You're going to see a boatload of turnovers early in the season from this IPFW men's basketball team. All head coach Tony Jasick is asking for is some patience to endure.
With the loss of Trey McCorkle, John Peckinpaugh, Jason Smeathers and a deliberate point guard in Jonny Marlin, who left for Indiana University, the Mastodons are going to be considerably faster this year. And sometimes, that's not always good.
Faster means in a hurry, and in a hurry translates into not taking care of the basketball.
Senior wing man Frank Gaines will again be the focal point of the offense, since he averaged 21 points last season. But look for 6-8 center/forward Mario Hines to be more of a defensive factor this year.
Mario Hines is a slender, quick shot-blocker who will allow IPFW to play a more aggressive man-to-man defense. With him on the back line, IPFW can take more chances by getting hands into the passing lanes.
This won't be a pretty team early on. When you lose four starters, that's often the case. But this team should be more entertaining than last year's.