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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)
COACH AND PROGRAM
The past is something that Bobby Jones would rather not focus on.
If you were coming off a 4-24 campaign after three straight double-digit victory seasons, you'd feel the same way, too.
The Red Flash ran out of luck when star guard Darshan Luckey declared early for the NBA draft and seniors Jason Osborne and Rodney Gibson departed after the 2004-05 season.
Things turned even worse when 6-10, 250-pound center J.R. Enright (11.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg) was lost 11 games into last season with a broken bone in his foot, and by the end of the year, the team was down to eight healthy players.
"God knows we took our share of lumps," said Jones, who realized about halfway through the season that his squad just didn't have the manpower to compete in the NEC each night. "I was not disappointed with the way we played, but we just ran out of gas."
The good news for the Red Flash is Enright is back for his senior season, and if he can stay healthy, he has the chance to be one of the league's top big men. After sitting almost two seasons, the former Nebraska recruit started to come into his own last year -- scoring 19 points in two non-league contests -- and Jones was eager to see him compete in league play.
"I knew it was going to be tough for conference teams to guard him," Jones said. "It was a huge loss for us when he went down. It forced the young guys to play and they just weren't ready."
It also depleted the Red Flash of its only true center. Junior Winston Robinson (3.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg) and freshman T.J. Lundy (3.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg) tried to fill the void, but both players left the program in the offseason.