Mike Anderson will take advantage of a new NCAA rule that allows coaches to spend eight weeks with their players..for two hours a week.
He's hoping the extra time, will result in a bid into the NCAA tournament.
Mike Anderson is preaching, consistency this offseason, as every player on next season's roster, with the expection of incoming freshman, Nick Babb is in Fayetteville for summer workouts. Anderson says its a great time for his team to build chemistry, all while getting stronger and faster.
"The thing I'm proud of right now is that our guys are all here, on campus right now. Working,. weight room, the individual workouts that we perform and they play their pick up games. So, they're all just getting in tuned to on another. And that's so big. It was big last year and I think it's going to be even bigger this year." says Mike Anderson
Six of the top seven returning scorers from last season, will return. Highly touted transfer, Keaton Miles, will see the court this season, after sitting out last year. Add into the mix...the newcomers. Along with Babb, a pair of point guards and another big man, to which Anderson hopes this unit will take the men's program to even greater heights.
"Having that core coming back, that's something to build on. We think we've added so pieces that will help our basketball team and hopefully help us climb that next level." says Anderson
With the improved roster, Anderson hopes his they can handle the tougher, non-conference schedule that awaits them from the outset.
"That's where we want to be a team at, come out of the gates from the start and the middle and finish. And our schedule will be as such that it will demand that. We've got to come out strong. We've had the opportunity to take our show on the road, now we want to take it even more and have more success on the road." says Anderson