Ramon Dyer is the most experienced player for the 2005/2006 Cougars, having lettered three season entering his senior campaign. It seems like only yesteRD -ay when he signed out of Jackson High School in Wilson, La. After he was named honorable mention class 2A ALL-STATE.
JM - Ramon you are about to enter you senior season at UofH. You have progressed each season with a real breakout season last year. Tell us about your thoughts and what you would like to accomplish in your last season at UofH.
RD - First, I want my team to win and make it to the tournament. Individually, I want to be a first team all-conference player. I am going to shock a lot of people with how much I have improved form last season.
JM - Ramon I was at the first practice last season and watched you come down awkwardly and injure your knee. You left the court with trainers. What went through your mind considering the history with your knees?
RD - Not again! Because I have been having knee problems for years.
JM - Ramon at 6'7 180 you are certainly not the biggest power forward in college basketball; however, you still led the Cougars with 5.8 rebounds per game and in block shots with 50. Tell us how you are so effective inside at your size.
RD - I think it is my quickness and athletic ability. Just because I am small doesn't mean I ma weak.
JM - Ramon you were third on the team averaging just under10 points a game. You were also the third highest in three point percentage. What do you feel you need to improve as a player to reach you full potential?
RD - My ball handling and free throw shooting, which I have been working on real hard, so the fans will see a more versatile player.
JM - Ramon you were the only Louisiana player on the roster last season. Tome Penders and staff must have been impressed since they have added Lamar Roberson, Corey Bloom and Oliver Lafayette to the squad this season to from an impressive quartet of Cajun Cougars. What can you tell us about the incoming Louisiana players and the high school basketball in La.?
RD - The players we have are so talented. Coaches are finally realizing what great players come out of Louisiana. And these players are going to help us achieve our goals.
JM - Ramon tell us your thoughts on how the team performed last season in year one under Tom Penders and your thoughts of the team for this upcoming season.
RD - We had a great year, but we know we should have won at least four more games and made it to the tournament. We are better than last year and have more players who can play the style we play.
JM - Ramon, tell us your routine and what you are doing to prepare for the upcoming season.
RD - Staying in the gym to work on my jump shooting and ball handling and lifting weights to get stronger.
JM – Ramon I have met your brother Gary, Please tell CoogFans about your family. Have they had an opportunity to come see you play at the University of Houston?
RD - They come to every game in La. And also make a couple trips to Houston to see us play. My family supports me more than anybody and my brother Gary was the only one who knew I could play at this level and succeed.
JM – Ramon do you have any final thoughts for CoogFans as you and the Cougars begin year two under Tom Penders and the push for making the NCAA Tournament?
RD - CoogFans, come see some exciting basketball and I am going to have a big year. The Cougars will make it to the tournament.
Thank You Ramon and BEST WISHES to you in 2005/2006.