Men’s Hoops Preview: Winona State

The Eisner era begins in Winona

New Head Coach Todd Eisner’s first crack at the NSIC will come alongside a talented back court composed of junior guards Riley Bambenek (12 ppg in 2014) and Isiah Gray (14 ppg in 2014).

Possibly the most intriguing weapon at Eisner’s disposal is 6-foot-8 junior forward Kyle Bowman. After averaging 8 points per game as a sophomore, Bowman is out to a fast start this fall, tallying 39 points through two exhibition contests.

“Kyle is a very talented young man with the ability to play in the post as well as step out and shoot it,” Eisner said. “His play along with getting Isiah Gray up to speed after he missed all of the fall is key for our team.”

While Gray continues to come back from injury, the offense is under the direction of Bambenek in terms of guard scoring late in games. The new responsibility has the former G-E-T standout ready to make another leap this fall.

“We are just having fun right now,” Bambenek said. “The last couple seasons, things were not clicking and now coach Eisner has us playing with much more freedom which is great.”

Guard Tim Wagner, the team’s third-leading scorer last season, is the only departure of note for the Warriors.

Winona State opens NSIC play against Upper Iowa on Nov. 28.  

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