AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - Hoops is on the horizon. UMass basketball coach DerekKellogg is welcoming 7 new players to his team this season. Kellogg begins his 2nd season as head coach of his alma mater witha wealth of talent, but a lack of experience.
Five freshman and two transfers make up half the team, whichwill be led by the Minutemen's lone senior, Ricky Harris.
Kellogg's team has gotten more athletic, but also lessexperienced. This may turn into a rebuilding year for theMinutemen, but they will be playing with a chip on their shouldersafter being picked 9th in the Atlantic Ten preseasonpoll.
"We kind of felt a little disrespected, everyday we have that inthe back of our minds", says guard Anthony Gurley. "We wantto go out an prove them and the rest of the country wrong."
Big-man Sean Carter, a transfer from Oregon State adds, "Itdoesn't bother me, but it motivates me. We're young, we haveto prove ourselves."
UMass opens its season on November 13th at Central Florida.