The countdown draws near as the Drexel Dragons’ season opener is only days away. The CAA Media Day votes last week projected Drexel to finish 8th in the conference with no All-Conference players. Head coach, James “Bruiser” Flint had this to say.
At CAA media day. Picked 8th no all conf players. We got some work to do. Let's go do it. Go Dragons!!!!!
— Bruiser Flint (@ducoachflint) October 27, 2015
Flint, the longest-tenured coach in the CAA, will begin his 15th season as the head coach of the Drexel Dragons. Flint enters the 2015-16 season with a career record of 325-264 and has established Drexel as one of the top programs in the league since his arrival on campus in 2001.
Of course people are going to pick against Drexel. After all, they finished 11-19 overall last season and went 9-9 in conference play. Also, the loss of leading scorer Damion Lee, who transferred to Louisville, leaves a large hole to fill for the rest of the roster.
As quoted from “The Bruiser Flint Show”, Flint stated that “[Last season was] the most challenging season I ever had as a coach… We finished .500 in the conference but it was a struggle to get to .500”
With regards to scoring and Damion Lee, Flint said “Last year honestly, [ Lee] was all we had. From an offensive standpoint, It was pretty much him and four other freshman.
Last season was riddled with injuries and many guys on the roster who weren’t expected to play big minutes got to play significant minutes. At one point, the Dragons only had seven available players.
Flint joked “We couldn’t even do like a stand-up when the guys are getting announced. Everybody was sitting down and the coaches had to get into a line”
But a new year brings a new chapter and a new opportunity for the Drexel Dragons. This year’s roster will have more depth and optionality within the Flint’s offensive system. The return of Kazembe Abif and Major Canady, who both missed all of last season due to injury, will be a key part in bringing back consistency within the roster.
The tough season last year helped shape the team for the better as last year’s Freshman had to step up and learn real quick. There are only two guys who have yet to play a lot: freshman guard Terrell Allen and red-shirt sophomore Ahmad Fields.
Freshman guard Terrell Allen has impressed during his short tenure at Drexel, and Flint has been talking highly of him and his potential, telling Stephen Pianovich of City Of Basketball Love.com
“He’s got a really good feel for what he’s doing out there as a young player…The kid is a great passer, and the guys love playing with him because he gets them the ball.”
With Terrell Allen’s progression at the point guard position, there has been talks about Rashann London playing as the off-guard, where he can look to score more and be a bigger contributor for the Dragons.
But most importantly, Flint emphasized one word: Health. If the team can stay healthy, they will surprise some people, steal some wins, and have more options to strategize.
The Dragons will begin their season this Friday, November 13th, 2015 against inner-city rival Saint Joseph’s.