Men's Basketball Preseason Notes
Offense Returns ... The Bucs return four of their top five scorers from a team that averaged 69.1 points per game last winter ... ETSUs top scorer Leo Murray (11.0 ppg) graduated but the next four: D.J. McDuffie (10.8), Dimeco Childress (10.0), Adrian Meeks (8.9) and Cliff Decoster (6.8) all return.
Experienced Backcourt ... ETSU returns all three starters from last winters backcourt ... point guard Cliff Decoster (29 games), shooting guard Dimeco Childress (28 games) and versatile D.J. McDuffie (29 games) were stalwarts last season ... the trio also logged loads of playing time: McDuffie (29.2 minutes/game); Childress (25.7 min/game) and Decoster (22.9 min./game).
Dominating the Glass ... The Bucs outrebounded their opponents by 4.0 boards per game last winter ... ETSU led the Southern Conference in rebound margin ... The Bucs 36.9 rebounds/game ranked second in the Southern Conference ... Leo Murray ranked fourth (8.1) while Adrian Meeks (6.9) ranked 11th in the SoCon.
Number Changes ... A couple of ETSU players will don new numbers this season ... senior Renaldo Johnson changes from 44 to 52 while classmate Jon Perry switches from 32 to 11.
Success in High Numbers ... Last winter, East Tennessee State was 6-3 when scoring 70-or-more points; 5-0 when scoring 80-or-more points ... the Bucs were 9-0 when scoring 80-or-more points and 6-2 when scoirng 70-or-more points in 1998-99.
The Head Coach ... Fifth-year head coach Ed DeChellis has compiled a 49-62 (.441) record at ETSU ... He is the sixth winningest coach in Buccaneer basketball history and trails fifth-place Jim Halihan by eight victories ... Madison Brooks won 370 games from 1948-73 ... DeChellis came to Johnson City after 10 years as an assistant at Penn State University.
On the Bench ... Joining head coach Ed DeChellis and second-year assistant Hilliary Scott are two new assistant coaches for the 2000-01 season ... Tom Conrad comes to ETSU after serving the past four years as head coach at Charleston Southern ... Conrad led the Buccaneers to their first-ever NCAA Tournament bid in 1997 ... Scott Wagers also joins the staff, after serving as a high school head coach for the past nine years ... Wagers compiled a 120-24 record at Robinson High School in Tampa, Florida in his five-year tenure.
The Bucs Radio Network ... WJCW-AM is the flagship station of the Buccaneer Radio Network. The network will broadcast every mens basketball game and the coaches show. Chip Kessler will serve as the Voice of the Bucs.
Women's Basketball Preseason Notes
Home Court Advantage ... In the regime of ETSU head coach Karen Kemp, the Lady Bucs have a 44-21 home record including a 10-0 home season in 1994-95 and a 10-1 home record last season .. The only loss coming to SoCon regular-season champion Chattanooga ... In each of the last five seasons, the Lady Bucs home record has improved:
Home Sweet Dome ... The Lady Bucs moved their home territory this season from Brooks Gym to the Memorial Center ... The Lady Bucs however will play one game in Brooks Gym this season, Jan. 24 against Furman.
SoCon Consistency ... The Lady Bucs finished 12-6 last season in the Southern Conference ... The 12 wins tied a school record for conference wins set in 1998-99 when the Lady Bucs finished 12-5.
Number Change ... Sophomore guard Samantha Copeland makes the switch from number 34 to 32 for the 2000-01 season.
Success in High Numbers ... Last winter, the Lady Bucs were 13-2 when scoring 70-or-more points; 9-0 when scoring 80-or-more points ... The Lady Bucs were 7-1 when scoring 80-or-more points and 14-3 when scoirng 70-or-more points in 1998-99.
The Head Coach ... Seventh-year head coach Karen Kemp has compiled a 83-82 (.503) record at ETSU ... She is the second winningest coach in Lady Buc basketball history and trails first-place Susan Yow by 35 victories ... Kemp passed former coach Debbie Richardson for second place on the all-time list with a 90-63 win over Western Carolina on February 22, 2000.
Lady Bucs in the Classroom ...Three Lady Bucs, Angie Fickes, Chris Forman and Rachel Glass made the Southern Conference academic honor roll last season ... More impessively, the three guards were all repeat selections ... It was Formans third such honor and Glass and Fickes second ... This year, Forman will attempt to become the first Lady Buc to make the SoCon honor roll all four years.