Q & A on EMU's Men's Basketball Season

The Eastern Michigan men's basketball team is off to a 5-1 start. Staff writer Harry Eichholtz answers some questions about the Eagles season so far and going forward.

What are your thoughts on the Eastern Michigan men's basketball team's progress this year?

Harry Eichholtz: "They need to improve on offense still but the defense has been great. They need to spread the ball around more and cut down on sloppy turnovers before MAC conference play begins."

Redshirt junior forward Daylen Harrison is averaging 14.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. How good has Harrison been?

Eichholtz: "He is the one starter on the team who can play both ways. Many of the Eagle players can only play offense or only defense, Harrison can do both. He has already recorded a double double on the season and will have a great season."

Who are some other players that have stuck out early on?

Eichholtz: "Jamell Harris has been coming off the bench and providing shut down defense. He is a senior and has nine blocks on defense and can help their defense when they need him. Center Da'Shonte Riley is the team's defensive anchor and keeps them in games."

What are some positive things the team is doing through the first six games?

Eichholtz: "How quick their defense is to swarm, they have great lateral movement. They always come on help defense when a player starts to drive which is what leads to so many blocks on the year. Head coach Rob Murphy's defense has already grown in just his second season."

What are some weaknesses the team can improve on?

Eichholtz: "The offense needs to be more consistent and more balanced. Senior Derek Thompson has been getting double covered because teams knows he is the major scoring option. The Eagles need to stop turning the ball over and play controlled. Chemistry will come with time and it is early in the season."

What is your prediction for the Eagles going forward?

Eichholtz: "Tough games against Syracuse, Michigan, and Kentucky will be losses, but if the team can learn from the games and take it into the MAC schedule they have a shot to win it. Their size and defense will keep them in games and are one of the biggest teams in the MAC. If the offense develops over the season then the Eagles could compete."

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