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Basketball Preseason Interview

Basketball Preseason Interview

Franklin Springs, GA - The Emmanuel Lions are about to embark on their second year at the NCAA DII level.  Their first season was a success finishing with a 21-11 overall record and ending up in 3rd for the Conference Carolinas regular season. The 2014-2015 Lions had a veteran club that only knew how to do one thing and that was to win. Led by senior All-American point guard Michael Stanley the Lions had an amazing season. The Lions have lost 4 other huge contributing seniors from last season in Patrick McCrary, Jeremy Burgess, Luke Miller, and Johan Pennerat. But with that much senior leadership they were able to challenge the younger core to carry on the torch of Lion Pride.

Last year the Emanuel lions ended their season 21-11 as their overall record. The lions took third in the South Carolina Championship, being "only a bucket away from the National Championship", Coach Thomas Rosene stated.

The 2015-2016 season is going to be a fun process. The lions have recruited a young and talented group of freshman. The new young guns on campus at Emmanuel are expected to grow up quick and contribute immediately. Those exciting new freshman are: Kendrick Colvin, Nate Williams, Emerson McClung, Sam Turner, Austin Greene, Nick Schiemann, and Jack Fitzpatrick. Along with the freshman we can't forget about the group that makes Emmanuel basketball what it is. The returners are tough and motivated to continue the success and embrace the journey ahead of them. The staple of the Lions this year will be our leaders down low and they are the juniors Zach Vess and Zach Lillie. The other much-improved returners are Kurtis Robinson, Steven Guinchard, Willie Akasson, Austin Farrow, Clint Cybulski. The new transfer additions that the Lions look to have play big minutes are Elijah Robinson and Ronnie Stanley.

With this "new look" Lions team they are hungry. They are already making impact with each other, the campus, as well as the community. The Lions play a tough schedule this season but look to grow with every minute of every game they play. A lot of the faces have changed within the program, but the one constant is the passion within the locker-room which will show on the court. It will be an exciting year to watch the younger looking Lions grow up right in front of our eyes. The Lions will embrace the challenge night in and night out. The Lions are ready to answer that call. 

Despite the loss of chemistry and a new young group of talent, Coach Rosene believes the mindset of some like Austin Green and Nate Williams, will help lead the team to a National Championship. The men begin their journey, Friday November 13 aganist Georgia State in Dahlongea, Georgia at the Carolina Peach Belt Challenge.                                                                          
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