Army basketball is back!

No, a 3-2 record is not the world's greatest but this Army team looks like it has the weapons to possibly finish high in the Patriot League. It's a mixture of veteran and young players that's helping Army show improvement. Players like senior Ella Ellis and plebe Kyle Wilson are getting it done for the Black Knights.

It happens every year around this time. Seemingly out of nowhere, and still out of sight in the power football conferences, college basketball appears back on the schedule. Though the football season gets built up for months and months on ESPN due to the fact that there is nothing of note going on in the world of sports (Little League World Series I am looking at you), the basketball season starts with a whimper.

Sure the coverage recently picked up with coverage of the various early season tournaments in exotic locations such as Hawaii, the Bahamas, and, well, Des Moines, but the early season coverage for Army has been as sneaky as ever.

This is a bit of a shame, as the Black Knights are actually pretty good.

Army currently sits at 3-2 after five games that have flown below most people's radar. The team can score, as of writing they are 62nd in the country with 76 points per game. This may not sound like a lot (especially if you are still in football mode) but this year there are 347 D1 hoops teams so Army is comfortably in the top 20 percent in the nation in points per game.

The star scorer so far in 2012 has been senior forward Ella Ellis. The 6-foot-7, 195 pound Ellis has been consistently scoring in double figures and in the most recent game, a double overtime thriller with Yale, he blew up for 37 points. What is perhaps most promising about the play of Ellis is his go to nature down the stretch. He scored all eight of the Black Knights points in the second overtime period and looked comfortable shouldering the points scoring load. When you add in that he was 14-of-15 from the line you get a player who has the all-around offensive game to be a major threat this year in the Patriot League.

As good as Army has been the double overtime loss was frustrating. The Black Knights had chances to put the Bulldogs away but were unable to do so and thus a chance at an even more impressive 4-1 record was missed. There will be chance for revenge of sorts against the Ivy League; however, as Army will face both Colombia and Dartmouth before conference play begins. Those games in addition to matchups with Penn State and Texas A&M will be interesting to watch and see if the team has what it takes to be a player in the Patriot League in 2012-13.

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