Despite losing coach Jeff Theiler and 7-foot center Josh Crawford, The Oxnard College men's basketball team doesn't look like missing a beat.
Assistant coach Jason Cunningham has taken the reins and isn't missing a beat. A stellar sophomore group revolves around point guard Jonathan Johnson and shooting guard Ryan McLucas.
"Jon John(son) has slimmed down and improved his jump shot," said Cunningham. We want to get more out of him defensively."
The Condors already get plenty out of McLucas defensively.
"He allows us to come into every game with the belief that we can win," said Cunningham. "He changes every game with the ability to defend the other team's best player."
High-scoring forward Bernard Burrell, who missed nearly all of last season with a back injury, is ready to go.
"For us, it' s a blessing," said Cunningham. "His leadership helps everyone else on the floor. When he's on the floor the ball never stagnates."
Stepping in for Crawford is 6-foot-11 center Matt Dewaal, who is already getting Division I recruiting interest.
"Matt is obviously an X-factor of a guy," said Cunningham. "If he can be a presence for us and rebound, we can be a very good team.
"We have a very powerful four guys there."