It’s that time of year again in the world of athletics: basketball season. Here at West Chester University, great pride is taken in our men’s basketball team. Last season, they were the proud owners of the PSAC East title, for the first time since the 2001-2002 season. With that title under their belts, the team made it to the PSAC semifinals, but Edinboro unfortunately got the best of them.
However, Coach Richard DeLaney doesn’t seem too caught up in the past. Judging by the performance given Wednesday night, WCU Golden Rams fans shouldn’t have too many worries either. WCU dominated against Wilmington with outstanding teamwork, winning the season opener 79-57.
DeLaney commented, “It was a good first game, a lot of team contribution.” Aaron Williams and Lenwood Greenwood were quick to the rebounds and Donnell Butler took over with offense.
The season goal for DeLaney and the Golden Rams is a replay of last season and beyond. There are a lot of strong returning players that contributed to earning last season’s PSAC East title, so DeLaney has good faith that history will repeat itself. According to their coach, the key players to look for are Senior Captain and forward Donnell Butler, senior forward Aaron Williams, forward junior Lenwood Greenwood, guards senior Shawn Wertd, senior Justin Westmooreland, and sophomore Kevin Stokes. Another to look out for is freshman Kenny St. George at guard.
When Coach DeLaney was asked how he was going to use last season’s performance to better this season’s, he said, “It’s going to be the same as last season.” There is a lot of good defense on the team and defense is what wins games.”
DeLaney is excited about the upcoming season because “the league is very strong and balanced.” This being said, it could get interesting for all those college basketball fans out there.