Khaliq Hughes gets fancy in the air with that 40-plus inch vertical
Coach Moore is confident is his run and gun system
Redshirt freshman guard Michael Green will be a key player
The golden Rams do plenty of conditioning to fit their style
Albany state was predicted to finish last in the SIAC East
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
Coach Michael Moore says fans won't be able to find their seat when they watch the "Runnin' gunnin' Rams" this year.
Albany State finished 9-19 (5-13 in the SIAC) last season.
With a full off-season of recruiting and implementing his system, Michael Moore is sure he has the weapons he needs to prove the SIAC preseason polls wrong.
The Golden Rams are predicted to finish last in the East, but coach Moore is confident in his players who fit his scheme.
"I went out and got some guards that can basically handle the basketball, said Moore who has coached basketball for 30 years. "Shoot the three point shot and get up and down the floor."
Michael Green red-shirted his freshman year. The former Westover guard said he and the players love the sense of freedom.
"It actually feels good to know that we can just run up and down the court," said Green who is an Albany native. "Feels like we really free playing. But also we free playing with a system, so it gives us an advantage over other teams."
That advantage begins in the practices which consist of running, running and more running.
"Everybody likes to run, everybody likes the highlight plays, everybody likes to win," said Green the combo guard.
You're going to see high scoring," promised coach Moore. "A lot of dunking a lot of three-point shooting, and it is going to be fan-friendly. I wouldn't be surprised if you see scores around 115, 110."
Khaliq Hughes transferred from South Carolina state. He has a 40-plus vertical leap and is not afraid to use it.
"I bring defense and explosiveness for a point guard, said the high flyer. "Everybody say I can jump pretty good, and I'm looking for my teammates to score first."
He's not the only one. Moore said the players love the team motto.
"'Coach we can actually shoot the ball freely?' I said yes," Moore recalls. "Every shot open is every shot made."
On the "Runnin' Gunnin' Rams" it doesn't matter what position you play. It matters where you are comfortable on the floor.
"He lets you play your style of basketball, said Hughes. "If you can post up and you're a guard, you can post up and you're a guard."
The Golden Rams plan to compete for an SIAC title this season. Their first home game is November 24th against Valdosta State.