Sun Belt: Nuttin' But Fun at Ark. State

By Jean Neuberger - October 24, 2006

As dean of the men's coaches in the Sun Belt, Dickey Nutt strode across the Mardi Gras Ballroom with ease, striking up conversations wherever he went, and drawing laughs with everyone as well. The energetic Nutt is ready to begin another season in Jonesboro, and feels he's got a great season ahead of him.

"I feel good," Nutt said. "We had one of our best recruiting years this year. I love the overall character and chemistry of this team. When you have chemistry this good, it makes for better teams."

ASU will rely on the senior leadership of Isaac Wells.

"Isaac is one of the hardest workers that I've ever been around," said Nutt. "You want your best players to have the hardest work ethic, and the fact that Isaac does really helps our team. We want him to be a complete player on and off the court. He's really versatile; strong, big, and has a great basketball mind."

The Indians are focusing this year on fixing their interior problems from last year.

"We've got a lot of questions on the inside," said Nutt. "We've got a whole bunch of new players who will help us inside. They have size, but they have no experience playing Division I basketball. Experience is the best way to make them better."

Arkansas State is motivated by the success last year of George Mason.

"George Mason, Bradley, those teams really motivated us," Nutt said. "We feel we're just as good as those two teams, and that we can make that run as well. We set our goals this yaer, and there's no reason we can't be the next Cinderella team if we play to the best of our ability."

Certainly that will keep the eyes of the basketball world fixed on Jonesboro.

Posted by Jean Neuberger at 07:39 PM on October 24, 2006

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