Head Coach: Scott Davenport
2014-15 Finish: 31-4 (lost in Quarter Finals)
2014-15 Conference Finish: 1st
*G- Rusty Troutman- Junior
G- Michael Parrish- Senior
*F- George Suggs- Senior
*F- Josh Derksen- Junior
Fast Facts From The Source (Bellarmine Athletics)
Which players will log significant minutes for your team this year? If you already know the starting five, can you share that with us?
Rusty Troutman, Josh Derksen and George Suggs are our returning starters and we are expecting them to play significant roles again this year. This is our deepest team with 11 returning players off a Final Four run and some quality newcomers. The competition in practice is going to be tremendous.
What will be the biggest difference between this year’s team and last year’s team?
We have an Unanimous All-American to replace in Jake Thelen and a 1st Team All Conference player in Chris Whitehead. Josh Sewell and Corbin Maynard played significant roles coming off the bench. They were all great leaders and we expect this year’s captains to pick up right where they left off. There has never been a great team that did not have great leaders.
Which newcomer do you think will make the biggest impact this season?
Yasin Kolo has been with our program for a year now and was able to practice all last season while waiting on the NCAA for his eligibility. He has a leg up on everyone because he is “new” to taking the floor on gameday but has had a full year of experience in our system.
Al Davis is a JUCO PG transfer for North Iowa Area CC. He has also been through the grind of college basketball and we hope can step in and contribute right away.
We are excited with the upside our freshmen have shown thus far and our freshmen from last year have all made a tremendous jump during the off-season.
Which player(s) do you expect to lead the team this season? Please name the captains if that has already been established.
Captains: Michael Parrish, George Suggs and Rusty Troutman
Is there one game you have circled on your calendar as your “game of the year”?
When you play at the DII level and it has been shown that whatever team hosts the regional tournament has a great chance of making the Elite Eight, every game is important. Anyone can win on a given night.
Is there anything else you want fans to know about your team?
For us it is all about “TEAM.” We win and lose as a team and we are held accountable as a team. If we adopt this philosophy we have a chance for a special season.
Watch this video of Bellarmine’s student section getting pumped up for a tournament game: