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Dunkin’ ’Dogs reload for 2015-16

April 10, 2015

 

Freshman point guard Jacobi Boykins will have big shoes to fill next season when he gets an opportunity to step into the starting lineup and replace Kenneth “Speedy” Smith as the catalyst of coach Michael White’s high-octane offense–Photo by Donny Crowe

Freshman point guard Jacobi Boykins will have big shoes to fill next season when he gets an opportunity to step into the starting lineup and replace Kenneth “Speedy” Smith as the catalyst of coach Michael White’s high-octane offense–Photo by Donny Crowe

CATHERINE BURKE

Staff Reporter

 

Coach Mike White and his Dunkin’ ’Dogs were more than exceptional in their 2014-15 season.

 

The team ended the season 27-9, undefeated at home, and were the Conference USA regular season champions for the second year in a row and advanced to the third round of the NIT tournament.

 

White said this past season overall was very rewarding.

 

“The progress this team made over the past nine months was amazing,” he said. “We searched for a few months, kept plugging and found a way.”

 

White said this past season’s team accomplished many great things.

 

“We finished C-USA play with a 15-3 record, won our third straight title and went undefeated at home,” he said. “Those were our biggest accomplishments, and they were huge ones.”

 

White said although a few are not returning, he has faith in his veterans and newcomers.

 

“It is tough losing (Kenneth Smith) Speedy, Mike (Kyser) and Raheem (Appleby),” he said. “We have huge shoes to fill, but we fully expect to be able to fill them over time.”

 

White said he is thankful for the leadership the team gained from his departing seniors.

 

“Our seniors led the way this year,” he said, “They won’t play for next year’s team, but their influence will continue to rub off on the others.”

 

The team will welcome point guard Derric Jean, a true freshman from Hollywood, Florida, to next season’s team.

 

White said Jean will play a major role on the next season’s team.

 

“Derric Jean has elite speed and quickness,” he said. “He should contribute to the team immediately.”

 

White said although the team was tremendously successful, there is always room for improvement.

 

“I hope we can be a bit more consistent when it counts most, like in the conference tournament,” he said. “We hope to be stronger and deeper than in the past, despite not having a clear-cut hierarchy within our rotation.”

 

White said he has specific things he plans to work on with the team in this offseason.

 

“Adding strength is most important,” he said. “We were a weak team physically this year, despite being really good in other areas.”

 

White said he is looking positively ahead to next season.

 

“It’s too early to tell, but we’ll definitely be competitive within our league,” he said. “We’ll be deep and athletic, and I thought our young guys showed some glimpses last this season.”

 

The 2015-16 schedule for White and his Dunkin’ ’Dogs has not been released, but for more information, visit latechsports.com.

 

Email comments to cjb066@latech.edu.

 

 

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