Speraw Names Men's Basketball Captains

Oct. 17, 2006

Orlando, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - UCF men's basketball head coach Kirk Speraw announced on Tuesday that senior forward Josh Peppers (Memphis, Tenn./Whitehaven HS) and junior guard Mike O'Donnell (Largo, Fla./Largo HS) will serve as the Golden Knights' captains for the 2006-07 season. The Golden Knights open their regular-season campaign on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at home against Rollins at the UCF Arena.

Peppers is one of the top offensive players in Conference USA. He is the third-returning scorer in the league after averaging 13.7 points per game last year. He connected on 59 3-pointers and shot 36.9 percent from deep. The Memphis, Tenn. native needs only 66 points to become the 13th 1,000-point scorer in UCF history.

O'Donnell started all 29 games at point guard in 2005-06 and averaged 8.3 points and four assists. His 2.30 assist/turnover ratio ranked second in C-USA.

Last season, Speraw did not name team captains.

Season tickets for the Golden Knights are currently on sale. Call 407-UCF-1000 to purchase tickets or for more information. UCF is entering its second season in C-USA and its final year playing in the UCF Arena. The squad will play in the new Convocation Center on campus in 2007-08.

UCF will play an exhibition contest against St. Leo in Orlando on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

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