Falcon coach Orr looking forward to 2013-14 season (04-24-13)
Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 11:01
Louis Orr is looking forward to his seventh season as head coach of the Bowling Green State University men's basketball team.
|File photo. Louis Orr. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Orr is concentrating on getting the Falcons ready, rather than the fact he is in the final year of his contract. In his first six years with the Falcons, Orr is 89-101 overall and 48-48 in the Mid-American Conference.
''It's my job to be a good steward of the opportunity that I have; that doesn't change,'' Orr said.
''Whatever coaching I do or changes I make will be for the betterment of the team .. I owe it to these guys, our guys.''
There were four seniors from the 2012-13 team, 13-19 overall and 7-9 in the Mid-American Conference, who will not return including leading scorers A'uston Calhoun (15.1 points per game) and Jordon Crawford (15 ppg).
Last season, Calhoun and Crawford combined to take 871 of BG's 1,795 shots from the field (48.5 percent).
Orr is not looking for one or two players to fill the scoring void, but is hoping to distribute the shot attempts and spread the wealth.
''Everybody that's returning has the ability to score,'' Orr said. ''There's not a guy on our team that can't get double figures and be efficient.
''How things balance out, that's something that will grow as the season goes on,'' Orr continued. ''It's up to me to put them in positions where we can have that balance.''
Two players who will be juniors next season - Chauncey Orr, the coach's son, and Richaun Holmes, are the top returning scorers at 7.5 and 6.5 points per game, respectively.
Seniors on the roster next season are Cameron Black and Craig Sealey.
Chauncey Orr started 31 games last season and Black started 29.
Also in the junior class are Anthony Henderson, Jehvon Clarke and Damarkeo Lyse, a walk-on who has been on the team the last two seasons.
In the sophomore class are Spencer Parker and transfer Josh Gomez, who sat out last season.
''He can score the ball; he's got a good touch,'' coach Orr said about the 6-foot-10 Gomez, who played one season at Iona before transferring to Bowling Green.
Incoming freshmen are: Zach Denny, a 6-2 guard who was the top scorer in Ohio this past season; J.D. Tisdale, a 6-5 guard; and Garret Mayleben, a 6-9 forward.
''We have a chance to have different looks,'' coach Orr said. ''We have a versatile team. We have guys who could play a couple of positions; we can put some different lineups on the court which is a good thing.
''As a staff, we agree we need to do some different things,'' coach Orr added. ''You may want to do it, and then the next step is, we just have got to figure out how you are going to teach it.
''Sometimes you won't know until you get them on the court.''
To replace Calhoun, the Falcons could use Holmes, Sealey or Gomez. Clarke and Tisdale are possibilities to play the point in place of Crawford, with Clarke having the edge right now with his two years of experience.
Coach Orr said with the large junior class, it's time for that group to take over some of the leadership of the team.
''You don't take anything for granted, you let them know that it's their time,'' coach Orr said. ''But they have to want it ... Every player we have coming back has a lot more to contribute and that's a good thing.
''None of them have reached their peak. They have got a big upside, all of this group. To me, that's the exciting part of it and that's the challenge. You have guys who have not played their best games yet,'' coach Orr added. ''They have a great opportunity to grow.''
Coach Orr also said defense will remain important, and he was pleased that the team was able to play man-to-man defense last season.
The Falcons still have two scholarships that could be used for next season.
''You want to bring in somebody who can help and have a physical presence,'' coach Orr said.
Bowling Green is expected to play a 31-game schedule, including an 18-game MAC slate.
The non-league schedule has not been finalized, but Bowling Green is expected to play at Wright State and Morehead State, and have home games with North Dakota and South Florida next season.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 11:07