A Conversation With Skip Prosser

I had a chance to sit down with Coach Prosser and discuss the status of Wake basketball. While last season is over and done with, the Wake Forest coaching staff has taken some lessons from the uncharacteristically poor Wake season.

Last years team lacked the quickness on the perimeter to guard effectively and keep pressure on the offense according to Skip Prosser. Along with quickness issues, the free throw shooting was just too poor to overcome some of the other obstacles this team faced.

Coach Prosser feels that all the positions are wide open but that the returning players have worked very hard on their conditioning programs this spring. The new players will report to Wake on July 5th for summer school and will have an opportunity to work on their games before the coaching staff gets their hands on them on the first day of scheduled classes.

When asked if they would try to have an up-tempo offense and more pressure defense next season Prosser responded that they "would not try but WOULD do exactly that." With improved athleticism throughout the squad, he feels they will be able to force the action more both offensively and defensively.

He also said that teams in the ACC need scorers and we are no exception. The good news is he feels he has those kind of players coming into the fold next season along with the returning players. Kyle Visser has to take on more of the leadership mantle next season and he has shown the drive to do that this off-season.

As has been mentioned before, David Weaver has gained strength during his red-shirt year and is now over 235 pounds. His continued development is very important to the overall success of this coming season, as is the improvement in all of last years' true freshmen.

Prosser said last season was tough on he and his staff as well because "nobody likes losing" and coaches and players are determined to prevent a repeat of that kind of year. When asked whether recruiting was finished for 2006, Coach Prosser said " we have a scholarship available, so we will see".

Tim Fuller has left as head of basketball operations to take an assistant coach position at Fairfield and all of us in the Wake family wish him good luck and all our best wishes. Coach Prosser spoke in a determined and confident manner about our chances next season and his final comment summed up what Deacon fans have ahead of them "we will entertain and please the Wake fans with our play next season."

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