Everything is up to date in Coffin Complex.
Haskell Indian Nations University has an almost entirely new basketball team and an almost-new court.
The Indians' synthetic court, which had been in use at
Coffin Complex since 1980, was replaced with a wood floor that Haskell purchased from Kansas City's Kemper Arena.
"It's a used floor," Haskell head coach Walt Wilson noted. "We like it. I think it's because it is so much better than what we had. It's going to be much better for our players."
The new floor was something the Indians really needed because the old court was essentially unplayable, he said.
"It was completely gone," he said. "It was almost like playing on concrete."
So the Indians didn't mind having to search for a place to practice recently when the floor was installed.
"We went to Robinson Gym for two days and practiced in Allen Fieldhouse one time," Wilson said.
The Indians will have an almost entirely new set of players to go with their new court. Only two players return -- sophomores Ringo McGimpsey, a 5-4 guard, and Carey Hawk, a 5-11 forward. McGimpsey was a starter late last season, when Haskell finished 6-18.
The Indians lack size. Haskell's tallest player, freshman Bruce Wilson, is just 6-foot-3. Every team the Indians face will probably have a height advantage.
"I don't remember any team we played last year that was smaller than that," Wilson said.
But the Indians hope to compensate.
"This is one of the best-working crews I've had since I've been here," said Wilson, who enters the second season of his third stint as Haskell's coach. "They work well together. I think they're going to to be a good bunch."
The Indians will open at home at 8 p.m. Monday against William Jewell's junior varsity.
Wilson said a starting lineup likely would come from McGimpsey, Hawk, Bruce Wilson, 6-1 Chad Killscrow, 6-2 Bill Tyner, 6-2 Mike Primus and 6-1 Brent Farmer.
"We're playing all guards," Wilson said. "We're going to have to spread the floor a little more."