MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2008
Countdown to Tipoff: 5 Days
It is now officially game week and tipoff of the 2008-09 season is just five days away as the Dolphins will host Florida State on Saturday in the most anticipated season opener in quite awhile for JU.

This is a busy week around the campus and head coach Cliff Warren will be out and about this week making appearances. Coach Warren will be at Dick’s Sporting Goods in the Town Center signing autographs on Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m.

There will also be a pep rally on Friday night at the Baseball Grounds in conjunction the multiple sclerosis pairings party kickoff, which starts at 6 p.m.

All of that leads into today’s position preview – the centers.

Patrolling the paint for his fourth and final season will be Marcus Allen.

After becoming a star during his freshman season amid a one-win season, Allen has developed into one of the top post players in the A-Sun and enters his final season just eight points shy of becoming the 24th player in JU history to record 1,000 career points.

While putting his name in the record books in scoring will be nice, Allen also has a chance at putting his name on the all-time rebounds list as well after leading the Dolphins in rebounding the past two seasons.

“As a senior, Marcus is one of our leaders,” Warren said. “He has to be a leader on and off the court because he will set the tone for our guys by his example.”

Backing him up his sophomore Szymon Lukasiak and freshman Will Alston.

Standing at 6-foot-10, Lukasiak’s physical presence on the floor is noticeable when he comes off the bench. He showed signs of promise throughout the season and has made strides in the offseason to become a more consistent performer.

“Szymon has done a much better job in getting into better physical condition, which should help him this year,” Warren said. “He was plagued by injuries and early foul trouble and should help contribute right away as he brings as a physical presence that we desperately need in the post.”

Alston also brings a physical presence from Laurel, Md., standing 6-foot-7 with an ability to muscle his way around the post.

“Will is another guy who brings a physical presence for us,” Warren said. “He is such a workhorse with a lot of potential to help this team.”