When Travis DeCuire was hired as the new Montana basketball coach, it brought a familiar face back to Missoula, as DeCuire was a standout point guard for the Griz in the early 90's, which has helped make the transition plenty easy.
"It's been great because everyone has had open arms. For me it's not much to adjust to because for me it's basketball 24/7, so for me to get up and go to work, it's a lot more exciting when you have the opportunity to lead a program. The staff I've put together has gotten me excited about our potential," says DeCuire
While the players admitted to being disappointed after hearing about Wayne Tinkle's departure, now that the new staff is in place, they are all excited for the future.
"It's always nice to get a new experience once in awhile, so with him coming in it was like a fresh new perspective, a different way of looking at the game, and I think everyone has really responded well to his style of play and coaching, and I think everyone is excited to keep moving forward," says senior guard Jordan Gregory.
"Everyone is positive, I think the staff has approached it the right way in terms of giving guys positive feedback and positive information. So now that the guys know we are all here to help them and we want them to be successful, they're obviously going to be more willing to listen and learn from us. We're not changing too many concepts so it's not like they are starting from scratch, but we've got some new faces as well who have to learn. It's been a very positive thing for me to see, and the guys have been very responsive," adds DeCuire.
Now, with a handful of new faces, as the organized practices slow down, it will be up to the senior leaders to make sure the team comes together off the court.
"It's good. We're still getting to know everybody, guys just got in this week, so we're still meeting everybody and getting to know how everyone is. That's one of the great things about the summer, with only one class we have a lot of time to get to know everyone and hangout and learn people's personalities," says Gregory.