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EDITOR'S NOTE: Junior forward Chris Eversley, Cal Poly's leading returning scorer at 8.2 points per game, checks in July 20 with the latest entry from the Cal Poly men's basketball program's summer journal series. After transferring from Rice and redshirting the 2010-11 season, Eversley exploded for the Mustangs this past year with 13 double-digit scoring games during Cal Poly's final 18 contests. A Chicago native, Eversley started eight of Cal Poly's final 12 games a year ago, shot 45.0 percent from the floor and averaged 4.8 rebounds per contests.
Overall, Cal Poly is expected to return two starters and six letterwinners from last year's squad that reached the Big West Conference Tournament semifinals and won 18 games – the second-highest total during the program's Division I tenure. One of the NCAA's top defensive programs during the previous two years, Cal Poly finished the 2011-12 season ranked sixth nationally in opponent rebounds per game (29.1) and 24th in opponent points per game (60.5).
July 20, 2012
On behalf of the men's basketball program, I want to thank you for your continued support – even into the offseason. We've spent the past few months working hard to improve ourselves in the classroom and on the court. Even during the spring quarter, our returning players and some graduating seniors continued to work out and prepare for next year.
We don't consider basketball to be a seasonal sport by any means. We understand that we must work every day to become the best team that we can be. When the summer quarter started, the freshmen players arrived on campus ready to step in and become integral parts of the program. The new NCAA rule that allows us to practice a limited amount of hours per week has helped tremendously. It gives the freshmen and returning players the chance to get accustomed to the type of basketball we play at Cal Poly. The biggest strength that all of the new guys bring to our team is their unique sets of skills. Everyone has found their own way to contribute to our success. This is exciting not only for the upcoming season, but for the future of our program.
Our coaching staff has done a great job of bringing in great players and even better people. Our strength and conditioning coach, Dave Wood, has been pushing us harder than ever in the weight room and the work has paid dividends. It has been a long journey, but I wouldn't want to be anywhere else right now except within the walls of Mott Gym preparing with my team. Our concentration and work ethic at the moment reminds me of what it's like to be in the middle of the season.
Personally, I'm beyond anxious to put on my jersey and see each of you in November. Until then, just know that we are working diligently together toward our goal of success.
Chris Eversley (a.k.a. CE)