The SAGU menís basketball team will look to redeem themselves from last seasonís disappointing overall record.
Before last season, the Lions had recorded double digit wins for six straight seasons. However, with seven returnees and with five key recruits, this 12 man team is ready to return to the Red River Conference tournament.
Despite not making the RRAC Tourney last year, the Lionís 6-23 overall record did qualify them for play in the NCCAA Central Region Tournament. The Lions however were not able to get out of the first round as Central Baptist downed SAGU 79-68.
Gone are the Lions top two scoring leaders. Graduated senior Julio Osorio scored 17.3 points per game and led SAGU in rebounds with 10.1 boards per game. Jeremy Bowman was second with 12.9 points per game.
Matt Daniels will be the cornerstone the Lions will build on this year. Daniels last year was third on the team in scoring 11.2 points per game. The seniorís game is not strictly offensive, as Daniels was the team leader in steals last year with 39 on the season while providing quality leadership.
The other returnee with significant playing time last year is senior Jake Sones. Sones played in all 29 games last year and averaged four rebounds per game and 4.4 points per game.
Also returning to the team and expected to make significant contributions are Andrew Gonzalez, Chris Wegener, Brendon Johnson and Tim Geil.
Head Coach Jerry Boone made three major additions this off-season. The first was getting medical redshirt freshman, Daniel Pease, well and ready to play.
The second was the signing of JUCO point guard Gerren Hamilton. Hamilton is a transfer from Ranger Junior College with tremendous quickness and court savvy. Lastly, freshman Jason Rice from Katy, TX is expected to be a strong shooter for SAGU.
Head womenís basketball coach Arlon Beadles begins his third year at the helm of the Lady Lions. And finally Coach Beadles may get the chance to field the team that he has been waiting for.
Last years team never was able to get out of the gate. Before the season started, season ending injuries, set the Lady Lions back significantly.
The primary example of this is the injury to Heather Jefferson, whose recovery is key to this yearís team.
Graduated from last years team is All-Time leading scorer, Evelyn Johnson. Johnson averaged 20.8 points per game last season. Also graduated is the second All-Time leading rebounder, Amanda Hores. Hores was the team leader in rebounds with 10.8 boards per game.
With these two ladies and a short bench, SAGU finished 2-16 in conference play, but managed to grab five wins over the season.
Now Beadles is ready with yearís squad as the third year coach returns a now healthy Heather Jefferson and an impressive off-season recruiting spree.
The Lady Lions of 2007-2008 will have a completely new look as Jefferson (despite not playing in a regular season game) and Courtney Taylor will be the only returnees from last years squad.
The recruiting spanned the continental United States where in Columbia Falls, MO Brittany Downing signed. Further south of Montana in Estes Park, CO, Traci Allen was the second out of state signee.
Coach Beadles also heavily combed the Texas country side as he signed five other Ladies from the Lone Star State: Nicole Linen from El Paso, TX, Stephanie Hawkins from DeSoto, TX, Rachel Harris from Ft. Worth, TX, April Allbritton from Sache, TX and Kaítina Green from Giddings, TX.
The Lady Lions will turn to Heather Jefferson (5-6 guard), Stephanie Hawkins (5-5 Guard), and Nicole Linen (5-9 Forward) to make major contributions this season.
Despite the overall lack of height from this team, Coach Beadles believes his teamís quickness and hard nose play will make up for this disadvantage.
The last time the Lady Lions made the Red River Conference tournament was during the 2001-2002 season when SAGU went 8-10 in conference play.
Fans this year can expect to see a fast break team that will be exciting to watch on the court.