2011-12 Season Preview
The 2011-12 Spartan Men’s Basketball team combines a veteran presence with the youthful enthusiasm of several newcomers. The Spartans look to play an up tempo, exciting brand of basketball this season, and have set high goals for success in the AMCC Conference.
Senior Raysean Johnson (Buffalo, NY/Grover Cleveland) returns after a year hiatus. In 2009-10 he was the AMCC’s second leading scorer and was in the conference top 15 in five different categories. Senior Greg Osika (Depew, NY/Depew) has been among the conference leaders in steals in each of his first three seasons and is expected to run the offense from his point guard position. Junior Patrick Coyle (North Chili, NY/Bishop Kearney) was the NCAA Division III leader in blocked shots last season and has added an expanded offensive game to his repertoire. He will be expected to be a force in the paint.
Senior Josh Domros (Buffalo, NY/Hutch Tech) is an explosive guard who will provide an important element to the Spartan’s fast breaking, pressing style of play. Sophomore Jake Maryniewski (Depew, NY/Depew) will capably assist in the point guard duties and will be a key person in the defensive rotation. Returning guards Kenny Farley (Buffalo, NY/Performing Arts), Ricky Coburn (Depew, NY/Depew) and Dave Ogg (Ashley, OH/Buckeye Valley) will add depth to the rotation. Sophomore Anthony Wiechec (Buffalo, NY/St. Francis) is back at the forward position, combining solid defense and rebounding along with solid post moves. Deon Williams (Detroit, MI/Mumford) also adds depth to the frontline.
Five newcomers provide a welcome addition and energy to this year’s squad. Jeff Curry (Buffalo, NY/Lafayette) can play both guard and forward and has an excellent all around game. Julian Reed (Cheektowaga, NY/Union-Endicott) is a 6-7 forward who has great potential and will be heard from as the season goes on. Erik Prophet (Buffalo, NY/City Honors), Kevin Ford (Buffalo, NY/Amherst) and Zac Plonka (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) all are guards who can shoot, attack the basket and defend.
D’Youville was picked to finish ninth in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference preseason coaches poll.
“We are focused on improving every practice and game. I really could care less what the preseason polls say. If our current president had listened to his preseason polling, he would have quit running for president, said Spartans head coach Earl Schunk.
D’Youville opens the 2011-12 campaign with an exhibition game November 5 at home versus Brock University then hits the floor for real November 15 at Buffalo State.