|Mike Greenman '17|
|Dan Aronowitz '17|
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Eph men's basketball coach Kevin App heads into his second season at the helm in the Purple Valley. The team returns two starters, nine lettermen, and welcomes six talented first years into the program.
This Eph team has one goal, focus on improving and appreciating every day. Fans can anticipate a team they will truly get to watch develop from the season's start to finish. "We have a talented, balanced group this year that our staff is excited to develop and watch grow together," said App. "We have high internal expectations, a motivated group, and the talent to put a product on the floor that Williams and our community will be proud of. It's going to take a lot of effort, one day at a time, but we're confident we will get there."
Coach App and his staff are excited about the balance of the 2015-2016 group in regards to experience, talent, and new faces. "We return two starters and seven total players that contributed and played meaningful minutes in tightly contested, important games last season," App noted. "This is actually a larger group of returning contributors than we had last season. Combined with the depth and talent of our first year class, in my opinion, we have a deeper and more experienced group this year."
The two returning starters are junior tri-captain, Mike Greenman, and junior forward Dan Aronowitz. Greenman led the Ephs in assists last year with 110 and he hit on 34.3 percent of his three-point attempts while averaging 8.6 ppg. "Mike will be even better this season," App offered. "He works incredibly hard, is a leader in our program, and I feel more than confident with him helping run our team as a third-year starter."
Aronowitz had a breakout season last winter playing in all 25 games and averaging 10.7 ppg. One of the quickest forwards in NESCAC, Aronowitz is a slashing attacker who can also step back and hit from beyond the arc. He made 31 of his 78 three attempts last winter, 39.7%. "Dan really showed just how versatile and dynamic a player he is capable of being," said App. "Consistency has been Dan's focus since last season, and we're confident he's up for the challenge of being a key contributor on this team."
Senior center Ed Flynn (6-10), also a captain, appears to be the leading contender to start up front at the center position. Last season, a healthy Flynn shot nearly 60% from the field. App will be counting on him to provide stability and steadiness in a young frontcourt, commenting, "Ed has really stepped up as a leader and performer. He brings size and an understanding of what we want to do offensively and defensively. I'm incredibly proud of his growth as a player and young man and look forward to a strong senior year from him."
Backing up Flynn will be first years Michael Kempton (Scottsdale, AZ) who stands 6-10 and 6-9 Jake Porath (Calabasas, CA). "Michael and Jake bring unique skill sets and size that will be able to help our team right away," App said. "We're fortunate to have them in our program."
Along with Aronowitz, sophomore Cole Teal helps give Coach App and his staff an experienced, talented wing forward duo. Teal played in all 25 games last season, starting six. He really stepped up for the Ephs during NESCAC play when he was third on the team in 3-point percentage (36%) and first in assist to turnover ratio (2.7). "We anticipate a strong season for Cole," App said. "He's one of our best defenders, and proved that he can perform at a high level for our team when he plays with poise and confidence."
First year forwards will be looked at to provide instant depth and versatility at the wing forward position as well. 6-8 Marcos Soto (Westlake Village, CA), 6-7 James Heskett (Cincinnati, OH) and 6-6 Kyle Scadlock (Twinsburgh, OH) will all look to showcase their talents this season. "Marcos, James, and Kyle provide our team with the length, skill, and versatility we need to be efficient offensively and defensively," App stated. "Our fans and community will surely enjoy watching these three compete and perform."
Senior Adam Harrell, along with providing leadership for the younger Ephs, will look to showcase his left-handed shooting touch this year. App commented, "Not many in our program shoot it better than Adam. He'll have an opportunity to use his experience, understanding of our system, and skill set to earn minutes at either the guard or wing position."
The backcourt, led by returning starter Greenman, will be rich with experience. Senior captain Luke Thoreson saw action in 15 games last season and looks to continue to do whatever he can to help this program succeed. Sophomore Chris Galvin played in all 25 games a year ago, proving himself one of the team's hardest workers on the defensive end of the floor and heady playmaker on the offensive end. Adam Kroot also brings experience, size, and a great shooting touch to the backcourt. "Our staff couldn't have more confidence in Luke, Chris, and Adam," stated App. "They all gained valuable experience last season, and look to step into even larger roles on the floor."
Rounding out the 2015-2016 Ephs are backcourt players, first year guard 6-2 Bobby Casey (Scranton, PA) and football defensive back Taysean Scott. "Bobby has a terrific ability to make shots and plays for himself and others that will allow him to fight for playing time right away," said App. Scott, after missing most of last season with a knee injury, will look to provide instant energy, toughness, and quickness for the Ephs.
Chandler faithful get to first see this team in action the weekend of November 20-21 in the Williams College Tip-Off Tournament. The Ephs will open vs. Salem State at 8:00 p.m. on Nov. 20. In his final comment on the upcoming season App said, "We look forward to putting together a product on the floor built on trust, balance, and selflessness. Our team understands they need to appreciate each opportunity we have to compete together. We're currently focused on improving one day at a time."