Head coach Chris Casey had his first chance to work with his team in summer workouts, after revamping a roster that once had as many as eight spots open during the early part of his tenure.
“I think you’re always recruiting,” Casey said. “I don’t think it’s ever done. I’m anxious to get on the floor with the guys we have and see what we got. I think they’re a good group and you want to get them on the floor and coach them and see exactly what you have and that’s the point we’re at now.”
The head coach and his staff have been busy since taking over in April and added four players to the roster as late as August when the Purple Eagles officially added transfers Cameron Fowler and Marcus Ware as well as freshmen Wesley Myers and Ramone Snowden to the roster.
Casey and Fowler received good news in August when Fowler’s hardship waiver was accepted by the NCAA. For the redshirt freshman Fowler, a transfer who sat out last season at Iowa State, it will mean four immediate years of eligibility.
“He can get us up and down the floor play both guard spots,” Casey said of Fowler. “His shooting is improving daily. We’re hopeful that he can step right in and give us some minutes right away.”
Meanwhile the Purple Eagles closed in on Ware, who has battled injuries in his four year career at Monmouth, and Casey said that Ware is healthy and ready to go for his fifth-year graduate transfer season.
The Purple Eagles added freshmen Myers and Snowden late, and despite missing summer workouts, both should have an opportunity to contribute for Casey’s team.
“He can score the ball,” Casey said of Myers. “Guys that can score always make you look smart, so we’re looking forward to getting him on the floor and getting him out in transition. I think he scores the ball well especially in transition.”
Also in the late period they added Snowden who racked up 22 double-doubles in his senior season and was named the 18th best prospect in the state of Virginia.
“He’s very versatile in the forward spot for us and can guard different positions,” Casey said. “He’ll be able to play the front court for us, score the ball, guard different positions and do a good job rebounding for us so we’re looking forward to getting him on the floor too.”
For the group he did have on campus for eight weeks of summer workouts, Casey was happy with the work he was able to get out of them.
“I think the basis of anything you do is how hard you work and what your attitude is,” Casey said. “I thought that was terrific with all of them. If your attitude is good and you work hard, you’re going to continue to get better and that certainly was the case with everybody.”
Ryan Restivo covers the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference for Big Apple Buckets. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanarestivo or contact Ryan at rrestivo[at]nycbuckets.com.