As Coach Bishop sees it, a big part of the Spires success this year is owed to the team's solid core of seniors.
"We returned five seniors, and we had Matt Heydman transfer in for one year," Coach Bishop said. Those players "were going to be a big part this year… all five of them played significant roles."
"We had not just a group of seniors returning, we had a great group of seniors returning that were a big part of last year’s success getting to the national tournament and were basically a big part of us getting back to the tournament this year." The Spires seniors were:
Four of the Spires six seniors, along with junior guard Shiron Williams.
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JEB Greenberg, a guard
from Leavenworth, Kan.
"I told JEB after this season that as of now, he’s the best four-year player to ever come through this program. He’ll leave here as the second all-time leading scoreer. He was named an All-American last year, and he’s been great for us," Bishop said.
Chip Schneider, a forward
from Tribune, Kan.
"Chip played half a year last year for us after transferring from Bethel. He had a really good senior year, and was named third team All-Conference for us."
Kevin Harvey, a guard
from Athens, Texas
"Kevin has been absolutely fantastic," Coach Bishop said. "He was newcomer of the year last year, and was a second team All-Conference player for us this year. Really, Kevin is what I call the heart and soul of this team. He’s a guy that everybody looks to; he’s a guy who everybody rallies around."
, a center
from Columbia, S.C.
"Marc McGory is a kid who’s been with us four years," Coach Bishop said. "Marc didn't play much his first two seasons, but "he played quite a bit as a junior and got better. He's one of those success stories. His senior year, he started every game and he developed into being a really solid kid for us in the paint. And I couldn’t be more happy with him and what he brought to the table for us. He stuck with it four years, and then really his senior year he had probably his best year."
, a guard
from Holcomb, Kan.
"Matt transfered in this year," said Coach Bishop. "I’ve had really good success with guys who’ve transferred in for one year. Matt is probably the most unselfish player that I’ve ever had. He told me during his recruiting visit 'I just want to come here, I want to be a part of it, and I want to win a championship.' And every day, that’s what he practiced towards. And he had a great senior year for us."
, a guard
from Holcomb, Kan.
"Jordan was a good player for us last year, was an honorable mention All-Conference kid," Coach Bishop said. "And he was a totally different person for us this year. He wasn’t a leader as a junior, he was just a player. This year, he was a great player and he matured and he was a leader for us. And he was named conference player of the year, led the team in scoring — he had about 15 a game. He hit big shots, and had a great year."
Coach Bishop added that having a solid senior presence on your team can be a big help in getting everyone prepared for the spectacle of a national championship tournament...