Adding some offense to the defense
WESTMINSTER, Md. – If there's one thing that was lacking from last season's men's basketball team at McDaniel, it was the offense.
In 17 of the Green Terror's 25 games a year ago, the squad failed to reach 60 points, leading – in large part – to an 8-17 campaign after back-to-back winning seasons under head coach Kevin Curley.
Curley enters 2010-11 with much more optimism for the offense with the return of Kevin Henry (Frederick, Md./Bullis) and Devon Lesniak (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) to the fold after a season away. Curley also brought in Cullen Murray-Kemp (Trappe, Md./Easton) – a junior transfer from Division II Millersville – and has Michael Jarboe (Monrovia, Md./Urbana) and Louis Sarris-Grau (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Lower Moreland) back after late-season injuries.
Sarris-Grau averaged 10.2 points per game a year ago through 13 games. In addition to Jarboe's 9.0 points per game, the Green Terror also brings back top scorers and rebounders Marcus Dyson (Scotch Plains, N.J./Union Catholic) and Woody Butler (Smithsburg, Md./Middletown). Dyson contributed 8.0 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game, starting 21 of 24 games while Butler averaged 5.8 points per game and 3.3 rebounds per game. The trio of Butler, Dyson and Sarris-Grau also combined for 62 of the team's 89 blocked shots.
Those offensive weapons coupled with a defense-first mindset from the fourth-year mentor could get McDaniel back to the Centennial Conference playoffs after a one-year hiatus.
Click play below to watch and listen to Coach Curley preview the upcoming season.