Carlton Brundidge, who started his college career at Michigan, is expected to replace Ray McCallum at point guard for Detroit. (Steve Perez / Detroit News)
Detroit— Detroit athletic director Robert Vowels vowed to bring more exposure to the athletic programs at Detroit when he arrived three months ago.
Wednesday, during basketball media day, he made good on that promise.
The men will have 25 of 31 scheduled games on television, and after a two-year absence, at least 12 games will be on radio (97.1 or 1270).
“We’ve got a wider base,” Vowels said “The fact that we will be back on radio is important to our fan base who have expressed their interest. We’ve expanded our partnership with WADL (TV-38) and Comcast, in addition to our ESPN telecasts.
“Our goal is to have one of the best media packages in the Horizon League.”
Exactly how many women’s basketball games will be televised is not known at this time, though a university spokesperson said the Nov. 16 game against Michigan at Calihan Hall remains a possibility.
A new look
As part of his opening statement addressing the 2013-14 season, men’s coach Ray McCallum introduced his new assistantss, Ernie Ziegler, a Detroit Cody graduate and former Central Michigan coach; and Steve Payne, a former assistant at Utah Valley.
It would take a little bit longer for McCallum to introduce his players.
Four starters are gone from a team that reached the NCAA Tournament two years ago and the NIT last season, including his son, Ray McCallum Jr., Nick Minnerath, Doug Anderson and Jason Calliste.
Senior Evan Bruinsma (6-foot-8) and junior Juwan Howard Jr. (6-6) are the only two returning players to have started a Division I game.
Among the new players who will see playing time include redshirt sophomore Carlton Brundidge (Southfield), a Michigan transfer pegged as McCallum’s replacement at the point; 6-8 junior Patrick Onwenu (Southfield) and 6-8 freshman Paris Bass (Birmingham Seaholm).
Seniors Jermaine Lippert (6-8) and Ugochukwu Njoku (6-10), and sophomore Anton Wilson (6-5) all saw limited playing time last year.
“The last few years we’ve been able to climb to the top,” McCallum said. “We lost some good players. So who do we have now? An outstanding program has guys who are ready to produce, and we do.”
Much like the men, coach Autumn Rademacher’s women’s team will have a fresh look.
“We are a team that is really unknown,” Rademacher said. “We’re radically changed. We used to be a pound-it-inside team. We’re more up and down this season, playing with skill and we have more balance.”
Rademacher lost Shareta Brown, who averaged 21 points and nine rebounds as a sophomore, to Wayne State.
Back is sophomore Rosanna Reynolds, who was fifth in the league in assists (four) and will switch from point to shooting guard.