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Basketball changes spark excitement for upcoming season

Basketball season is around the corner and I am actually excited about something other than the Heat, for a change.

Both basketball teams at Western have new faces in different places and I cannot help but to be excited about Griffons basketball this year.

The beloved Tom Smith will not be on the sidelines anymore, with new head coach Brett Weiberg now calling the shots for the men’s team.

Weiberg recruiting has added some depth to a team that lost some key pieces for their respective reasons.

The guard position is stacked with talent. Adarius Fulton and Calvin Balque are the returning guards, but I am also excited to see how what kind of impact the new guards will make.

With Cedric Clinkscales returning to lock down the point, Western’s frontcourt looks strong and experience down low.

Charlie Marquardt, the freshman from Blue Valley high school, could be a legitimate back up for Clinkscales when he needs a breath.

Marquardt is 6’8 and I feel that playing under Clinkscales could benefit him as he moves further in his career.

There is enough size and athleticism on this team to make a run. Weiberg seems to have a winning attitude and I think he will keep the men on a winning path.

The women’s team had a busy offseason filling their roster with talent as well. Coach Edmisson has done a great job surrounding an already solid team, with more dynamic players at different positions.

Like the men, the women are also deep at the guard position and will be returning key players at the point, including JaQuitta Dever.

Sharpshooter Sharniece Lewis looks to continue her assault from the three-point line and she we also have help from another returner from last year, Cassey Sobaski.

The most encouraging part about the upcoming season is the fact Edmisson was able fill in the missing spot for Heather Horward.

Edmisson did a great job filling her spot and he did it with a variety of players. They have six players at 6 foot or above.

We all know that size in the MIAA conference is a huge advantage and could be the determining factor in games down the line.

Overall, I’m anxious to see what this season will bring. Both teams seem to be headed in the right direction and winning seems to be their priority.

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