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Matador Minute with Men's Basketball Head Coach Bobby Braswell
 
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July 21, 2011

With the start of the school year just a few weeks away, the CSUN media relations staff sat down with CSUN men's basketball head coach Bobby Braswell to talk about the upcoming season, renovations in The Matadome and the continued evolution of college basketball.

The 2011-12 season represents Braswell's 16th at the helm of the Matador program. A quick glance at his roster shows a team laden with underclassmen, but also rife with experience and success at many levels of college basketball.

Can you talk about this year's group of freshman?

Allan Guei: "Allan is a jet-quick and pass-first point guard. He has the ability to control the game and is an exceptional defender. He has long arms and is an ultra competitive guy. He's hungry. He wants to be the best point guard in the league and is one player who works on his game endlessly in the gym."

Stuart Wesonga: "Stuart is an athletic 4-5 with a long wingspan and a non-stop motor. He is very active on the glass and a consistent threat on the offensive end inside of 10 feet. He's a hard worker who pushes himself past his comfort zone, which means he will get better every day."

Davon Potts: "Davon is a true combo guard. He is an outstanding scorer and was the CIF Player of the Year. He's a tough, competitive kid who seems to come up with the key play, whether it's a rebound or a steal, when his team needs it most. He has a good midrange game and can also knock down the 3-pointer."

Stephan Hicks: "Stephan sat out last year, so he enters the season as a redshirt freshman. He is an exciting player who has a lot of athletic ability. Sitting out last year has made him extremely hungry about stepping out onto the floor this season. He's a slasher and a finisher who can knock down the open 3."

Steven Maxwell: "Steven is a big, strong perimeter player. He is a great athlete who finishes well in transition. He is also a good offensive rebounder and for his position on the court, that is a critical part of our system. Steven is also very defensive minded and will be called on to be a stopper for our team. He really has a chance to be a special player down the road."

What progress have you seen from the team's two seniors, Vinnie McGhee and John Hayward-Mayhew?

"We are expecting a great season from both of them. Vinnie has improved every year since he's been here and we expect him to be a leader for this program both on and off the court. He can be a devastating perimeter shooter and has been working on his point guard duties throughout the summer."

"John continues to improve his strength and conditioning. He has been working hard to come out strong for his senior season and we expect a big year from him. He's a hard worker and has a great attitude about getting better. With the loss of our four seniors, we really need John and Vinnie to step as leaders for this group. I think they are up to it."

Although this team does not have a junior on the roster, it has plenty of sophomores. The venerable Al Maguire once said, "the best thing about freshmen is that they become sophomores." What can you tell us about the team's crop of second-year players?

Aqeel Quinn: "Aqeel has had a great spring and summer. He has dedicated himself to getting in the best possible shape. He is still growing and every time I see him I swear he's grown another inch or two. He is one of the players who has stepped up and assumed a leadership role due to his tremendous work ethic. He is still scratching the surface of how good he can and will be for us. He has tremendous upside. "

Josh Greene: "Josh is a worker. He's getting off tons of shots every day and has done a great job in the weight room as well. We are expecting big strides from Josh. He must continue to improve defensively and become a guy that we can depend on as a perimeter stopper."

Frankie Eteuati: "The biggest thing for Franke is just him getting bigger and stronger. With that, his confidence will explode and he will have a great career for the Matadors. Having a year under his belt was crucial for him."

Thomas Jacobs: "I'd say that Thomas has become one of the best players in the weight room this spring and summer. He has added roughly 20 pounds and that will only make him a better rebounder and interior player on both ends of the court."

Jordan Mitchell: "Jordan continues to get stronger and that will help his efforts on the glass. He's a great kid who plays with intensity and a consistent motor. He's a learner and a hard worker. He's always looking for ways to improve. His best years are ahead of him."

What are your thoughts on the renovations going on in The Matadome?

"I think they are great. It definitely will improve the aesthetics of the building and make it a lot more appealing to recruits and our fans."

Can you talk about your staff?

"I am extremely blessed to have a great staff. These guys are in the office every day grinding it out. They all fit perfectly together and we enjoy ourselves in the office and in working with our players. This is a special group all the way around. I am blessed."

CSUN men's basketball head coach Bobby Braswell enters his 16th season with the Matadors.

CSUN men's basketball head coach Bobby Braswell enters his 16th season with the Matadors.