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Prohm back after record year
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On November 13, 2012 @ 4:00 pm In All,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Scott M Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports
USA TODAY Sports caught up with Murray State coach Steve Prohm for its weekly Mid-Major Coach’s Diary.
Murray State’s Steve Prohm knows it will never happen again, but truth be told, he didn’t think it’d happen in the first place.
In his first year as a head coach, Prohm’s Murray State squad started the season 23-0, stepping into the national spotlight and into the top 25 for most of the year. This season, he loses three starters that combined for 33.2 points a game from that team that finished 31-2, but he brings back one crucial piece: All-American and NBA-bound point guard Isaiah Canaan.
Prohm on the chances of starting the season with 23 consecutive wins again and replicating a 31-2 year:
“(Laughs) It’s not going to happen, let’s just get that out there. But you know, last year at this time, I didn’t think that was possible either. Look, we’ve lost three starters, I don’t want our players to feel any added pressure. But that buzz (from last season) still resonates with the community.”
Prohm on preseason All-American Isaiah Canaan returning. Is he the best point guard in the country?
“You bet. I wouldn’t trade him for anyone. What he’s done for me, this program in the last three years is incredible. When he leaves here, he’ll be remembered for more than 100-plus wins and hopefully four Ohio Valley championships. Is he the best? Tell me who’s better.”
Prohm on the right recipe of non-conference scheduling for mid-majors
“Our philosophy is to be aggressive in the non-conference season to get the quality wins that can help you in March in case you don’t win your league. That’s the first goal, to win the conference, but we know how important playing good team is. That’s why we’re playing in the Charleston Classic (vs. Auburn), we’re playing other strong mid-majors like Dayton, Valparaiso, Old Dominion, Evansville and Western Kentucky.”
Prohm on an under-the-radar mid-major we should know about:
“Belmont is new to our (Ohio Valley) league this year. They won 27 games last year. The 1-2 punch of Kerron Johnson and Ian Clark is one of the best backcourts in … [For more on Mid-Major Coach's Diary: Prohm back after record year, click here.]
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