By Rodney McKissic
Preseason annual magazines haven’t been kind to St. Bonaventure with many picking the Bonnies to finish in the basement of the 13-team Atlantic 10. Mark Schmidt’s response: What else is new?
“It’s typical, it’s always been like that,” the Bonnies coach said. “We’re not going to get the respect and we understand that and we’re not going to worry about the polls. All the magazine and media stuff is for the media, it’s for the alumni to sell magazines. We don’t go into game against someone who was picked eighth and say, ‘Oh my God, they’re picked eighth, we’re going to lose.’ The game is played between the lines.”
Besides, they still have players who played complimentary roles on the 2012 A-10 Tournament championship team like guards Matthew Wright, Charlon Kloof, Jordan Gathers and center Youssou Ndoye. Also, sixth-year senior Marquise Simmons suffered a season-ending Achilles tear that year.
“We have a number of guys who have been there, they weren’t man guys, they were role players,” Schmidt said. “Those role players have to become go-to guys and that’s going to be the challenge for this year. But they’ve been there and you can’t beat experience.”