Men's Basketball Preview 2005-06 by aah15699


									Men's Basketball Preview 2005-06


After making a trip to the NAIA II National Tournament a year ago, the 2005-06 Minot State University Men’s
Basketball program is looking to make a return trip. The 2004-05 Beavers won the Dakota Athletic Conference’s
regular and tournament titles and set a school record for wins with 23. With 6 players who all spent time in the
starting line-up a year ago, there is great optimism for the coming season.

One of MSU’s strengths should be its guard play. The backcourt is loaded with talent and depth. Third-team NAIA
All-American Courtney Haley leads the way. Haley averaged 14 pts, 4 rebounds and 4 assists per game a year ago.
The MSU coaching staff hopes to play Haley exclusively at shooting guard this season. However, Haley was the
Beavers’ point guard a year ago and that remains an option. The point guard position will likely be held by returner
Charles Rourk. Rourk came off the bench a year ago but was almost always on the floor when the game was on the
line. Sharpshooters Jordan Ballard and Tagg Williams will battle for playing time as well. Ballard transfers from
South Mountain CC (AZ) where he averaged 14 points, 7 assists while shooting 45 percent from the three point arc.
Ballard led NJCAA II in free throw percentage. Williams played sparingly a year ago but impressed the coaching
staff late in the season. Ballard feels most comfortable at the point guard position as Williams is more comfortable
as an off-guard. Transfer Tiras Prothro could also get in the mix but is not eligible until Christmas. Freshman Stan
Schauer has played in early season workouts and will challenge the upper classmen for minutes.

The wings feature a couple of returning starters in juniors Lance Allerdings and Jordan Cooper. Allerdings started
all 32 games a year ago and averaged 10 points per game. The playmaking Allerdings had reconstructive knee
surgery in the spring but should be ready to go by the season opener. Cooper entered the starting line-up midway
through the season and averaged 10 points per game while hitting 42 percent of his three-point attempts.

Forward Drew Hysjulien was an early season starter and the Beavers’ leading scorer until an injury interrupted his
season. Hysjulien can play both forward positions and shot 43 percent from the three point stripe. Tim Brandt can
also play either forward and played well last season when filling in for injured players. The coaching staff hopes to
red-shirt freshman Andy Leraas, but the North Dakota Mr. Basketball finalist has looked good in early season
workouts and may contribute this season.

Power forward T.J. Collins was instrumental in the success of last year’s team. Collins became eligible at midseason
and averaged 10.5 points and 6 rebounds per game. The Beavers were 15-3 after Collins was added to the roster.
Third-Team All-Conference center Jeremy Feller returns for his senior season. Feller averaged 10 point and 5
rebounds a year ago while shooting 57 percent from the field. Looking to back-up Feller are transfer Maurice Wright
and returners Milan Cvetkovic and Derrick Pautz. Wright averaged 9 points and 7 rebounds per game at Los
Angeles Trade Tech last season. Cvetkovic appeared in 13 games a year ago while Pautz red-shirted.

Aboubacar Conde could provide a boost to the MSU line-up. Conde came to MSU two years ago but has been injury
plagued. Conde appears to be healthy but only time will tell. The 6'6 Conde is a skilled athlete that can play the
center and both forward positions.

Eighth-year Head Coach Mike Hultz summarized the Beavers prospects by saying, “Our goal is not only to get to
the national tournament but to win games at the national tournament. That is easier said than done. The conference is
going to be really balanced and I believe most every team has a chance to be better than a year ago. We like the fact
we return a great deal of experience and talent, but we have a lot of work to do

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