Coach Pastner is a very busy man this summer as he is gearing up for next season. There is so much excitement around the city of Memphis concerning the recruiting class, the new conference and the college basketball season. On Thursday, coach Pastner was as busy as any other coach trying to get things intact for next season.
He was running his basketball camp at the Finch Center, which was pure fun for the kids. He is also trying to find a third assistant coach to join his staff. He interviewed Samford’s Yasir Rosemond for the assistant coach position. Lastly, he coached his team through a 40-minute workout. With all of this work, he found time to do his first media session of the summer.
“I sense a great chemistry right now. A great sense of excitement for the season,” said Pastner. “Going into a new conference with a new TV package, just everything I think there’s a lot of excitement.”
As of right now, Memphis is currently short of players during their workouts. Second year forward Shaq Goodwin is in Colorado Springs, Colo., for the USA Basketball’s Under-19 World Championship team training camp. Freshmen forward Kuran Iverson and guard Pookie Powell have to meet the NCAA academic requirements.
From the talent that will be playing next season, coach Pastner is definitely loaded and this is the most talented team Pastner has had since he took the head coaching job in 2009.
Who makes this team dangerous?
People may say the four seniors on the roster (Joe Jackson, Chris Crawford, Geron Johnson, and Michael Dixon). Better yet, others may say the inside presence that Memphis will have next season. The frontcourt will include Shaq Goodwin, Austin Nichols, Nick King, and Dominic Woodson.
By the looks of it, Memphis will have weapons to use at every position, so take your pick.
As the fans have mentioned before, does Pastner have enough minutes to play all of his guys?
“The biggest thing is chemistry and making sure that they understand what our expectations are; what we want to do and what we’re trying to achieve,” said Pastner. “I also know it’s June and I’m not subbing anyone right now. Everyone’s getting reps.
Time is ticking for Pastner to hire another assistant coach. Rosemond, a former player and assistant coach at Oregon, joined Samford’s staff in April 2012 after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant at Seattle University.
He also interviewed former Tigers star Keith Lee, former Drake head coach Mark Phelps, and former Arizona players Jason Gardner and Miles Simon.
“I think I have a good feel of what I need,” said Pastner. “I want to see what our strengths are— myself, assistant Robert Kirby, and Aki Collins— and what our weaknesses are, and then try to get someone to fill some of those areas where maybe our weaknesses are so we have a good fit with the staff.”
FANS VOTE FOR NEW COURT DESIGN
Fans are being given the opportunity to vote on the new court design for the Memphis Tigers next season. Fans can go vote at gotigersgo.com.
Each of the designs feature a much larger Memphis Tigers logo at midcourt.
“Our fans are some of the best in the country as far as being engaged with this team and being a part of this team. We think it’s a great opportunity to reward that and engage our fans,” said Memphis deputy athletic director Wren Baker.
Tom Bowen said “This allows fans the opportunity to take part in the design process.”
Voting closes June 24. The chosen design will be announced in early July.
I received this information from the Commercial Appeal.