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SUNY Potsdam men’s basketball names assistant coach, captains

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POTSDAM - SUNY Potsdam men’s basketball coach Sherry Dobbs has named Timothy Helms to the Bears assistant men’s basketball coaching staff for the 2013-14 season.

Helms served as a volunteer assistant coach for two seasons from 2011-2013.

Prior to Potsdam, Helms was head basketball coach at Humboldt High School and for the Hillcrest Recreational Center in St. Paul, Minn., from 2009-2010.

Dobbs pointed to Helms’ value as a teacher, communicator and his persistent nature in recruiting in attributing the hire.

“He has good experience having been here for the last two years,” Dobbs said. “He has a good understanding of our system. He’ll be an excellentrecruiter. He’s a smart guy who really understands the game well. He’sa good communicator. He’ll get on the phone and talk with the kids. He’s going to be persistent and very aggressive in recruiting.”

Helms completed his master’s in Science of Education in Organizational Leadership from SUNY Potsdam in May of 2013. He earned his Bachelors of Arts in Entrepreneurship from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. in May of 2010.

A native of Long Lake, Helms now resides in Canton.

2013-14 TEAM CAPTAINS NAMED

Coach Dobbs has also named his three captains for the upcoming 2013-14 season.Voting was done by the coaching staff and the players and senior Rob Duquette (Peru, N.Y.), junior Zac Adams (Potsdam, N.Y.) and junior Greg Torchon (Spring Valley, N.Y.) were picked to lead the Bears this winter.

Duquette, a tri-captain for the third time, started in 17 games and averaged 25 minutes per game. The 6-foot-6 forward shot 65 for 131 from the field (49.6%) while averaging 9.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.

“He’s one of the hardest working kids around,” Dobbs said. “He’s a great leader and a really hard worker. He’s very passionate about basketball who leads by example. He’s also become more willing to be vocal with the team. He’s somebody who is going to be a go-to-guy for us throughout the season.”

Adams, 6-foot-5 swingman, played in 25 games and started in 16 games. He averaged 6.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.

“He’s one of those players who has really high character,” Dobbs said.” It was easy to name him a captain because he’s somebody who does the right thing. He’s only going to grow into a leader more as he becomes more competent.”

Torchon, who missed all of last season with a broken hand, played two seasons prior to that and is praised for his hard-working nature and superior defense.

“He sets a great example for the commitment you need to make in order to be a great player,” Dobbs added. “He’s a great organizer. He makes others aware of where they need to be. He’s worked really hard and he’ll be an impact player for us.”

Potsdam will open the 2013-14 season by hosting the North Country Invitational Nov. 15-16 at Jerry Walsh Gymnasium.

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