Men's basketball pulls off the best turnaround in the country

March 26, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - From the darkness of a one-win season came a light for the Jacksonville men's basketball program.

That light grew bright this season as the Dolphins went 15-14 and completed the best turnaround in the country.

"While we are happy with having the best turnaround in the country this season, we know there is still a lot of work to be done for this team to reach its goals," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "We aren't resting on our laurels - we are working right now on getting better each day, whether it be in player development, recruiting or scheduling. We are trying to give the young men in our program every chance to be successful next season."

The Dolphins turnaround was sparked in part by a 12-1 record at home - the best home record posted by JU since the early 1990s.

Another key to JU's turnaround was the play of the freshman class. Four freshmen saw time in the starting lineup at some point during the season and all five made significant contributions.

But the key piece was senior Jesse Kimbrough, whose leadership and experience was leaned upon heavily as the season went along.

"The freshmen improved as the season went along and learned from each game as a new experience," Warren said. "But our success this year was a complete team effort. Everyone on the team had to do their role, and do it well, for us to win."

Team 2005-06 2006-07 Change
Jacksonville 1-26 15-14 13
Washington State 11-17 25-7 12
Oregon 14-18 26-8 11
Vermont 13-17 25-7 11
Purdue 9-19 21-11 10
Appalachian State 12-16 22-7 9.5
Southern Miss 7-21 16-11 9.5
Niagara 11-18 22-11 9