Team preview: Manhattan
Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2004-05 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.
Basketball isn't just a game of Xs and Os to Bobby Gonzalez. It's also a serious question-and-answer session.
"Everyone goes into the season with question marks," said Gonzalez, who in August signed a contract extension to stay at Manhattan through the 2009-10 season. "We have the most questions and the most unanswered questions that we've had in two or three years."
After posting a 16-2 regular season conference record and winning its second straight MAAC Tournament in 2003-04, 12th-seeded Manhattan opened the NCAA Tournament with a 75-60 win over Florida and pushed Wake Forest to the limit before finally dropping an 84-80 decision.
But that, as they say, was then. This is now and the current Jaspers lose three senior starters from their 25-win team, including two-time MAAC Player of the Year Luis Flores. Flores (24.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.9 spg) graduated as Manhattan's all-time leading scorer after scoring 2,046 points in three seasons and was the No. 5 scorer in the country. He was selected with the 55th pick in the NBA draft in June.