The 5 foot 11 Zajac will run the point. He averaged 10.8 points and 3.6 assists last season and shot Under Armour High Tops For Girls 43 percent from 3 point range. The 6 foot 6 Martin averaged 7.3 points and a team high 6.2 rebounds and led the league with 38 blocks. After two seasons with RPI's junior varsity team, the 6 foot 3 Farley was a nice story for the Engineers last season as he pitched in 8.6 ppg.
"We know we will have to be better defensively this season and I think we will be now that we have familiarity with the system and understand its nuances," Griffin said. "We are still going to give up a high number of points because of the nature of the scheme, but this year we are a bit taller and more athletic overall and that should help us. Our biggest problem last year was giving teams second and third chances.
turnovers per contest, but on the other hand they finished near the bottom of the league in rebounding and opponents shot a league high .518 against them.
9 Liberty League, 10 14 overall) finished a disappointing sixth in the Liberty League. The Engineers surrendered a whopping 94.2 ppg, which was 18.4 points more than any other team in the league.
that is capable of playing with anybody in our league. If our young guys develop as consistent options alongside our upperclassmen then we can do some nice things this season."
A consistent lack of defensive stops was the most prominent reason RPI (7 Under Armour Curry 2 High
"We instituted a style of play last year called the Grinnell System, which is a run and gun attack with quick possessions, constant pressure defense and lots of substitutions to keep the guys on the floor as fresh as possible," Griffin said. "We had some great moments with it and we also had some growing pains."
RPI head coach Mike Griffin, who is about to begin his 29th season at the helm, attributes his team's defensive struggles last season to its fast paced style of play, but he also recognizes the Engineers need to make substantial defensive improvements to realize any postseason aspirations. today against Rose Hulnan Institute of Technology in the All Engineers Classic in Milwaukee, Wisc.
The graduation loss of last year's top scorer Matthew Pooley (18.4 ppg) will surely be noticed, but Griffin likes the mix of newcomers and veterans he has assembled. Seniors Jamie Zajac, Daniel Martin and Brendan Farley are the team's top proven commodities and will serve as captains.
RPI needs to be better on the defensive end
The Grinnell System which originated at Division III Grinnell College in Iowa calls for the extensive use of a full court press to dictate tempo and create turnovers. The Engineers led the Liberty League in steals per game last season (12.17) and forced a league high 22.8 Under Armour Clutchfit Drive 2 On Feet
TROY The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute men's basketball team averaged a robust 90.4 points per game during the 2011 12 season, which was 15 points more than any other team in the Liberty League. That was the good news. The other end of the court, however, proved to be a significant problem for the Engineers.
"I really expect those guys to provide some great leadership for this team and they should also be quite productive for us," Griffin said.
Hobart College, coming off a 23 6 season and an NCAA Tournament berth, is the overwhelming favorite in the Liberty League this season. Union, which has four returning starters from last season's 16 9 team, is also expected to make a run at the league title. RPI figures to be in the mix with Skidmore, Clarkson and St. Lawrence at a notch below Hobart and Union. The top four teams advance to the league tournament for a shot at going to the NCAAs.
"Getting in the top four and playing for a shot at representing our league in the NCAA Tournament is always our goal," said Griffin, whose team most recently went to the NCAA Tournament in 2009. "We think we have a good group this season Under Armour Micro G Toxic Six
"We've brought in some guys who give us length, athleticism and some good overall skills," Griffin said. "They're young, so I have to remain patient with them, but there is a lot of potential there."
"We substitute regularly so we can play at a frenetic pace the whole game and the idea is that it wears your opponent down later in games, but we have to secure rebounds so we don't have to work extra possessions on the defensive end."
A newcomer to keep an eye on is 6 foot 5 freshman Tyler Gendron, who was named Mr. Basketball in New Hampshire as a high school senior. Griffin also has high expectations for 6 foot 2 guard Ghedalia Gold Pastor and 6 foot 6 forward Brian Hatcher, whose father played for Griffin at RPI in the mid 1980s.
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