Men's team final roster announced
October 26, 2006
OLYMPIA , Wash. - Head coach Tom Kenna announced the final team roster, available on the men's basketball website, and outlined who the key players will be this season.
While the start of last season was filled with vast amounts of uncertainty and questions, the Geoducks and coach Tom Kenna enter this season with renewed enthusiasm and high expectations.
Coach Kenna is looking to build upon last year's strong defensive effort. In defense, Evergreen finished first in the nation in the '05-'06 season. Holding opponents to 58 points per game. Add into the mix a top-notch recruiting class and it's looking good that the Geoducks will return to the Cascade Conference play-offs. Notes Kenna, "Last year we set the defensive tone for our basketball program. With the addition of several key recruits we believe we can be a team that can make a run to a playoff spot."
This season, the Geoducks will look to a trio of newcomers David Howard, Adam Moore, and Anthony Andresick. Howard, a transfer from Pierce College is a high-flying guard who knows how to get down on defense. Moore is a transfer from NCAA Division II's Seattle University and brings big game experience. Andresick, a point guard transfer from Green River College , is an outstanding floor general. According to Kenna, "These three student-athletes will make an immediate contribution to our program. They are athletic, can defend the ball, and know how to play in big games".
Leading the frontcourt for Evergreen is 6'6" Lebaron Smith, who enters his first season for the Geoducks. A junior college transfer for Yakima Community College Lebaron brings much needed size and athleticism to the frontcourt. Coach Kenna notes, "Lebaron is great student and athlete. With that combination I believe he will have an immediate impact on our team." In addition to Lebaron, Jesse Norris, a 6'6" freshman from Mountainview HS and Rahiti Marere, a 6'6" freshman from Kamiak, will be counted on to make solid contributions as well.
The season kicks off with an exhibition game against cross-town rival St. Martins on November 7th . The non-conference schedule will be highly competitive for the Geoducks. It is highlighted by two NCAA Division I games. On November 20th Evergreen will be on the road at Portland State University. The following night Evergreen travels to Eastern Washington University. Coach Kenna believes the schedule will prepare the team well. "This seasons schedule will be a challenge as we look to build our basketball program. With two games against NCAA Division I teams and several road games I believe that we will be prepared for the toughest conference in the nation, The Cascade Conference."
The Geoducks first conference game is December 1st at Cascade College followed by a game on December 2nd at Warner Pacific College.