Coach Lebo Participates In C-USA Teleconference
Nov. 10, 2010
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Conference USA held its annual preseason coaches teleconference Wednesday with each of the league's 12 head coaches participating. Below are East Carolina Head Coach Jeff Lebo's comments from his question and answer session.
What are some of the goals you have set for this first season?
"We've got an experienced group of players back, including four seniors that have been through the wars and have high expectations for this team. Our kids have been working awfully hard are excited about the start of the season on Friday."
What do Brock Young's leadership and skills bring to the team?
"He brings so much to the table with his ability to score and his ability to pass. He's got speed and quickness which also makes him hard to trap. He can also find people and if we can get somebody else to go with him that can shoot the ball consistently from the perimeter, he'll be able to get them some shots.
"We just want to get him back healthy. It's been very frustrating for him to not be healthy at the start of the season, but he's worked awfully hard in his rehab. Hopefully we will see the benefits of that in the next few weeks."
Who are some of the players that have stepped up in Brock's absence and could be a surprise this season?
"I've been really impressed with Corvonn Gaines. He's gotten a lot of reps at the point guard position with Brock being out. Corvonn is much different that Brock because he's bigger. I've been impressed with his ability to pick up things quickly. He doesn't turn the ball over and has run our team very well. He didn't play much at all last season until the end of the year. I think he may have had hard time making the adjustment from high school to college, but it started to kick in for him toward the end of the year and has carried over into this season. He's playing with a lot of confidence and understands what we expect at the point guard position."
Having played college basketball at North Carolina and understanding what the sport means in that state, how does that help infuse excitement into your program?
What were your observations about this conference before coming to East Carolina?