All in the family
After transferring two years ago, Regan looks to find his place as a Bull
Published: Friday, November 9, 2012
Updated: Friday, November 9, 2012 01:11
“Without a doubt, not just the team now, but former players, this whole thing that coach ’Spoon has set up here is sort of just a big family nowadays,” Will said.
He is looking to complement junior forward Javon McCrea – who won MAC Freshman of the Year two seasons ago and first team all-MAC honors as a sophomore – this year.
“[McCrea] is going to attract special defenses sometimes because he is so strong and so big,” Will said. “I want to be able to complement that with my jump shot and my ability to spread the defense out.”
Asked if he will be seen beyond the arc this season, he replied without hesitation: “Oh yeah.”
Although Will brings a new dynamic to a team that lost four seniors after last year, it’s not going to be an easy road; he’ll be replacing none other than MAC Player of the Year Mitchell Watt, who is currently playing in Israel.
“There’s certain things you just can’t replace,” Will said. “His ability to block shots, we’re two different players. It’s not just what we’re going to be missing, but we have four other really good post players who have developed through his experience. We’re going to grow this year from what we have learned from him. And, overall, I think we will fill in fine.”
The Bulls have a lot of talent left on the team, but most pre-season polls had them finishing either fourth or fifth in the MAC East – a prediction most of the players on the team felt was disrespectful, according to Will.
“I think last year we were picked fourth or fifth,” Will said. “And it shows you a couple things: how competitive the MAC East is and that the polls don’t mean s**t. For example, some people picked the Bills to make the playoffs this year. It’s not what you do at the beginning of the season. It’s what you do at the end.”
Regan begins a new chapter of his life as he steps foot on the court in his hometown for the first time since 2010 on Saturday. His family will be watching.