By Austin Gillespie, MC Sports Information Intern
Coach Raul Placeres will be leading the Scots onto the court for the first time as the head coach during a scrimmage at Middle Tennessee State University on Tuesday, November 5th.
Coach Placeres began his collegiate career at Keystone Junior College where he led the squad to Elite 8 and Sweet Sixteen finishes his freshman and sophomore years. Upon transferring to Maryville College, he would play under Randy Lambert where he would lead the Scots to a Sweet Sixteen finish his junior year.
In his two years at Maryville College, Raul earned consecutive All-Great South Athletic Conference accolades. Throughout his collegiate career he was a record-breaking court leader finishing with 1,100 points and 600 assists over four seasons.
Coach Placeres joined Randy Lambert to help coach the Scots for the first time in the 20011-12 season after having coached Gatlinburg Pittman High School for five years developing GP to be one of the best high school programs in the state.
The Scots sole senior this season, Joshua Brooks, will be looking to lead MC to another USA South Athletic Conference and NCAA Tournament appearance.
When asked about how Joshua Brooks has settled into a leading role, Coach Placeres said he "wouldn't trade him for the world because of his ability to teach the game to these young kids. It's basically like we have another coach on staff. He can teach, he can correct, he has an authoritative voice which is really important because the guys respect him."
Brooks has accumulated 534 career points averaging 8.1 points per game while dishing out a career 136 assists.
The Scots will also be looking to younger talent including sophomore Nicholas Clifton. Clifton started in 15 games for MC last season averaging 17 minutes a game.
The solid post player displayed his incredible ability in the paint as he grabbed almost six rebounds a game with a total of 127 rebounds. In addition to his rebounding ability, he averaged 1.2 blocks per game ending with a total of 27 while averaging 4.5 points per game and shooting over 63% from the floor.
The duo of Brooks and Clifton will serve as captains as they begin the 2019-20 campaign at Middle Tennessee State University.
A dozen Scots will don the orange and garnet for the first time as Coach Placeres looks to get some collegiate experience for his younger contributors during the MTSU scrimmage.
Maryville will challenge the Blue Raiders, an NCAA Division I member of the Conference USA, with a noon tipoff in Murfreesboro. Fans can watch the event at http://conferenceusa.com/watch/default.aspx?Live=9629&path=middle_tennessee while LIVE STATS can bee seen at https://goblueraiders.com/sidearmstats/mbball/summary