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MBU – Good to Great

(St. Louis, MO) – New York Times Best Seller ‘Good to Great’ says “Good is the enemy of great” and if you’re going to move your organization from ‘Good to Great’, author Jim Collins goes on to say the transformation begins, “by first getting the right people on the bus.”

Going from good to great, is the exact move Missouri Baptist basketball coach Matt Brock is trying to make in year three as the Spartan main man. After a stellar stint as Bob Burchard’s assistant at Columbia College (the Cougars were 93-11), Brock took an MBU squad that was 14 and 47 the two years prior to his arrival and put up back-to-back winning seasons accumulating a record of 36-27.

Now he wants his team to take the next step. Brock says he knows the jump from good to great is extremely difficult, but adding grad assistant Derrick Dilworth to his staff will help.



Collins says, “Everyone would like to be the best, but most organizations lack the discipline to figure out with egoless clarity what they can be the best at and the will to do whatever it takes to turn that potential into reality.”

Brock says his team and coaching staff are trying to learn what it means to be an elite program. So the former Truman Bulldog says they are trying to do some of the so-called ‘little things’ in an elite way.



Brock has seven returners from last year’s 17-win team, including last year’s second leading scorer, Pablo Hernandez (11.1 points per game) and the team’s leading rebounder, Johnny Benson (6.1 boards to go with 9.6 points per game). Nine newcomers join the squad, including Freed-Hardeman All-American Fitzgerald Hopkins. Two transfers from nearby NCAA Division 2 Maryville University are getting on the bus, as are two international players, four freshmen and two other junior college transfers.

In our second installment of this MBU preview, we’ll breakdown the incoming recruits and what they may be able to contribute this season.

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