Knights Turn Attention to 2013-14

March 18, 2013

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By Doug Richards

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The 2012-13 campaign ended just over a week ago for the Knights, but the squad is already getting ready for next year. On Monday, UCF will begin its spring individual workouts with its attention turned to the upcoming season.

For the next month, the Knights will have 2-3 workout sessions per week with the UCF coaching staff.

"The individual workouts are a great opportunity for our guys to continue to get better. We want them to build on this last season and also focus on improving areas of their game as well," UCF head coach Donnie Jones said.

The Knights lose just one scholarship player from this past season's 20-victory team. Although that player - Keith Clanton - is one of the best in program history, UCF will return plenty of talent next year when it embarks on its first campaign in a new league that will feature national powers UConn, Cincinnati, Memphis and Temple.

The group of returnees is led by Isaiah Sykes, who garnered All-Conference USA First Team and C-USA All-Defensive Team honors as a junior. The guard led the nation in triple-doubles and averaged 16.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.3 steals. Sykes will join fellow seniors Tristan Spurlock (11.4 points) and Calvin Newell (11.1 points) and junior Kasey Wilson (9.1 points) to guide the Knights next season.

"We had one of the most inexperienced teams in the country this year and made some great strides during the season," Jones said. "It will be important for our guys to take advantage of the spring and summer to keep improving and getting ready for next season."