WESTERN ILLINOIS FIGHTING LEATHERNECKS
ON THE WEB
Garret Covington, 2013-14 Summit League Newcomer of the Year, is the league's leading returning scorer with 14.6 ppg.
- The Leathernecks feature a tandem of sophomore guard in Covington and Jabari Sandifer that combined to account for 38 percent of the team's scoring a year ago.
- Western Illinois has led The Summit League in scoring defense each of the past five seasons.
- First-year head coach Billy Wright spent five seasons as an assistant coach under Jim Molinari at Western Illinois before serving as an assistant at Ball State last season.
BLUE RIBBON COLLEGE BASKETBALL YEARBOOK
Analysis Excerpts: [Billy] Wright's hiring gives Western Illinois a more youthful look, but his teams won't vary too much from the ones that he and [Jim] Molinari coached together for five years. This year depends on how quickly the seven newcomers grasp what matters in Macomb.
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