the smaller guys.

Since: Jul 26, 2007
Posted on: July 4, 2011 1:14 pm

No team more inexperienced than Pacific

The article may have been more informative if it had told us why the four players transferred.

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