ARCATA, Cailf. (KIEM)- The Lumberjacks are getting ready to get back on the court and compete in a full season after only competing in nine games last season due to the pandemic.
“It’s very exciting, you know. especially last year we pretty much had all away games,” said senior guard AJ Sims. “So, we really didn’t have a chance to see no fans or no crowd here.”
Like the womens team, the men’s team has a completely new roster from top to bottom.
“We got a ton of talent but a lot of depth,” said Head Coach Tae Norwood.
This years team, led by second year coach Tae Norwood, is going to play a run and gun style of basketball and the roster reflects just that.
“We filled this roster out with big wings, wings that are 6’5″, 6’6″ across the board and athletic bigs 6’11”, 6’10”, 6’9″ across the flat line and guards who really like to get after it full court, 94 feet,” said Norwood.
Coach Norwood believes that he, along with his staff have assembled a team that is ready to take on a very tough CCAA conference.
“Throughout that recruiting process, we were trying to find prospects and find guys that have great motors and play with tons of energy, are coachable and are selfless,” said Norwood.
Not only does coach Norwood believe this team will shine on the hardwood, but will also excell in the classroom.
“Last year we had a 3.39 cumulative GPA, best GPA in the last decade here. So, that’s a tremendous attribute with the young men inside the classroom,” said Norwood. “We looking to build upon that success this semester.”
The Lumberjacks will begin their season on the road in Carson on November 12 and 13 as they face Western Washington and Simon Fraser.
Then, they will make their way home on November 20 to host Lincoln University, led by former NBA All-Star Gary Payton.
They will end non-conference play against Dominican University at home.
“We’re looking at hopefully playing these non-conference games to help build on the season,” said Norwood. “We’re playing a gauntlet of a conference. The CCAA from top to bottom is a dog fight every night. There’s no gimmes in the schedule.”