The Region XIV Junior College Basketball Media Day for Men and Women JUCO basketball teams was held Oct. 15 at Tyler Junior College. Men and Women’s coaches from various teams in the conference were able to meet together and talk about the state of their teams coming into the upcoming 2014 – 15 basketball season.
Both of the KC Men and Women basketball teams will open up their season this weekend. Women’s Head Coach Roy Thomas talked at media day about how his team is looking and what he expects of them coming into this new season.
“Our new motto this season is 1-2-3 pass the ball. The ball has got to move and we all have to play together, Thomas said.
“We have to keep working hard and play together everyday. I feel like we have great effort and our experience that we have and the leadership that we possess will take us a long way.” Thomas really wants his team to execute on offense, play great team defense, and rebound. The team chemistry of his team has improved and he wants it to get better, and he wants his team to realize that this is no longer high school ball. The Lady Rangers have four returners from last year’s team, including one red shirt freshman and two transfer players.
“Some of these girls on the team have never been told that they were doing a bad job. They have to realize that this is a different atmosphere and they have to learn to play organized junior college basketball as well as keep their grades in check,” Thomas said.
“They all have to play as a team not divided, and they have been enjoying working together and they are really practicing hard early one.”
The Lady Rangers will open up their season at the annual McLennan Community College Classic this weekend in Waco.
As for the men’s basketball team they are looking to have the same success that they had last year, but they want to go further down the road.
The Rangers have four returning players and three transfer players. Head Coach Brian Hoberecht is ready to for the season and likes his team’s progress so far.
“I’m excited to build an identity for this program and watch this grow,” said Hoberecht.”
“I like this group as players, and even better as people, and we are working hard in practice on communication and quick tempo. I feel like we are very versatile, athletic and deep, and we have the ability to create pressure and play aggressively.”
Hoberecht wants his team to have a post presence and have the ability to rebound and play balanced perimeter defense and offense. He wants everybody on the team to hold themselves accountable for their own mistakes and take action to correct it on the next play. He also feels like his returners can play a big role in the team’s production this year.
“Jonathan (Milligan), Mike (Thomas), and Myron (Chapman) have really grown up physically and mentally and they will be able to play with a stable and consistent personality.”
“We play games to win and we expect to win. We also want to develop a mentally to not slow down when we play trap games and we have an awesome opportunity to find our niche this season with our schedule being the way it is,” said Hoberecht.
The Rangers basketball team will open up their season at home against Greater Houston Prep. The Rangers have in store at 3 p.m., Saturday. Nov. 1 at Master’s Gymnasium.