The Detroit Titan basketball teams held their annual "Media Day" function at Calihan Hall Tuesday. The event allowed the local media an opportunity to interview Titan coaches and athletes and get on the floor with the players to take photography and video.
The resounding theme of the day was an excitement for what 2010-11 has in store for both the men's and women's programs at UDM. Hard to argue with that sentiment as both squads are coming off resurgent seasons and are reloaded for another run this year.
Women's Basketball (17-14 overall, 14-4 Horizon League last year) notes:
*Head Coach Autumn Rademacher-- who is the reigning HL Coach of the Year-- addressed the crowd and spoke about her team and the outlook for the '10-11 campaign. Yar Shayok is the leading returner in scoring (11.8 ppg) and rebounding (9.7 rpg) as she earned the League's Newcomer of the Year award. She will be looked upon to provide leadership for the program going forward.
Men's Basketball (20-14 overall, 9-9 HL last year) notes:
*Head Coach Ray McCallum spoke about the excitement building for his program after a 13-game turnaround last season. The Titans will open their regular season slate by opening "The Pit"-- the newly-refurbished home for the New Mexico Lobos. It seats 13,000 and is one of the finer facilities and programs in college basketball. Coach continued by mentioning the schedule continuing with trips to Syracuse and Mississippi State (all before Thanksgiving). That schedule should certainly help the Titans as they attempt to qualify for the NCAA tournament.
*The new uniforms are in for the Titans and they look sharp. The home whites were on display Tuesday, complete with a few new sewn-on features. The uniforms include last names adorning the back while a "KB" patch is on the front right of the jersey. The patch is in memory of Kathy Bush, who lost her battle with pancreatic cancer this summer. Bush, an associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Education, was a supporter of the Titan program and provided students with guidance and inspiration.
A photo gallery of the day's action can be found here.