MOREHEAD, Ky. -- A large contingent of local and state media were on hand Tuesday for Morehead State Basketball Media Day, held at MSU's Academic-Athletic Center. Media members enjoyed a catered lunch from ARAMARK and then heard from six different individuals who represented the two Eagle programs.
Almesha Jones, Whitney Kyle and Head Coach Tom Hodges were on hand from the women's team, while Milton Chavis, Drew Kelly and Head Coach Sean Woods participated from the men's squad.
The men return six letterwinners and have added 13 newcomers for the 2012-13 campaign. Kelly is Morehead State’s top returning scorer at 10.8 per contest. Chavis averaged 7.9 points and 4.2 rebounds per game last season.
The men, who finished third in the Ohio Valley Conference a year ago, have played in two of the past four NCAA Tournaments. The run includes postseason victories in 2009 and 2011.
"We have a lot of new people in this program, but our chemistry is coming together," Woods said. "I like how hard our young men are working in practice, and we're all very excited about the upcoming season. We have a lot of talent and depth in this program, which should make for an enjoyable year."
The women return nine letterwinners from the 2011-12 campaign. The Eagles finished 10-19 overall, but four losses came in overtime and five more setbacks came by less than 10 points.
Jones reached the 10-point plateau in seven of her final 11 games a year ago and averaged double figures over her last 14 contests. Kyle played a reserve role as a freshman, but is poised for a expanded piece of the scheme in 2012-13.
"There's a lot of optimism in the air, and we're really excited about the upcoming season," Hodges added. "This year is totally different because every player on this roster was recruited by our staff. We don't have any seniors in 2012-13, but I feel like we have some very talented younger players who could make an impact for us."
All men's and women's basketball games will be carried live on the Eagle Sports Network, with WIVY-96.3 FM serving as the flagship station. Games can also be heard free of charge on MSUEagles.com and select mobile devices.
In addition, all home games and OVC road games will be carried live on OVCDigitalNetwork.com. Fans can also follow the two programs on Twitter @MSUAthletics or Facebook by liking the fan page MSUEagles.