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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.
Dylan Tucker, a senior from Lewis-Palmer High School in Monument, CO, represents the third newcomer from the Rocky Mountain state in this year's Spartan basketball class. Tucker, who has played on AAU teams with fellow Southwestern signee Nick Lenhard, has plenty of high school success on his resume. Boasting a 58-4 combined high school record, Tucker competed on three league championship teams, as well as two state championship squads. Tucker was an all-conference performer in his senior season, and will fill a vital role for the Spartans during their upcoming campaign.
"I have every confidence that Dylan will be a new guy who picks things up quickly," Head Coach Mike Holmes said. "We seemed to talk a lot of the same language during the recruiting process, and that goes farther here than in most programs. With 10 new faces, we have to have guys like Dylan do what I think they are capable of doing."