Recapping 2013-14 Men's Hoops

Recapping 2013-14 Men's Hoops

Reviewing the 2013-14 Red Wolves men's basketball season and looking ahead to next season

Record: 19-13, finished 4th in the Sun Belt Conference; lost in semifinals of the conference tournament to regular season champion Georgia State.

What went right

"We were able to consistently score the basketball better than any team I've had here," said coach John Brady. "We shot more threes and made more threes. We might have been tops in the league, if not a close second. For us to shoot as many as we did and hit 38 percent is pretty good. We were in the top six or eight in the country. Melvin (Johnson) and Kirk (Van Slyke) really shot a high percentage and Ed (Townsel) came on strong the last 14 games or so after a slow start.

What did not go as well

Our ability to defend was not what I've had from previous teams. If we held someone to 67 points or below we were 16-0. All my other teams allowed around 64 or 65 points. This year we averaged 76 points and allowed 72. If we had been able to defend better those 4 or 5 games we left out there would have won. That is it in a nutshell.

One problem was we were not able to defend around the basket as well. We missed Brandon Peterson some. He could do that. Kirk and Kendrick

Obviously for us the next step is to win the conference tournament and go to the NCAA. That is what our goal is every year. We are not satisfied. We are not where we want to be."

Academics

"This is the first straight year we will graduate all of our seniors who are still in the program. Our APR is in very good shape.

Looking ahead

We have signed the best and deepest class since I have been here. I really like this group. And we have some good players, a good nucleus returning. Sean Gardner is really a good player. P.J. Hardwick is the best point guard I've had here since Allison. He does not shoot it is as well but he is a lot quicker. Kelvin Downs is going to be better.

"The kid we got out of Wyoming, Frederic Dure is a really nice player. There were some Pac-12 schools inquiring about him. Ronnie White of our Paris is going to be really good. He is a shot blocker and defends the basket.

"Connor Kern out of Ohio had a big year, playing in a very good league. He is a tough kid, who is left-handed and a big shooter.

"I really like the kids we have coming in. Now we have to get them in here and let them mesh together."

Recruiting

AState also has a commitment from San Jacinto, Anthony Livingston. He averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds in the Texas league.

It appears Isiah "Hoopy" Jones is not going to be eligible so the Red Wolves will likely add at least one more signee.

Roster
Returnees

G Rakeem Dickerson,6-0 Sr.; F Kelvin Downs, 6-8, Jr., G Sean Gardner, 6-4, RJr., G Cameron Golden, 6-0 Jr., G P.J. Hardwick, 6-0, Soph., G Josh Pierre, 6-0 Jr.; F Seth Kisler, 6-8 RSr.; G, Jammar Sturdivant, 6-00 RFr.

Signees

F Frederic Dure, 6-5, Jr., C Ronnie White, 6-9, Sr.; G Connor Kern, 6-4, Fr., F Adam Ward, 6-6, Jr., F Charles Waters, 6-6, Jr.; F Anthony Livingston, 6-8, So. (committed).

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