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Seton Hill men's basketball team prepares for physical PSAC

| Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, 8:55 p.m.
Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review
Seton Hill University men's basketball coach Tony Morocco speaks to his team during practice on October 16, 2013.
Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review
Members of the Seton Hill University men's basketball team react while watching a drill during practice on October 16, 2013.
Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review
Seton Hill University's Nate Perry is guarded by Magic Harris during a practice drill on October 16, 2013.

Veteran Seton Hill coach Tony Morocco has seen it all during a coaching career that has stretched across the country.

That's why he's excited about the new change in conferences for his program.

Seton Hill moved from the run-and-gun style of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference to the more physical, defensive-oriented Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

“The PSAC is a much higher prestigious conference,” Morocco said. “There are really some quality teams, and we're moving into a national ranked and creditable conference.

“From top to bottom, all are quality universities and on even keel when it comes to recruiting. It's a much better all-around conference.”

And Morocco is confident his team will be able to compete against the teams in the PSAC.

“This team can run, we have a good shooting team and we have good balance,” Morocco said. “We have five seniors who understand what we're doing. Depth is a concern.

“Everyone says the PSAC is similar to the Big East. We played a number of teams in the past. The WVIAC played more baseline to baseline. They were very active and an athletic group of people from top to bottom. The PSAC makes you defend in the half-court. You'll see a little pressing and much more physical. The defense is going to test you.”

Morocco will count on forwards Malachi Leonard and Max Kenyi to handle the front-court. He said how fast the new players — freshmen Noah Davis and Skylar Jones — come along with determine what the team can run on offense and defense.

“We have good guards in David Windsor, Oliver McGlade, Nate Perry and Kameron Taylor,” Morocco said. “All four have gained a lot of experience. I feel confident with the back court. Our guards are going to be strong.”

Seton Hill don't have an exhibition game scheduled this season. But it does have a scrimmage scheduled with Carnegie Mellon. The season tips off Nov. 9 with a home game against Pitt-Greensburg.

Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

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