The Men's Basketball team at Lees-McRae begins the 2006-07 season in transition. New Head Coach Scott Polsgrove takes the reigns of the Bobcats basketball program, coming from King College. The two time TVAC Coach of the Year returns eight players from last season's 7-22 team. Eight new Bobcats, including four freshman, will look to adjust to the collegiate game as well as a new coach.
The average height of the newest Bobcats is 6'4", which should add some much needed size to the Bobcats game. Junior Transfer Bruno Daliu stands at 6'8" and with collegiate experience playing at Tusculum College, should compete for playing time immediately. A pair of Junior College teammates, Mario McClunie and Blake Carr played their first two collegiate seasons at Hiwassee Community College. Coach Polsgrove is hopeful that their familiarity with one another will translate into success on the court for the Bobcats.
The experience and leadership of seniors Henry Williams (pictured left) and Aaron Dugger, an honorable mention All CVAC a year ago, will be heavily relied upon as the Bobcats adjust to a new coaching staff and look to improve on last season's tenth place finish and first round exit of the conference tournament. As fourth year Bobcats, the two of them will be looked to by the coaches and their teammates to lead the Bobcats out of the CVAC cellar. Polsgrove has brought in Steve Drabyn from Sewanee, The University of the South to assist him. The young Belmont '04 grad fits well with Polsgrove's philosophies while also giving the youthful team a coach who is not far removed from being a collegiate player himself. Drabyn currently holds the second best single season free throw percentage record, leading Division I players with 95.1% in 2003.
The Bobcats will open the 2006-07 season on the road at Lincoln Memorial, November 15th at 8:00pm.