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New beginnings brings high hopes for men’s basketball team

Anthony Gorges
Student Sports Media

After going 16-14 during the 2018-19 season, the Butler Grizzlies men’s basketball team will have a new look all the way across this season. Leading the Grizzlies this year is first year Head Coach Kyle Fisher.

Fisher has had plenty of playing and coaching experience before his arrival at Butler. He played his collegiate basketball at Washburn University and after graduating, he was a graduate assistant coach for their program. Immediately, his coaching career took off. He was an assistant coach at Southwestern Community College in Iowa for two seasons before taking another assistant position with Eastern Arizona for two seasons as well. For the last seven years, Fisher has been the associate head coach at Coffeyville Community College, who like Butler, competes in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC).

“It’s a long few months for the guys,” Fisher said. “Starting back in September when we do pre-season conditioning along with weights and small groups workouts.”

On this season’s roster for the Grizzlies, there are six Kansas players. However, Fisher believes it is still a little too early to tell who the new standouts will be this season.

Only two players return from last year’s team, Kamron Brice and Juwan White.

“Brice and White will be a major part of things moving forward as they are playing really well right now,” Fisher said.

A number of new team members have been added to the roster and it is uncertain who will be some of the top players, but because of all the depth at all positions, any given player could go off on any given night.

Butler has competed in three jamborees this off-season and the coaching staff is very pleased with how the Grizzlies are playing at this point.

“It makes no difference if we win or lose these preseason scrimmages, as long as we play hard, defend and rebound,” Fisher said. “The non-conference will help us prepare for the Jayhawk Conference, which is undeniably the best conference in the country.It doesn’t matter when, where or how. You’re going to play a really good team that’s well coached with good talent.”

To start off the 2019-20 season, the Grizzlies open their season at home on Saturday, Nov. 2 against the Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes JV team. Then, the Grizzlies are on the road to Council Bluffs, Iowa to take on the Iowa Western Community College Reivers.

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