Team preview: Centenary

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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)

Second-year Centenary Rob Flaska turned the Gold Dome upside down when he was hired after the 2004-2005 season -- a thorough housecleaning, as it were.

After a 4-23 debut, Flaska had the house cleaned for him this offseason.

Leading scorer Chris Watson (14.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.4 apg) is no longer with the team because of academics. Starter Xavier Burnette (7.3 ppg, 2.7 apg, 1.1 spg), Clarke Jackson (7.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg), Eric Holmes (5.1 ppg) and Jason Underwood (4.8 ppg) all transferred
out of the program -- largely because of minutes, or
a lack thereof.

"When you have a program in a situation we're in, you have to find out who's committed," Flaska said. "Eventually, you figure out what you need."

What Flaska didn't need after last season's debacle was a reprimand from the NCAA. Centenary's APR (Academic Progress Rate) was found to be below the acceptable minimum limit of 925, so the NCAA yanked two scholarships from the Gents.

"We will appeal because of the coaching change [Flaska replaced Kevin Johnson April 1, 2005] and the situation the way it was," Flaska said.

As for the 6-6, 210-pound Watson, it'll be hard to replace his offensive production.

"Offensively, we will miss Chris because that's the one thing we don't have," Flaska said. "But we'll be better defensively [at his position]. And offensively, at the other four positions. It's just that Chris could create match-ups inside and outside on the offensive end because of his athleticism."

Ronnie Martin (3.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg) didn't return after his freshman season and Ian Maxwell (1.7 ppg, 1.5 rpg) was a senior.