Brady ready for championship team

Arkansas State men's basketball team accomplished some great things last season. That success has fueled this team's hunger to accomplish bigger and better things this fall. AStateNation was on hand for the Red Wolves Media Day Thursday. Stay tuned for several stories as the season is getting underway.

Arkansas State men's basketball team accomplished some great things last season.

The Red Wolves won the West Division, they went undefeated at home, and they won six out of their last seven games.

Even with those positives, it's easy to see why veteran Head Coach John Brady and his team are very hungry this season.

Last season ended abruptly after Trey Finn was injured and Arkansas State was denied an opportunity to win the Sun Belt Conference Championship and a much desired bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Brady returns 3 out of five starters from last year's successful season, fueling a lot of enthusiasm and higher expectations this fall and winter season.

Brady, a coach who has been to the NCAA Final Four, addressed the media Thursday in Arkansas State's Annual Media Day event.

Basketball season officially started October 15 and Brady and his coaching staff has high expectations for his team this season.

"I told the team earlier when we first met that I believe that there is a championship team in this room," Brady said. "I sense that. I don't say things to put false statements out there."

Finn returns after a season ending injury derailed the Red Wolves hopes of winning the conference championship last March.

He is just one of the reasons Brady is excited about the upcoming season.

"We have some size and some experience coming back," Brady said. "We have good talent across the board."

Brady is quick to realize that one of the things that can keep this team from being as successful as the ASU Faithful want is themselves.

"I will be disappointed if we aren't a better team than we were last season," Brady said. "The only thing that can hold us back is ourselves. I can control things that happen on the floor, it's the little things off the floor that the players must control so we can have the success that I expect us to have."

The former LSU Head Coach realizes one of the main differences in the SEC and the Sun Belt conference is the amount of great players a team will have and the overall numbers in the program.

"We have a couple of players that can be great," Brady said. "We have seven or eight really good ones. In this league and on this team, if you lose one of the good ones, it's harder to overcome."