Boschee has high expectations for MSSU this season

HC Jeff Boschee is looking for his players to step up their game

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Missouri Southern Lions return to the court for the 2021 season hungry for success.

“We didn’t really prove ourselves last year, so we have a chip on our shoulder this year for sure,” says senior guard Stan Scott.

Missouri Southern finished the season 13-10 last year. This year, the Lions are without three-time all-American Cam Martin. Martin transferred to Kansas for his final season.

“Nobody is going to be Cam Martin, and we have to understand that we’re a totally different team than last year,” says head coach Jeff Boschee. “Everybody has to do a little bit more than what they did last year. Guys that were in role positions last year like RJ Smith and Christian Bundy have to step it up a little bit more and be more of a focal point on the offensive end and scoring the ball.”

The Lions return eight players including four starters.

“To be able to have guys that played meaningful minutes last year back in that core is big for us,” Boschee says.

“We have a lot of experience and a good connection playing with each other now, so we’re just looking forward to leading the younger guys,” Scott says.

MSSU also has six newcomers and three transfers from Division I programs.

“Alex Jones is a true point guard and somebody that’s going to find guys on the perimeter and has the ability to break down the defense. Odell Wilson is a big fellow from North Dakota State and Ndongo Ndaw. They’re two bigs inside give us some added size and presence inside. They can do some things defensively and hopefully help out on the offensive end as well.”

The Lions were picked to finish fourth in the MIAA preseason poll.

“It’s probably the most athletic team that I’ve had since I’ve been here,” Boschee says.

“We have a lot of talent, but like I said we just have to learn to play together and put all the pieces together,” Scott says.

“We don’t have an easy schedule by any means, but you come to play college basketball and as a competitor I want to play against the best teams.”

Missouri Southern is set to open their season against Upper Iowa in Kansas City on Friday afternoon.