With only one full-time returning starter and 13 new freshmen, the Kalamazoo Valley Men's Basketball team will rely on a lot of new players to step up early and make an impact right away.
"Patience will be key as we look to put new pieces into place and build a quality, competitive team," said Head Coach Jim Horn. "Guard Darrian Burkett is the only player back who started every game for us last year while 6'6 forward Grant Kubiak had several starts in conference play. We expect a lot out of our talented freshman class."
Horn's freshman class includes: standouts Anthony Bethea, a 6'6 center who transferred from Northern Michigan University along with 5'10 Benton Harbor High School graduate point guard Elijah Baxter, 6'6 forward and member of the MLive Dream Team Evan Finch, 6'4 forward JoVaun Jones and 5'9 point guard Melvin Fraizer both graduates of Wyoming High School and 6'3 four-sport athlete from Athens High School Andrew Oswalt.
"Our coaching staff is optimistic that we can put together a team that will compete at a very high level this year," Horn said.