‘Finding the right mix’
Is key for men’s b-ball
Purdue Calumet men’s basketball coach Dan Voudrie knows the final piece to a championship puzzle can well be the hardest piece to find.
“We are always looking for the one guy who can make the picture complete,” the 4th-year Peregrine coach said. “We have a lot of players who have talent, and now it’s a matter of finding the right mix to put on the floor. I know this much: we like what we have on our roster.”
The Peregrines have shown steady improvement under Voudrie, including an 11-17 overall and 5-9 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Division II records during 2010-11. Finding replacements for the graduating Michael Patton and Neal Hudson will be one of Voudrie’s primary objectives.
Six-four junior guard Andrew Anderson (Gary) is poised to take on more responsibilities after averaging 11.5 points a game last season, leading his team in assists (80) and contributing nearly five rebounds a contest while earning all-conference second team honors.
Also back with double figure scoring credentials is 6-2 junior guard Kedric Williams (Bloomington, Ill., 10 ppg). Other key veteran returnees include 6-6 sophomore forward Brandon Bradford (Gary) and 6-5 junior front liner Trent Tucker (Versailles).
“We have a lot of players roughly the same height, which means we can use them in multiple roles,” Voudrie said.
Voudrie added that the conference race appears to be wide open, with the Peregrines, who begin their season Nov. 4-5 by hosting their own Tip-Off Classic, hoping to be in the hunt.
(Stories written by local sports journalist Kerry Mitchell, Purdue Calumet Sports Information Director Jordon Bruner and the Office of University Relations…)
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