The Scots men’s basketball team is hungry to win in the 2014-15 season. Coming off of a tough 2013-14 season, the team has made some fundamental changes in their basketball philosophy, practice, and skills development. While there is still room for growth, the team has begun to embrace these changes and Coach Taylor looks forward to a steady improvement throughout the season.
In addition to these positive changes, losing zero starters and gaining TJ Cox who played for Covenant College through the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons will definitely give the Scots a competitive advantage over many other teams in the USA South Conference who have lost one to three key players.
While there have been no changes to the Scot’s bench this year, a new face has appeared on the coaching staff. Replacing former assistant coach Brian Millar, Peter Wilkerson has officially fulfilled the role of full time assistant coach. Wilkerson, an alum of Covenant College, gained coaching experience at Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri where he worked during the 2013-14 season.
Wilkerson said, "I'm excited about the opportunity to coach not only at the collegiate level, but at my alma mater." Coach Taylor is also excited about the addition of Coach Wilkerson saying, "He had a great experience at Maryville University and learned a lot from a very good college basketball coach in Kevin Carroll. Maryville runs the same offense we do, so I'm excited to learn and integrate the variations and teaching points that Peter learned under Coach Carroll."
A strong point last year, the Scot’s offensive play is looking very good again this year. Defensively, the team has learned from the 2013-14 season and made a few key changes in their defensive play which the team looks forward to yielding positive results. Look for returners Chris Boyd, Teron Ferguson, Nate Frierson, Micah Turner, Colton Mcgriff, Bryant Engbers, and Daniel Garrett to contribute significantly to the Scot’s success this season.
Also, talented sophomore returners, Robby Bell, Will Portlock, Z Arima, Ben Phelps and Connor Sears now have a season of collegiate basketball experience which will help the Scots tremendously.
The Covenant Scots men’s basketball team has taken what they learned from a rough, though educational 2013-14 season and used it to positively change many aspects of their play.
While they look forward to steadily improving as the season progresses, the team has worked hard in pre-season and are excited to play ball. An expectant, confident bench filled with returners begin their season at Stevenson College in Owings Mill, MD on November 15, 2014.
They play their first home game against Oglethorpe on Tuesday November 25, 2014. Go Scots.