Kevin Conlon leads Pitt-Greensburg basketball program

“New” is the key word for the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg’s men’s basketball team this season. Following an 8-18 season a year ago, the Bobcats are looking for significant improvement under first-year head coach Marcus Kahn.
“This year we are striving for a new level of intensity, commitment and style,” said Kahn. “This season is the start of a whole new attitude for the UPG program.”
Returning this season to help the turnaround process is sophomore wing Ryan Moye (Washington). Moye led the Bobcats in scoring a year ago (12.8 points per game) and was named AMCC “Newcomer of the Year.” Moye will be helped by the return of starters Scott Winfrey (Uniontown) Phil Grenda (Mt. Pleasant) and Kevin Conlon (Bellwood-Antis).
Winfrey. a junior guard, is a two-year starter for the Bobcats. He averaged 6.5 points per game last season, while leading the team in minutes played with 667. Grenda is a sophomore forward who played significant minutes in the paint for UPG last year. He is a versatile player, who can play many different positions. Last season, Grenda averaged 11.1 points per game, while leading the team in rebounds with 4.8 rebounds per game.
Rounding out the returning starters is sophomore guard Kevin Conlon. Conlon averaged 9.7 points per game last season and led the team in three-point percentage (50%) and free-throw percentage (81%).
“We are playing well right now,” said coach Kahn. “The guys are starting to buy into our program. It’s always tough to begin a new program, getting used to a new coach. We are 4-1 right now and we had a good weekend last weekend ending up third at the Marymount Tournament. We still have a lot of room to improve however.”
The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg defeated Kenyon College 90-83 in the consolation finals after losing in overtime to the host school Marymount 84-80 in overtime. Kevin Colon pumped in 25 points in the consolation final and has been averaging a team-high 16.5 points in the early going of the 2002-03 UPG season.
“You can’t place a value on someone like Kevin Conlon,” explained coach Kahn. “Kevin has been a leader on the floor and off. He is what every team needs, he is an anchor who has held us steady. He keeps the other guys focused. Kevin is the heart and soul of our squad. And it hasn’t been easy for Kevin. We switched him from the Number Two guard position to our point guard and he has taken the change in stride. He is our leading scorer and is an “A” student in the classroom.”
The Bobcats also return sophomore forward Nate Watkins (Schenley), who led UPG in steals a year ago with a school record 56. John Pulley (Southwestern) averaged 5.4 points per game and the lone senior Adam Bowser (Southmoreland) who had 35 rebounds.
UPG will welcome the addition of a few outstanding players. Among these is Thiel College transfer junior Isiaiah Blanciak, an extremely versatile player who can play guard, wing or forward for the Bobcats.
The Bobcats will also look for big things from freshman guard David Winfrey (Uniontown) and two freshmen centers Clint Mullen (Greater Latrobe) and Jarrell Adams (Bishop McNamara/ Washington D.C.).
“We have a lot of returning talent, but with the addition of several newcomers, the fight for playing time should be very competitive and fun,” said Kahn. “We should be a deeper team this season.”
Fitting right into the theme of a “new program” is the promotion of UPG to a full member of the NCAA Division III. Following four seasons as a provisional member of Division III, the Bobcats are now eligible for the NCAA Division III tournament as a Pool B selection.
“As we begin a new era of Bobcat basketball,” remarked Kahn. “We will be able to create additional goals for our program.”