2012-13 MISL Season Preview
Friday, November 2, 2012
Head Coach: LeBaron Hollimon
2011-12 Regular Season: 8-16
2012 Playoffs: N/A
The Lowdown: The Wings returned to the MISL to packed houses at Hartman Arena, but in a tough Central Division were unable to match the Milwaukee Wave and Missouri Comets. Wichita has gone about trying to rectify that gap this offseason, with a number of new faces giving the Wings, on paper, a side that will be a very tough opponent throughout this season.
Key Departures: The Wings have seen very little talent depart in the offseason, with their top six scorers all returning. Big target forward Alargie Jobe showed some promise, as did defender Brian Cushing as they both scored 15 points, while Tijani Ayegbusi is now with expansion side the Chicago Soul.
Key Returnees: Leading scorer Jamar Beasley returns to the Wings after a 59-point season, as do Bryan Perez and Victor Quiroz after both made positive contributions to the side throughout the season. Kevin Ten Eyck will also try to build on a strong rookie season, while Sanaldo Carvalho will try to improve on his 12.08 goals-against average of a season ago.
Key Additions: The Wings made the biggest splash in the offseason by acquiring league MVP Geison from their rival the Missouri Comets. Looking to add some punch to an offense that scored just 10.9 points per game last season, the Wings also signed former Rochester Lancers forward Andrew Hoxie and Norfolk’s Miguel Ferrer, who finished second in the league with seven 3-pointers a season ago.
Coach’s View: “We feel like we’ve assembled a team where we can go into any game expecting to win. That’s just the mentality we’ve got within the squad, now, we expect to win because of the players we have. Now, it’s going to be an important first month for us so we can find our way collectively, because that’s going to be critical. It does you no good to have all these players in if we can’t figure out a way to play together, so that’s why the first part of the season is going to be critical for us, to find that way to play together.” – LeBaron Hollimon