Scott Cross: “Troy basketball is a sleeping giant”

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TROY, Ala. (WDHN) — Scott Cross was formally introduced as Troy University’s new men’s new basketball coach at a reception Thursday.

Cross has a strong resume of rebuilding programs, and he plans to bring the Trojans’ to prominence in not only the Sun Belt Conference but the nation.

In his introductory press conference Thursday afternoon Troy’s new men head basketball coach, Scott Cross said when he toured Trojan Arena, he felt like Troy was a sleeping giant in the Sun Belt Conference.

“They’ve won here in the past,” he said. “We’re going to build upon that, and we’re going to grow it into a winner and hopeful we can get it to the level where, you know, it’s consistent. It’s expected, and it’s just a year-to-year deal, kind of like what some of the other cultures have already done with various sports programs here.”

Cross spent 12 years as the head coach for UT Arlington, winning an average of 19 games a season and taking his players to the postseason five times, and he said that winning starts by making sure the players do all the little things that go into the game.

“I think we need to establish the culture of who we are, you know, being a tough, competitive, selfless basketball team that communicates and takes ownership in everything we do,” he said. “That’s where it starts. So, instilling those values in the guys and just building upon that, I think that’s how we can go it into a winner.”

When it comes to recuiting players, Cross said he wants OKG’s, which stands for ‘our kinda guys.’ 

“It’s just finding blue collar guys that are high production, low ego guys because those are the guys that are going to go above and beyond to do all the little things,” Cross said. “You get four or five of those guys mixed in with the rest of the group, and it becomes contagious.”

Cross said that the first time he stepped foot on campus he felt the ‘One Troy’ spirit right from the beginning.

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