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Bear hoops have been busy

Oct. 19, 2000



Picked to finish 11th in the Big 12 Conference in the preseason poll, the Baylor men's basketball team is getting ready to begin its 2000-2001 season.

With a week of practices under its belt, the team has been focusing on drills and getting to know each other better in the off-season.

This will be the team's second year under the leadership of head Coach Dave Bliss. Bliss came to Baylor last year from the University of New Mexico and helped the team to tie for eighth place in the Big 12 after the Bears went 0-16 in 1998-1999.

'I think that last year our main emphasis was just to keep the ship afloat,' Bliss said. 'This year we have turned some things around, and we're moving in a new direction.'

Bliss said the entire team was at Baylor this summer taking classes, and that the team did about the best they could possibly do as far as preparation for the season is concerned. He added that the team played together a lot during the summer.

Baylor has recruited several new players to support its rebuilding project. Five of the 13 Bears are veterans, leaving eight newcomers, of which only six are eligible players.

Junior guard Chad Elsey will become eligible at Baylor on Dec. 16. He transferred from Southern Methodist University last year.

Also sitting out because of NCAA transfer policy will be senior guard Kevin Henry.

Baylor will have to start the season without junior forward Greg Davis, who is out with a dislocated left shoulder. Davis suffered the injury when he collided with sophomore forward R.T. Guinn.

Davis was expected to challenge for the starting power forward position, but now just wants to return in time for Big 12 play.

With Davis out, more playing time is expected from freshman forward Logan Kosmalski and sophomore centers John Flippen and Steve Othoro.

Bliss said he expects this year's team to be much more competitive in the conference.

Bliss also said this team has a little more experience and a better understanding of what to do in specific game situations.

Overall, he expects better decisions and fewer turnovers.

'Each year begins with a new burst of hope,' he said.