Holiday wish list for Army hoopsters

As we head into the holidays, the Army men's basketball team has shown some promise for an improved Patriot League campaign in 2005. While they are still way too inconsistent, there have been solid stretches against tough competition, such as St. Francis (N.Y.) and Notre Dame. They have 3 additional tune-ups prior to the start of Patriot League action, and we should get a good gauge of where the Black Knights will stand by opening day.

They face Fairleigh Dickinson on Thursday, December 30 in Teaneck, and then entertain two Ivy League foes (Cornell and Columbia) on January 2 and 4, respectively.

As we head into the holiday season, I'd like to suggest some potential holiday wish lists of some of our basket ballers.

Jimmy Sewell - continued development of his inside game to exploit his height while complementing his nice shooting touch.

Matt Bell - someone to be a consistent, effective second scoring option to draw some defensive attention away from him.

Travis Owsley - Continue the trend of his improved offensive outputs in the last couple of games to complement his defensive tenacity.

Cory Sinning - Continue to show improvement in his outside shooting to match his toughness.

Colin Harris - Average near double digits in scoring while continuing to improve his defense down low-- he will be our leading inside presence this year.

Marshall Jackson - continue developing his offensive game to complement his athletic ability, speed and tough defense.

Ray Fredrick - hopefully see some more opportunities for playing time for our only senior and co-captain.

Luke Slater, Lance Dietz, Grant Carter, Jarell Brown -More experience for continued development of our Class of 2008 plebes.

Coach Crews - more consistency from the team, more wins against Division 1 opponents, and, of course, some additional athletic recruits for the Class of 2009.

Entire Army team - more support and turnout, particularly at Christl Arena, from our fans.

Army hoops fans - Exciting Black Knight basketball and improvement over the 3-12 (counting post-season tournament) Patriot League mark last year. And, of course, nothing would be a sweeter gift than a two game sweep over Navy.

A safe, happy and healthy holidays to you all....


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