In the midst of the season's color change and the home stretch for football, it's hoop season officially unveiling the 2014-15 Griz and Lady Griz teams.
I'm looking forward to the unveiling of a new regime on the men's side and the Lady Griz Wednesday at the Adams Center.
The Griz men under the tutelage of rookie head coach Travis DeCuire take the floor for the Annual Silver-Maroon scrimmage at 5:30 p.m. followed by Robin Selvig's Lady Griz.
For the men the scrimmage is in advance of the initial; exhibition game next Monday (Nov. 3) against Whitworth College.
There are a lot of new pieces for the Grizzlies who finished tied for the runner-up spot in the Big Sky Conference last season and compiled a 17-13 record in Wayne Tinkle's final season at the helm.
The group is headed by a single starter, guard Jordan Gregory, who was last season's third leading scorer at just south of a 14-point clip.
Sophomore point guard Mario Dunn and senior wing Mike Weisner also saw considerable floor time last year starting about half of the team's contests.
The Grizzlies season came to an early end in the first round of the league tournament falling to Portland State as Weber State claimed the tournament title and subsequent NCAA automatic bid.
A quartet of other lettermen return along with University of Washington transfer Martin Bruenig who had to sit out last season due to NCAA transfer rules.
But Bruenig caused plenty of challenges for his teammates as he battled them hard on the practice floor and is expected to make an immediate impact this season while also returning are sophomore guard Riley Bradshaw, Brandon Gfeller, Chris Kemp and Jack Lopez.
Thus far DeCuire has been impressed with Gfeller's shooting. He had streaks last season but connected on just 17 of 53 (32 percent) from long range on a team led in three-point range by Weisner who connected on almost 47 percent from outside the arc.
DeCuire also looks for JC transfer Jermaine Edwards Jr. to have an immediate impact