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Name: Tanner Kellogg #34
Strengths on Basketball Court: Rebounding and shooting
Favorite Basketball Memory: Setting my school's rebounding record for a single season.
Basketball Idol: Kobe Bryant
Why Southwestern: Coach Holmes gave me the opportunity to do what I love to do which is basketball.
Name: Dustin Lyden #24
From: Mount Ayr
Strengths on Basketball Court: Recognizing what is happening on the court and adjusting to it, and then overall defense
Basketball Idol: Kevin Durant
Why Southwestern: Coach Holmes presented me with the opportunity to play at Southwestern for him, and there was no way that I was turning down an opportunity to play basketball again.
Name: Xaavier Ortiz #31
From: Puerto Rico
Strengths on Basketball Court: Physical condition to run the court and good vision on the court, ball handling.
Favorite Basketball Memory: My high school team was down by two points with five seconds left. I made a three-point shot and layup to win the championship game. I got the MVP award.
Basketball Idol: Kobe Bryant
Why Southwestern: It gave me the opportunity to play basketball and study what I want.
The Southwestern men’s basketball team announced today it would hold its annual media day on Wednesday, October 9, at 3 p.m. in the Student Center gymnasium. The media will speak with players and coaches about the upcoming campaign for the Spartans, as well as attend practice following photos and interviews. Southwestern welcomes nine new players on the roster this season.
A familiar face to Southwestern basketball will be on the sidelines this season as David Farmer (#33) returns to the program in the role of assistant coach. Farmer played for Southwestern from 2009-11, and will now bring his knowledge of the systems to a young Spartan team looking to build upon the success of last season. Farmer experienced some success of his own. In his sophomore season, the Spartans charged out of the gate to a 9-0 mark and #14 national ranking. Head Coach Mike Holmes said, “David represents the qualities we are trying to instill in our student-athletes. He was tremendous in the classroom, a gentleman on campus, and a player who really only cared about the success of the team.” Farmer will also serve as the coordinator of West Hall on campus. After Southwestern, Farmer continued his education at Peru State College and Northwest Missouri State University.
While the 2012-13 campaign will be memorable for a finish in the top half of the tough Iowa Community College Athletic Conference, Southwestern set the all-time record for lowest defensive average for the second time in three years. The previous mark of 63.1 points per game was set by the 2010-11 team. This year, the defense allowed a stingy 57.9 points per game. In addition, Delby Halcomb finished his career with 29 charges taken, also a Spartan record.