By George Thompson
For The Daily Item
SELINSGROVE -- Coming off a year in which the team finished below .500 and failed to make the Landmark Conference playoffs, the Susquehanna men's basketball squad will turn to a mixture of veterans and newcomers to get back on the right track.
The Cruaders' roster features four seniors -- guards Mike Perillo and Jake Eskin, forwards Wally Rutecki and Harley Sellinger -- who will all play key roles this year.
"This is a really good senior class. There as good of a group of leaders and character people as I think I've had in a long, long time -- as long as I can remember," coach Frank Marcinek said.
"They're counted on real heavily for leadership and they will all be significant contributors on the floor as well," he added.
Also returning for the Crusaders is sophomore guard Brandon Hedley, who was named the Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year last season. Hedley averaged 14.2 points per game as a freshman, and Marcinek said he is going to be a key player.
Marcinek said he is looking for Hedley to become more of a complete player this season, a player that is effective on both the offensive and defensive ends.
"I want Brandon to be a complete player. Brandon's success at Susquehanna will not be measured in points scored or honors won but rather in championships won. He needs to do whatever it takes to win and that might mean playing really, really well defensively. It's kind of tough to be the leading scorer and also the stopper defensively, but we're going to need him to do that at times," Marcinek said.
Fellow sophomore Josh Miller also saw significant time last year as a starter playing guard/forward, averaging 7.6 points per game and 2.9 rebounds per game.