Mick Cronin knew that 2007 would be a year of rebuilding, but with the help of transfer Mike Williams who sat out the previous season under NCAA transfer rules, the Bearcats head coach knew his team would be better.
Coming from the University of Texas, Mike Williams got Bearcat fans excited about the prospects of the upcoming season. A former McDonald's All-American, Williams would be a key factor in the continuing rebuilding of the Bearcats basketball program on and off the court. With many young players coming into the fold, the Camden, Alabama native would be looked to provide leadership as well as numbers in the stat sheet for the young Bearcats.
That promise came to a swift end as Williams prepared for the 2007-2008 season. Bearcat fans would learn Williams ruptured his Achilles tendon and would be lost for the season.
First –year head women's basketball coach J. Kelley Hall knew when he took the job he'd have a couple of special players to work with. One of them would be junior guard/forward Shelly Bellman who had started 49 games in her two year career and earned Big East All-Freshman honors in 2005-06.
But just a few weeks after Mike Williams's injury the Bearcats learned Bellman would be lost for the 2007-08 seasons with a leg injury.
While Hall would have loved to use the junior for this season, he knows having Bellman back for the next two after solid recruiting classes will help his program down the road.
The key loss of two athletes just prior to the start of the season was key news on Bearcat Insider in 2007.
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