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Don't discount CS Fullerton in Big West race

Posted on: July 18, 2011 11:46 am
Edited on: July 18, 2011 2:59 pm
By Jeff Goodman

Bob Burton has been coaching for what seems like an eternity.

The Cal State Fullerton coach spent more than two decades in the junior college ranks, winning nearly 500 games at West Valley Community College.

He has been with the Titans for nearly a decade – and Burton admitted last season was the most difficult of his career.

He’d never lost 20 games in a season before.

``The only thing that got me through it was that the kids were great,” Burton said. ``They were fun to coach. I felt so bad, but we didn’t deserve to win. We didn’t guard.”

Those who aren’t overly familiar with the Big West have already penciled in Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara in the top two spots. Long Beach rolled to the regular-season title while the Gauchos, led by Orlando Johnson, won the league tourney.

Both programs return nearly everyone.

Burton lost his top two scorers, so what gives?

The Titans will add three guys who were sitting out last season that will all likely crack the starting lineup: Ex-Cal Bears D.J. Seeley and Omandi Amoke and former San Francisco star Kwame Vaughn.

``I’m as excited about this time as I’ve been since I got here,” Burton said.

Burton said that Amoke, who will likely only spend one season with the Titans, dominated practice last season despite nearly being limited to the use of one arm because of a shoulder injury.

``Omandi has a chance to be one of the best players in the league,” Burton said. ``I think he’ll be special.”

Seeley and Vaughn were also dominant in practice. Seeley came in with the rep of being lazy, but Burton said that hasn’t been the case since he arrived – and Vaughn is tough, plays hard and is able to give the Titans minutes at either backcourt spot.

Burton has a pair of his starting forwards back in Orane Chin (12.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg) and Andre Hardy (10.6 ppg, 8.5 rpg) and starting guard Perry Webster (7.8 ppg) and reserve guard Isiah Umipig also return.

And Burton has added 6-foot-9, 255-pound junior college big man Bernard Webb – and also Missouri transfer John Underwood, who is hoping to receive a waiver from the NCAA that would allow him to play this season.

``I like our talent,” Burton said. ``I think we’ve got good players here and if we don’t have a successful year, we did a #$%^&* job coaching them.”
Category: NCAAB

Since: Jul 12, 2011
Posted on: July 19, 2011 5:26 pm

Don't discount CS Fullerton in Big West race

Wait, CS Fullerton has basketball?!?!

Since: Jul 18, 2011
Posted on: July 18, 2011 1:22 pm

Don't discount CS Fullerton in Big West race

You're right, they should only talk about the same handful of teams that everyone else talks about.  That'd be brilliant.  In fact, I'll recommend that the only teams anyone anywhere should ever discuss are those who've won a national championship in the last 10 years, because otherwise they really haven't done anything of late, have they?

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: July 18, 2011 12:55 pm

Don't discount CS Fullerton in Big West race

Man; this really must be a slow sports day to even mention Cal St.-Fullerton basketball. The last time the Titans did anything of note was back in the late 70's when they came within one win of making it to the Final 4 after a succession of upsets in the tourney.

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