Story by Jon Dinan
2011-2012 record: 28-4, lost in Region XV semifinals.
Coach: Kevin DeVantier
Key players lost: Cleanthony Early, a two-time national player of the year. He received a full scholarship to Wichita State University; Marvin Jean, first-team all-region, who received a full scholarship to Utah State and Frankie Drayton, second-team all-region who received a full scholarship to Newman University. The Generals also lost David Haughton, Will Davis, and Dante Agnew.
Players to watch: (according to coach DeVantier): Willie Williams is a very strong and athletic post player. Marcus Henderson is a very speedy and skilled point guard. Antoine Gattling is a big physical guard. Bobby Jones is a dynamic scorer and Nyqwan Crowell is a very athletic quick guard.
Team strengths: “Our size and speed,” says Devantier. “We are a very tough, hard-nosed team who will be relentless on the defensive side.”
Team goals: “Our goal as always is to win the region and the national tournament,” said DeVantier.
Outlook: “We have a great mix of experience and talented youth,” said DeVantier “I believe this team has a chance to be special.”
2012-2013 season: The Generals are 3-1 on the young season, including a victory over Division II Genesee at the Monroe Community College Tournament in Rochester this past weekend. Their lone loss 86-76, came in the finals of that tournament to host Monroe, a division junior college power.
2011-2012 record: 12-16
Coach: Daniel Lang (first year)
Key players lost: Everyone, this year’s team is comprised of all freshmen.
Players to watch: (according to coach Lang): Regina Steele (center) is a scorer, rebounder, and shot blocker. She is a very good leader and hard worker. Another player to watch is forward Tashalee Lawrence. She is a great rebounder, defender and is an offensive threat as well. She does all of the dirty work for our team. Guard Briana Rhett is the team’s best scoring threat from the perimeter, as well as a fast and great defender.
Strengths/weaknesses: “We are very fast and want the game to be uptempo,” said Lang. “I think that favors us and our style of play. With our speed and athletic ability we can create a lot of havoc for opposing teams. We all do a good job of rebounding the basketball and we want to push the ball.
“We feel with our conditioning that we have an advantage against our opponents.”
“As for weaknesses, we are all freshman so we don't have that sophmore on the team who has been through the grind of a college basketball season and can help translate the difference of high school to college for the girls. Some teams may be taller than us, but we look at that as more of an advantage for us like I mentioned earlier.”
Team goals: “We want to win, be competitive and give every opponent we face our best shot,” said Lang. “We work hard and we know that if we play our game that the results will take care of themselves.”
Outlook: “From the first day we all met together, I explained to the girls that we are all new, that we are going to grow together and get better everyday as a team,” said Lang. “We spoke about how we are in this together, and everyone mentioned how excited they were to get on the floor and play some basketball. I feel we will have a successful season because they are a great group of girls and everyday they come to work hard and improve. As the season goes on we will continue to grow and I am excited to see how it all shapes up.”
2012-2013 season: The Generals are 2-1 on the young season, with victories over Finger Lakes Community College in the Delhi Tournament and Hostos in the home opener last Thursday. Their loss came to Alfred State, a top Division II team which is undefeated at 4-0 this season.