2012-13 Season Preview
Mules looking for more in 2012-13 The 2011-2012 Central Missouri Mules captured a share of the MIAA championship. It was the 22nd conference crown in school history and the fourth under head coach Kim Anderson, giving him more MIAA crowns than any other coach in school history. Even with that success, last season’s Mules missed out on the NCAA Tournament and feel like there is still more to accomplish. “We did achieve some success last year. To be able to share the MIAA title is a great accomplishment,” Head Coach Kim Anderson said. “But not as much as we would have liked.” With eight seniors and four starters returning from last season’s squad the expectations are for an even better season in 2012-13. “We’re hopeful that we’ve improved over last year. Our big challenge will be to try to incorporate the new guys with the returners and getting everyone on the same page,” said Anderson. That task will be largely shaped by the senior class and the leadership roles that they take. Coach Anderson says that the level of UCM’s success this year will hinge on molding the talented group of returners and newcomers and playing together better than they did a season ago. “We have a core group of players who have been in the program for an extended period of time. They know what we expect and how we do things,” said Anderson.
Backcourt Guards (2011-12 Statistics) Returners
GP-GS PPG RPG APG SPG BPG 4.7 1.3 0.2 Lance Beckwith 26-19 8.7 4.3 3.0 0.9 0.1 Dominique Newton 13-0 5.1 1.8 1.3 0.5 0.0 D.J. Slifer 25-15 3.1 1.3 0.8 0.5 0.1 Reggie Stallings Appeared in only 2 games due to injury Lost GP-GS PPG RPG APG SPG BPG Boo Hunter 26-23 11.8 3.9 1.9 1.2 0.3 Yavario Smith 18-4 6.4 1.9 1.4 1.2 0.6 Newcomers: Preston Brunz, Jon Gilliam, Charles Hammork, Ryan Magdziarz, Preston Oakes* *Redshirted in 2011-12 Widgett Washington 27-18 11.9 2.0
Five of those returning seniors are in the backcourt, led by honorable mention All-MIAA pick Widgett Washington. He was second on the team in scoring a season ago at 11.9 points per game and dished out a team-high 4.7 assists per game. Other returners in the backcourt include Lance Beckwith, who started 19 of 26 games played last year and aveaged 8.7 points and 3.0 assists per game. DJ Slifer started 15 games last season, averaging 3.1 points per contest and shooting 46 percent from the floor and 47 percent from three-point range. Dominique Newton appeared in 13 games in his first season in the cardinal and black. He scored 5.1 points per game and shot 44 percent from beyond the arc. Also returning this season is Reggie Stallings. He suffered a season-ending injury in the second game last season, but was an MIAA All-Defensive Team performer in 2010-11. The Mules have some talented newcomers to add to the backcourt mix as well. Charles Hammork averaged 15.3 points per game a season ago and was the Jayhawk East Division Most Valuable Player at Coffeyville Community College. Jon Gilliam played at nearby Moberly Community College where he averaged nine points per game and shot 41 percent from behind the three-point line. According to Anderson, Gilliam is a tough shooter, good defender and brings a lot to the table. 10
Ryan Magdziarz is a physical wing player who averaged 19 points per game as a sophomore at Johnson County Community College. Anderson sees similarities between him and former Mule, Derek Weber, a big strong guy who can make things happen. Preston Brunz is the brother of former Mule and current graduate assistant coach, Bryce Brunz. He’s a solid shooter and ball handler, who was an all-region pick at Kirkwood Community College. Anderson thinks there is a possiblity of redshirting a few of the newcomers, but with the competition level high it’s too early to tell. Preston Oakes is another player who figures to factor in either in the backcourt or frontcourt. He was an early signee for the Mules back in 2010 and redshirted last season in his first year in the program.
The Mules return three key players in the front court , including all-district and all-conference selection Dominique Long. He led the team in scoring and rebounding a season ago at 12.7 points and 5.6 boards per contest. Joining Long in the frontcourt are Alex Dean and Matt
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2012-2013 Media Guide for the University of Central Missouri Mules Basketball team