Preston wants to build KSU hoops the right way

By Doug Roberson The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 2:44 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2011 New Kennesaw…

Georgia (May 4, 2011)By Doug Roberson


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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

2:44 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2011

New Kennesaw State basketball coach Lewis Preston is focused on bringing more integrity to the Owls program. He said he wants recruits with character, assistant coaches with good work ethics and the players he has inherited to understand that his plan for success doesn't come with shortcuts.

There is work to do, which started when Preston officially showed up for his first day on Monday.

The program is coming off an 8-23 season and expects the NCAA later this summer to take away scholarships and practice time for the 2011-12 season because of the team's poor academic performance.

The circumstances don't intimidate Preston. He points to his father, who worked three jobs, including a 40-hour-per-week occupation as a crane operator in a steel mill in Virginia, as evidence that he's also not one to shy away from challenges.

"There's nothing as humbling as working in a steel mill or cleaning offices to make you understand the value of what you want out of life," he said.

Click here for the AJC's Q&A with Lewis Preston.


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