slides: Holy Cross Basketball 2015-16 Season Preview
Friday, November 13, 2015
A New Era
Bill Carmody comes to Holy Cross after servings as a special assistant / advisor to the head coach at Fairfield University. Prior to that, Carmody served as the head coach at Northwestern University, leading them to four straight winning seasons from 2008-2012.
Carmody takes over a Holy Cross team with plenty of players left over from the last coaching staff as well as new players.
"We've been practicing since Oct. 2nd, pretty intensely. I think we have a good mix of guys, guys who played last year as well as some younger guys," Carmody said. "I have a starting five, not quite sure how the rotation is going to go yet. Depending on the game we might go with three guards and two forwards or we might go with a bigger line up so that's something we will play with," he added.
Much of the Crusaders success this season is going to be based on how well and how fast the players are going to be able to pick up a Princeton type of offense.
"Its not as complicated as a lot of people would think. He comes from Princeton background so that means lots go passing, lots of cutting, lots of movement on the offensive end. Hopefully kids get used it and it works out because when it's working, it's a pretty thing to watch," said Holy Cross radio play-by-play man Dick Lutsk.
Thompson played in two games last season for Holy Cross, starting 14 of them, and averaged six points, two rebounds and two assists per game.
Cullen Hamilton started 14 of 30 games last season for Holy Cross and averaged 6.6 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. Hamilton shot 34% from three-point land.
One player to watch at the guard position is 6'2" freshman Matt Zignorski who comes over from New Jersey. Zignorski had ten points in the Crusaders exhibition game against Assumption on November 5th.
The forward group is led by 6'7" junior Malachi Alexander who makes his return to the starting lineup after starting 17 of 30 games last season. Alexander averaged 8.4 points and five rebounds per game for the Crusaders.
After only playing in 22 games last season for Holy Cross, 6'11" junior center Matt Husek is expected to see a significant increase in minutes this season. Husek played limited minutes last season and averaged three points and one rebound per game.
One player to watch at the forward position is Karl Charles, a 6'6" freshman from New Jersey who a McDonalds All-American nominee. Charles averaged 15.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game in high school and netted 28 points in the exhibition game against Assumption.
After the game against Maris, Holy Cross visits New England rival Brown University on Monday, November 16th before opening their home schedule on November 19th against New Hampshire.
The Crusaders kick off conference play on December 30th when they host Boston University at home and end the regular season against Boston University on the road on February 27th.
On expectations for the season, Carmody said "I would like to see us just improve. I would like to see the young guys get better and the older guys continue to get better. When individuals are getting better, that means the team is getting better."
The Crusaders finished sixth last season and were picked to finish eighth this season in the preseason polls.
When asked about his feeling on the team, Lutsk said "cautiously optimistic, hoping for best of course but there are lots of unknowns, a lot of question marks. But the coach comes in with credentials so we will see.'
Related Slideshow: Holy Cross 2015-16 Projected Starting Lineup
6th man- Robert Champion
Robert Champion has been a spark plug off the bench for Holy Cros off the bench in this post season.
Champion had 15 points and 6 rebounds against Army and 10 points against Bucknell, including the game tying three with under a second to play in the game.
Expect Champion to be in the game early and often.
- Holy Cross Basketball Announces 2015-16 Schedule
- Holy Cross Football Goes WWE Wrestling at Practice
- Holy Cross Football Looks to Build on Last Season
- Holy Cross Visits Towson, UMass Hosts Temple in Week 2
- Assumption College and Holy Cross Students to Attend Papal Mass in Philadelphia
- Holy Cross, BU Set For Season Long Battle For Turnpike Trophy
- Holy Cross Football Picked to Finish 6th in Patriot League
- NEW: Holy Cross Basketball Announces Completion of Coaching Staff
- NEW: Holy Cross Ranks as 2nd Best Roman Catholic School in Country
- Holy Cross Ranked 8th Most Beautiful Urban Campus in America
- NEW: Bill Belichick’s Daughter, Amanda, Named Holy Cross Women’s Lacrosse Coach
- Holy Cross Set For Home Opener Against Colgate
- Holy Cross Hosts Albany Looking to Snap 2 Game Losing Streak
- Holy Cross Rolls Lafayette 42-0 for 1st Conference Win
- Holy Cross Eyes First Conference Win vs. Lafayette
- Holy Cross Looks for Non-Conference Win Over Bryant
- NEW: Holy Cross Comes Back to Edge Bryant 34-33
- Holy Cross Athletics Has 3rd Highest Graduation Rate in Country
- Holy Cross Basketball Picked to Finish 8th in Patriot League
- Former Holy Cross Star Miller Waived by Celtics
- Holy Cross Shuts Out Albany 37-0
- Holy Cross Football Set to Host New England Rival Brown
- Holy Cross Football Looks For Bounce Back Win Against #10 Fordham
- NEW: Holy Cross Suffers Heartbreaker With 47-41 Loss to #10 Fordham
- Holy Cross Goes for 3rd Straight Win, UMass Returns to Gillette