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B-ball to rebuild with Lister
|Jim Allen/MESA LEGEND|
|7-foot former NBA veteran Alton Lister prepares to lead T-Birds back to the top.|
"It was a natural process for me," Lister said. "When I got of age, I just fell into the role of mentor. I started being a real positive force in the locker room and before you know it, guys are starting to pick your brain."
Even though Lister may have had other opportunities of coaching in the NBA, he has come to MCC to head his own program.
"This is a chance for me to get my feet wet. I really wanted total control so I can see if this is what I want to do for the rest of my career."
Lister is familiar with the Valley as well as community college life.† In 1978, he won a national championship playing at San Jacinto Community College in Texas. From there he moved on to Arizona State University and makes his home in Ahwatukee.
"I can relate well with these players," Lister said. "I was in the same position they are when I started my career."
"He is very familiar with the† community and will not be hesitant to get involved," MCC Athletic Director Allen Benedict said. "Lister has a very solid plan on how he wants to build his program. He understands the rules and he is going to follow them, and at this point Iím as happy with Alton Lister than anyone we could have hired."
Michael Shepston, a freshman forward from last yearís team, said to the Arizona Republic in May, "Just because he played in the NBA doesnít mean he can coach. They are already late in the recruiting process."
Lister, who now says he laughed when reading the quote, said, "I didnít give it a second thought."
Shepston, who considered transferring, will return for another season.
As far as being late in the recruiting process, Lister said heís not worried.
"We have 18 players out right now. Some of those guys we have signed and some we are considering, plus we have had a lot of interest in our try-outs."
The Mesa Legend is the student newspaper of Mesa Community College, Mesa, Arizona.
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