Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Jeff Goodman of ESPN on New Coaches Who Could Succeed Right Away (HINT: Chris Jans)

That's right....Chris Jans is #3 on this list, right behind Frank Haith and Cuonzo Martin, which is not bad company to be in.  Here's what he said...

3. Chris Jans, Bowling Green Falcons

He was Gregg Marshall’s right-hand man the past few years at Wichita and on the surface it looked like a rebuilding job taking over for Louis Orr at Bowling Green. The Falcons won just a dozen games last season, but they return four starters -- including a potential player of the year in 6-foot-8 senior forward Richaun Holmes (13.3 PPG, 7.7 RPG). They also bring back redshirt junior guard Chauncey Orr (Louis' kid), who played in only one game last year due to a knee injury suffered in the season opener. Jans also added junior college guard Jovan Austin, and while I’m not sure they can take down Toledo for the league crown, don’t be shocked to see Bowling Green fighting for the MAC East title.
This is an interesting analysis.  I'm not sure I would have gone that far with it, but one thing is for sure...given the traditional powers in the East, even fighting for the title in late February would be an accomplishment for the program and a first-year Head Coach.  We don't know how good the JUCO players will turn out to be, especially in the middle.  Anyway, if you soured on men's basketball at BG, I do think there is something interesting to follow.  Look forward to seeing how this turns out.

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