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Albrecht Re-tools Men's Squad for New Season

November 01, 2012

Enis Mehmedovic  
Enis Mehmedovic is one of only two returning players available to
the Archers for the 2012-13 season.

With more than 30 years of experience coaching at a junior college, Randy Albrecht has learned to temper his enthusiasm early.

But never has a preseason yielded as many challenges and as much uncertainty as the 2012-13 campaign is offering.

A year ago, Albrecht’s team was coming off a national tournament bid, and still had standout holdovers in forward Ryun Davis and guard Toraino Hellums. But with those two graduated, as well as Darryn Anderson, who will play this winter at Lindenwood University-Belleville, the Archers are in short supply of returning veterans. Sophomore forward Charley Mueller (Lindbergh), who served in a valuable role as the team’s sixth man last season, will miss the entire season with a torn ACL.

With those losses, the remaining returners for STLCC are sophomores Enis Mehmedovic (Bayless) and Lance Seiler (Leopold), both of whom saw sporadic playing time in their freshman seasons.

What the Archers will lack in experience they will attempt to make up for in numbers. The Archers brought in seven freshmen, and added five sophomore transfers. How playing time will be divided among those players, however, remains to be seen. And with so many changes taking place this season, establishing roles within the team will take time.

Lance Seiler  
Sophomore Lance Seiler saw limited duty for
the Archers a season ago, and is part of a
largely untested squad for 2012-13.

“We’ve had these kinds of situations before, but we are a bit behind right now,” Albrecht said. “Last year, I could tell you that I was going to need Toraino and Ryun to score, and they did. It’s a lot easier when you know that beforehand, but that’s where we are. Right now we just need to find the five that can play well together.”

Albrecht has re-tooled his roster with a number of players who had success at the high school ranks, but have not played collegiately. He  does not hesitate to note the uniqueness of his team’s situation this winter.

“Every player here has a story,” Albrecht said. “From Brandon Hannah, who played with Bradley Beal (of the NBA’s Washington Wizards) at Chaminade, he was a center on the state championship team as a sophomore. He was a football player and hasn’t played basketball for three years. Joe Reed, the first home schooled kid we’ve had, never played high school ball. Will Clark (Summit), in his fourth year out of high school, went to three different schools. There are just a bunch of stories like that on this team.”

While his roster may be unorthodox, what the Archers may lack in collegiate experience they make up for in size and athleticism. In stark contrast to the guard-heavy roster of a year ago, the Archers have brought in six new forwards. Clark, a 6-9 sophomore, and Reed, a 6-6 freshman, headline that group.

Though every year brings its own unique set of challenges, STLCC would seem to be well equipped to remain competitive with Albrecht at the helm. With Hellems and Davis the lone certainties from a year ago, Albrecht and assistant coaches Ken Libby and Al Yanko guided the Archers to a 23-win season and the Region XVI title game.

The Archers open their season tonight, as they host Missouri Baptist University’s junior varsity at STLCC-Forest Park. Game time is 7:30 p.m.