LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - McNeese Men’s Basketball will soon be opening their 2020 season, but with all the Hurricanes Southwest Louisiana has suffered, pre-season practices are being held in Lafayette, and even with all of the uncertainty this season will bring, Cowboy head coach Heath Schroyer remains excited.
“This is the deepest team that we have had here in my third year, which is should be in year three,” McNeese head basketball coach, Heath Schroyer said. "I think we can go 9-10 deep. "
Heath Schroyer took over the reins of the Cowboy program in 2018 and his goal was to rebuild from the ground up. Fast forward two years and he’s done exactly that. From just nine wins in his first season to nearly doubling that win total last season.
Thanks to the improvement, the Pokes made the Southland Conference Tournament for the first time in four seasons. Schroyer believes it’s now time to shift the focus to the big dance.
“Well this is year three and we need to take the next step and compete for a championship. I don’t shy away from that. That is what we are here to do. Pandemic. 50% fans or 100% fans. Whatever it is There will be a league champion this year. there will be an NCAA tournament this year. So, it’s our job to compete for a championship and an NCAA bid,” said Schroyer.
While McNeese lost a pair of significant contributors this offseason in Roydell Brown and Sha’Markus Kennedy, the Cowboys are confident in their transfer additions that add real.
“We have a lot of versatility. The two new bigs that we got KeyShawn (Feazell) and Carlos (Rosario) have been phenomenal. Obviously, Evan (Palmquist) and Colin (Warren) sat out last year now they are eligible and when you bring in Ra’Shawn Langston the transfer for LA Tech and put them all with Dru and AJ, we have a lot of depth,” Schroyer admitted.
In addition to the newcomers, McNeese will also rely on Dru Kuxhausen again after he led the country with 125 made three-pointers. This season he hopes to be more than just a three-point specialist.
“I want to be more comfortable with the ball in my hands. Not being so one dimensional," McNeese guard Dru Kuxhausen said. "But I need to be able to do other things like put the ball on the ground.”
This McNeese team is on a mission to win a championship as the Cowboys' 2020-2021 schedule will be announced sometime this week.