The first thing most fans want to know is if he confirmed that Brock and Cooks were off the team. In typical Ronnie Arrow fashion, the coach said that he could not comment on that. Presumably his reasons are because the school is waiting until this semester's grades come out. If both are in good standing, the will be offered their unconditional releases. If not and they would damage USA's APR score, then they may not be given their release and then would not be able to get a scholarship at a different school for a year.
The coach did say that they were developing a nice home schedule that should please the fans. They are looking for a tournament to participate in as well. The word is that they are very close to finalizing an agreement to play in Hawaii. With the football team looking to add a game there in 2012, the Jags may become the Team of Paradise very soon.
As for the newly signed junior college players, he had this to say:
Trey Anderson - Long and quick and would rather get an assist than score. If you're open he gets you the ball. If you can run he gets you the ball. He should average 6 to 10 assists per game.
Xavier Roberson - Probably the best shooter we signed and was very impressive in a tough junior college league.
Freddie Jones-Goldstein (or FJG, as we call him on JagsJungle.com) - Also an excellent shooter who can play the one or the two and was a Honorable Mention NJCAA All-American.
Dallas Jones - A versatile big guard who can play 3 positions.
Coach Arrow said that he anticipates a quicker, better shooting backcourt who will share the ball and is very comfortable with the returning frontcourt players. Certainly their progress in the offseason conditioning program is promising. Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year Augustine Rubit is now up to 237lbs after playing last year at about 225lbs. The wiry Javier Carter is up to 218lbs and they think they can get him to 225lbs before next season starts. Deandre Hersey is up to 220lbs and Andre Gowins and Antoine Lundy have dropped to near 240lbs. The Coach commented that everyone is working very hard and apparently they all of the same goal of putting last year behind them.
There may still be some recruiting left to do. The Jags could have one more scholarship left to give and may be eyeing a foreign big man or perhaps a D1 transfer. We will keep our ears open and give Jag fans the heads up if there is a new development.
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