By: Darren Woods
On the day the Cascade Collegiate Conference preseason rankings were released, Evergreen's head men's basketball coach Arvin Mosley sat relaxed in his cozy office chair behind his computer. He nonchalantly utters that his team is picked to finish ninth out of ten in the conference. The preseason rankings are voted on by the ten Conference coaches. Clad in a team issued green warm-up outfit Mosley peered over his computer screen with a smirk. It's as if he had a secret. If he did have a secret, he kept it to himself and shrugged the prediction off as exactly what it was......Speculation.
|Head Coach Arvin Mosley|
One thing that is not speculation is that he is returning five his eight players from last year and he has added seven more talented young athletes to the roster. Coach Mosley is able to run 5on5 in practice, something he could not do last season, and he even has the luxury of facilitating substitutions in practice. What a difference one year makes.
Perhaps the biggest change Mosley has seen in the early stages of the season is the overall positive attitude of his team.
"This is a much better group, just the overall mentality the returning guys brought in is better," Mosley said, adding that last year's team struggled to get used to a new coach after the coach that recruited them resigned a year ago.
"[The returners] came to play for [Drinkwine]. It was stressful for the guys, it was stressful for all of us, We're in a much better place emotionally."
The Geoducks return Patrick Lewis, Larry Green and Tyrell Dixon in addition to Mo Tolliver and Mikey Hope.
|(L) Marice Tolliver (R) Rob Edwards|
Tolliver earned All-CCC Honorable Mention recognition last year behind being ranked third in the conference in rebounds and ninth in scoring.
Hope has progressed on the court more than any other player on the court over the offseason and Coach Mosley is excited about the prospect of having the new look Mikey Hope who improved his ball handling and strength over the summer.
Notable new comers on the roster this year are Rob Edwards, Julian Holliday and Mike DeRosier. Edwards is a 6'4" transfer from Lower Columbia College while Mike DeRosier is a sharpshooter who comes to Evergreen via South Puget Sound CC. Julian Holiday is an athletic guard who played his high school basketball at Tacoma's Lincoln High School before starring at Yakima Valley College.
The Geoducks host the annual Alumni game Saturday at 5:30 following the women's game. Former Geoducks expected to play Saturday are Evergreen's all-time scoring leader Nate Menefee, former players Marcus Whittaker, Mike Ward and Nick Moore.