Niagara Gazette


April 22, 2013

NU introduces Casey as new men's basketball coach


Niagara Gazette — Casey met his new team for the first time this week and came away impressed.

"They're an outstanding bunch of guys," he said. "When I stepped in that room to meet them, you could just feel how much they care and how much they love Niagara basketball ... and that's exciting because when you have guys that care and it's important to them, that's your foundation."

With the vast majority of the roster returning, most of the turnover will come from the new coach. Mason said Casey's style is comparable to Mihalich's.

"Of course there's going to be a little change," Mason said. "But I think it's going to be mostly the same. He lets his players make plays, play free, push the ball, and that's a lot of what we did last year.

"Everybody has to make adjustments, not just the players or the coach. Everybody has to contribute for the greater good."

Casey touched on some housekeeping issues at the introduction. He said he's been in touch with Jamall Robinson, who committed to NU under Mihalich. He has meetings set up with the families of Robinson and Scooter Gillette, who played only seven games as a senior and is looking for a medical redshirt. He also said he'd like to play a challenging non-league schedule.

Follow Gazette sports reporter Mike Meiler on Twitter @mikemeiler for updates on your local teams.

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