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November 8, 2013

Daemen set to kick off first D-2 season

Daemen Wildcats set to begin inaugural season as only Western New York Division 2 basketball program

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"We run a lot but we have to try and get it into the big man more because Gerald is such a force. He's going to be up there with the top players in our league," Sheehan said. "Just think he didn't play a whole lot in high school and he's still developing. I'm excited to see what he's going to do."

Davis, NT's all-time leading scorer, has been very productive for the Wildcats when healthy, and Silveri and Miranto hope he is able to stay that way, especially while Johnson is out of action rehabbing an upper body injury.

Tonawanda alum Jesse Lalka, who redshirted last season, and St. Joe's grad Tom Escott will both compete for minutes this year. Sharpshooter Jordan Greene has stepped into a starter's role as Johnson is expected to be out of action for at least the first month of the season. 

Junior transfer Steve Carder will step into the vacated spot left by Jim Regan, who graduated after last season. Carder was the Region III Junior College Player of the Year last season, and Silveri expects him to be more of a factor as the season progresses and he becomes more familiar with the system. Senior Uchechi Ogbonna is also expected to be a big factor off the bench in his second season under Silveri.

Members of the Daemen community, including the basketball team and its coaches, are hoping the secret gets out this season, and local hoops enthusiasts take notice of the Wildcats.

Silveri said people who come out won't be disappointed.

"I think we're fun to watch and anybody that comes to watch us play will walk away saying, 'Boy those guys are fun to watch. They work hard, they play together and for one another.' And they do that," he said.

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