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EDINBURG - UTRGV has six new players on its roster this season. Three freshman and three transfers. Head coach Lew hill expects the newcomers to step in and help improve his team. One of the guys coach hill is excited about is junior Terry Wynn.
He's a six foot six forward who last played at UTEP as a freshmen; making the Conference USA all-freshman team and led the miners in rebounding.
“He's what we're missing,” says Hill. “He's the tough guy. He's the tough guy. He's the glue, he's the rebounder. He's the force. That's what we need. Every basketball team needs one."
"For sure, I want to lead the team in rebounding,” says Wynn. “Lead the conference in rebounding. Bring a lot of energy to the defense. The offensive stuff will take care of itself."
Wynn will not be able to take the court until the second semester.
One transfer player who will be available right away is 7-foot, 1-inch Australian center Johnny Crnogorac.
“He just needs to get stronger and protect the rim,” adds Hill. “When he's open for three, we want him to shoot the ball. He's a really good 3-point shooter, a really good 17-foot shooter. But most of all, he's got to rebound and protect the basket."
"He just wants me to be aggressive,” says Crnogorac. “To rebound and cover everyone's mistakes defensively in the paint. I just got to clean up the board and finish strong."
After only winning ten games last year, other newcomers sense a renewed focus on this year's team.
"I can tell he's taking it a little bit more, nit-picky with everything we do,” says freshmen guard Greg Bowie. “Defensive wise we're trying be to more consistent. Offensively we need to be more consistent to win more games."
The Vaqueros tip off the season November 10th when they host Nicholls State.