South Carolina Warriors to have handful of returners, newcomers in Year 3

dwetzel@thesunnews.comSeptember 28, 2013 

Former CCU standout Jon Pack (left) is one of a handful of players who are returning to play for coach John Kefalas (right) and the South Carolina Warriors this season.

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The South Carolina Warriors will have several familiar faces heading into Year 3.

Coach John Kefalas also expects to have some new ones.

With around 15 players auditioning in front of Kefalas, assistant Alan Schilling and former Coastal Carolina women’s coach Alan LeForce, a close friend of Kefalas, there were some promising prospects.

“It was a good showing,” said Kefalas, entering his second year as head coach and third overall with the ABA squad. “There were three or four guys who looked pretty good. A couple of them played against us last year.”

Kefalas said he expects former CCU standout Jon Pack, Georgetown native Brendon Knox, Kellen Brand and Don Hughes to return. The coach said Shaq Johnson, who is playing overseas, likely will rejoin the team in November and former Chanticleer Mario Edwards is also likely to don a Warriors jersey again.

Kefalas raved about some players who worked out Saturday, but didn’t want to name names until the roster becomes official.

“We’re looking pretty good,” Kefalas said of the team’s potential makeup at this point. “I get phone calls every day from coaches I know around the country. I only want to carry so many guys. You’ve got to be true to the guys who play for you.”

With a core coming back, Kefalas is confident he’ll have leaders in place.

“They’re great young men,” he said of the returners.

The Warriors made it to the league’s Final Four for the second straight season and are seeking more success in Year 3.

“They want to win,” Kefalas said.

Contact DAVID WETZEL at 626-0295.

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