Eastern hosted its annual media day for the two basketball teams, and outlets from across the state came to interview players and coaches and talk about the upcoming season.
The men’s team is preparing for its second season under Head Coach Dan McHale, and the roster is completely different from last year. The Colonels lost seven players from last year’s team and added nine new ones.
“We’re really, really young, as you can see, but it’s a fun group of guys to coach and the culture and program has been established,” McHale said. “I can finally say the guys in this program care about one thing and one thing only, and that’s winning.”
McHale has a year under his belt and a group he recruited, and there is excitement around the team this year and what it can accomplish.
As for leadership, the Colonels will look to guard Isaac McGlone, one of two seniors on the team, who led the Colonels with a 5.7-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
“This season definitely has a different feel to it now that I’m in that leadership role,” McGlone said. “My first three years I was just filling a role, and of course last year with a new coach—things are coming together.”
McGlone was also asked about how comfortable he is in McHale’s system and how he is helping the new players learn.
“I like to think they look up to me,” McGlone said. “I know the offense and plays, so any way I can help, whether they seek me out or I seek them out to make sure we’re all on the same page, I like to do it.”
The offense is expected to run through sophomore standout forward Nick Mayo, which will require him to be even more dominant than he was last year. Mayo was asked about his role and how he’s embracing it.
“I’m trying to be a better leader, but I’m so young, you know?” Mayo said.” I’m the third-youngest on the team, but I’ve been here a year and we have a lot of new guys, so I have to step up. I’ve worked on everything in the offseason just to be better, and I just want to help the team win.”
The team’s first exhibition game is Sunday, Nov. 6 against Georgetown College in Alumni Coliseum. Tip is set for 2 p.m.