Army Basketball Continue 'Evolution of Success'

On the corner of one of the greaseboards that adorn the walls of the Army coaches' meeting room, head coach Zach Spiker has laid out his plans for the Army basketball program. The "Evolution of Success" written on the wall outlines the process he and the program embarked on four years ago. Starting at "nobody" and ending with "dynasty," the evolution also includes the steps of "upstart," "contender," "winner," and "champion." The fifth-year Army mentor believes they are the right path to continue taking those steps.

Even with all the scoring and three-point shooting success that have highlighted the last four seasons, Spiker believes the key to evolving to the next level is defense.

"Teams that have traditionally won this league and gone to the NCAA Tournament have been near the top in taking care of the basketball, led the league in scoring, been the most consistent defensive team and had a strong rebounding game," Spiker said. "Teams that have success in the Patriot League are near the top, if not the best team, defensively, and we were in the middle of the pack last year. If we're serious about what we're trying to do, we need to make a bigger commitment defensively than we've ever made before."

returning players

Kyle Wilson Kyle Wilson
Patriot League Rookie of the Year. Army's third Patriot League rookie winner and first since Alex Morris in 1993 ... Named to Patriot League All-Rookie Team ... Earned the Patriot League Rookie of the Week honor five times (Nov. 19, Nov. 26, Jan. 7, Jan. 28, Feb. 18). First Army player to win the award five times since David Aardayfio earned six certificates in 1990-91. Was the first Black Knight since J.P. Spatola in 2000-01 to win it consecutive weeks ... First Army rookie to score at least 20 points in three consecutive games since Mark Lueking in 1992-93 ... Ranked third on the Army freshman scoring list with 403 points. Army's highest-scoring plebe since Kenny Schwarz in 1982-83 (408).

Josh Herbeck Josh Herbeck
Seventh on the Army career three-pointers made ledger (151) ... Tied for fourth on Army's career three-point field goal percentage list (.393) ... Made more three-pointers (113) than any other Army player in their first two seasons ... Ranked sixth on Army single-season list with 75 three-pointers in 2011-12.

Larry Toomey Larry Toomey
Played in all 31 games, starting 16 times ... Averaged 6.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per game ... Tallied nine double-digit scoring games ... Averaged 12.0 points in Army's two Patriot League Tournament games ... Made his collegiate debut versus Air Force ... Scored five points and grabbed four rebounds in the win over VMI.

Dylan Cox Dylan Cox
Only Army player to start all 31 games ... Averaged 5.8 points and led the team with 5.0 rebounds ... Dished out 100 assists to become the first plebe to reach that mark since Randy Cozzens (111) in 1981-82 ... Led the team and Patriot League freshmen with 5.0 rebounds per game. Ranked 11th overall. Finished tied for 11th overall and led Patriot League rookies with 4.9 boards per game during conference play ... Led Patriot League freshmen and tied for seventh overall with 1.7 offensive rebounds per game.


2012-13 stats

Team Statistics
SCORING 2,245 2,112
Points per game 72.4 68.1
Scoring margin +4.3 -
FIELD GOALS-ATT 767-1,723 729-1,751
Field goal pct .445 .416
3-POINT FG-ATT 250-675 216-615
3-point FG pct .370 .351
3-pt FG made per game 8.1 7.0
FREE THROWS-ATT 461-628 438-643
Free throw pct .734 .681
F-Throws made per game 14.9 14.1
REBOUNDS 1,133 1,043
Rebounds per game 36.5 33.6
Rebounding margin +2.9 -
ASSISTS 442 394
Assists per game 14.3 12.7
Turnovers per game 14.1 12.8
Turnover margin -1.3 -
Assist/turnover ratio 1.0 1.0
STEALS 160 208
Steals per game 5.2 6.7
BLOCKS 99 106
Blocks per game 3.2 3.4
ATTENDANCE 16,894 39,883
Home games-Avg/Game 13-1,300 16-2,370
Neutral site-Avg/Game - 2-979