Bulldogs Continue to Show Improvement in Preseason Practice
Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel basketball team is midway through its second week of preseason practice and Bulldogs head coach Chuck Driesell is pleased with the team's overall performance.
"Our players have put in great effort to get off to a great start to this 2012-13 season," said Driesell. "Their effort and execution has been very good, because they have come to practice each day with the attitude to get a little better. I have really been pleased with the way they are coming together as a team, they seem to really like each other and it is showing on the court."
With the addition of freshmen outside shooting threats Matt Van Scyoc, Janeil Jenkins and Raemond Robinson to a lineup that already included Lawrence Miller and Ashton Moore, the Bulldogs will certain have the ability to spread the floor more in the upcoming season.
"The biggest improvement I have seen from last year is the way we are shooting the ball," added Driesell. "We have some talented shooters in the freshman class and the returners have improved tremendously."
Driesell's team has also made a concerted effort to improve on defense. "The biggest emphasis we have made in these first 10 days of practice is on defense and rebounding," said Driesell. "These are the two areas we were weakest in last season and we have made a commitment to make this a priority. Our players know that in order to win, you must be strong defensively and on the boards."
TOP 15 REBOUNDER: According to Thad Novak of Bleacherreport.com, Citadel center Mike Groselle is among the country's top 15 rebounders to return from last season. Novak ranked Groselle 14th overall, ahead of Tulane's Josh Davis. Groselle enters the season ranked 15th on the Bulldogs career rebounding list with 511 to his credit.
The Plano, Texas, native has lead the Dogs in rebounding each of the last two seasons, posting 198 rebounds in 2010-11 and following that with a program-record 288 boards in 2011-12.
Further, Groselle ranks 13th in Citadel basketball history with 199 career offensive rebounds and is tied for 14th alongside Gregg Jones (1999-03) with 312 offensive rebounds.
BLEACHER REPORT TOP 15 RETURNING REBOUNDERS
|1.||Andre Roberson, Colorado||9.||Gorgui Dieng, Louisville|
|2.||O.D. Anosike, Siena||10.||Chris Gaston, Fordham|
|3.||Mike Moser, UNLV||11.||Mason Plumlee, Duke|
|4.||Jamelle Hagins, Delaware||12.||Jackie Carmichael, Illinois St.|
|5.||Arsalan Kazemi, Rice||13.||Jack Conley, Notre Dame|
|6.||Keith Rendleman, UNC Wilmington||14.||Mike Groselle, The Citadel|
|7.||Richard Howell, N.C. State||15.||Josh Davis, Tulane|
|8.||Dennis Tinnon, Marshall|
REMEMBER NOVEMBER: The 2012-13 Citadel basketball schedule includes 14 home games, five first time opponents and three teams that earned bids to a 2012 postseason tournament.
Among the November games at McAlister Field House is the second installment of the All-Military Classic. The Bulldogs will host longstanding rival VMI to open the season on Nov. 10, preceded by a meeting between Air Force and Army. The following day the Bulldogs square off with either the Falcons or Black Knights to complete the two-day event.
The five-game November homestand continues with a pair of games against Montreat College and Union College, both first time meetings. The Dogs complete their opening month of the season on Nov. 24 when they go head-to-head with Radford for the first time in program history.
Season and individual game tickets are on sale now. For more information on tickets, call (843) 953- DOGS (3647). All home games will be video and audio streamed through Bulldog Insider. For more information on Bulldog Insider or Bulldog Basketball, visit the official website of The Citadel Athletics, www.CitadelSports.com.