Men's Basketball Picked Eighth in Preseason Poll
ST. PAUL - The MLC men's basketball team was picked to finish eighth in the preseason poll voted on by the coaches around the UMAC.
MLC is hoping that a talented group of incoming players along with a group of experienced veterans can push them out of the bottom half of the standings towards the goal of returning to the UMAC Tournament in the 2012-2013 campaign.
The Knights will once again rely on forward Galen Holzhueter to lead the way offensively. Holzhueter backed up his 2010-2011 UMAC Newcomer of the Year season by leading the league in scoring last season with 18.6 points per game. Holzhueter also led the UMAC in minutes per game (35.5), and finished in the top ten in free throws made, free throw percentage and rebounds per game last season. Joining Holzhueter up front will be seniors Josh Danell and Justin Eternick. Danell provides length and shot blocking ability, while Eternick provides scoring from both inside and outside. Freshman Mark Steinbrenner also provides some depth and length up front.
On the perimeter, the Knights hope an infusion of talented players allows them to get back to playing the style of up-tempo offense and pressure defense they prefer. Point guard Kaleb Buch returns after missing last season due to injury, joining returning wing players Craig Wilke and Ben Edmundson in bringing experience on the floor. Newcomers Luke Rothe, Todd Brassow and Austin Eisenman all could be in the mix for playing time at the guard positions as well, providing scoring punch and athleticism on the outside.Bethany Lutheran finished first in the poll with 48 total points, including six of a possible seven first place votes. Northwestern was second with 44 total points and two first place votes. For the full poll along with team previews for each team in the conference, click on the link below.