In Part 2 of our updates from the Barn, SOR spoke with Kean University Head Coach Sean Drennan - this summer coaching Suydam Insurance, and an entire RU starting five – to get his take on Corey Chandler, Mike Coburn, Earl Pettis, Jaron Griffin, and Byron Joynes
Q- Coach, how about your starting five? Can you tell me your opinion on the five players
on your team that are going to RU? How
about Corey Chandler? Let's start with
him. What do you see, what do you think
is in store for
A – Well, first of all, he's very athletic, he plays well above his size, he just had a block that looked like it was two feet over the rim. He's very athletic, he's quick … he's trying to play between the 1 and the 2, he says he's gotta learn the 1, he's doing a very good job. All five of the kids have played hard the entire summer. I don't know what their plans are with them, but they're given great efforts, they're playing well. I said to them tonight, this is the best they've played together as a unit, the five of them.
Q- They seem to have a lot of chemistry between them.
A – Yeah, we don't really practice, we have a couple of plays for games, but they're really just learning tendencies about each other, and it's starting to click a little bit, which is nice for them, it puts them ahead of the game for next year.
Q – How about Mike Coburn and Earl Pettis - what can you say about those guys?
A – Earl's gotten better every single game. The first couple of games it looked like he was a little shy, a little unsure maybe, but slowly and surely he's come on. He's hit some shots … he's always been a good defender.
Mike is … I've said to people "Wait till you see this kid Mike Coburn that they have coming in". I think he can be a special player … he sees the floor so well, he stops at the drop of a dime and hits a jump shot. Again, he's small, but he somehow gets the shot up against bigger people, which will obviously help them in the Big East. I think he's going to be a very special player. He and Corey I think are going to be very special players for them.
Q – People talk a lot about intangibles with Mike Coburn, what he brings to a team in other ways as far as leadership and just a lot of different things. Have you been able to see that?
A – Yeah, I mean, the last game was an overtime game, he hit a big shot … he's a leader by example, and he knows how to run a team, and that's definitely an intangible. His basketball IQ is very high for a young kid.
Q – How about Jaron and Byron … now Jaron, he seems to have made a lot of strides in his game … there doesn't seem to be a lot of wasted movement in what he does, he's very efficient.
A – Yeah, he doesn't do a lot of east-west, he goes north-south to the rim … and he's hitting his jump shot, and I said to him, once he starts hitting that jump shot, which he has been consistently, people are going to have to come out and play him – and he's going right by people now.
And Byron … he suffered an injury last year and he's working through that, but there's no one his size in this league that he can't dominate. He had to have 15-20 rebounds, I would guess … he's moving quickly for his size.
I mean, the five of them … I wish I could coach them. They're very coachable, and they're nice kids.
A special thanks to Coach Kelly Williams for Part 1 earlier, and now to Coach Sean Drennan, for these interviews.