ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- UNC Asheville's Kevin Vannatta is taking his leadership responsibilities very seriously this off season.
The Bulldogs will need his guidance to help the eight new players on the roster this year.
Vannatta has shown tremendous leadership qualities during his first two seasons on the Bulldogs basketball team.
"It's been a wonderful opportunity for me athletically, academically," Vannatta said. "This school is phenomenal. Just the whole community, I love it all."
Vannatta played more minutes last season than any other player in the Big South Conference. That experience will serve him well as he gets ready for his junior year.
"I think I have played enough college minutes that now I can help the younger guys, especially with six or seven new guys," Vannatta said.
"It's important that our returning players, our veterans, can do a good job of leading the newcomers that we're welcoming," coach Nick McDevitt said.
This week, Vannatta was selected as one of just 32 Division I student athletes across the country to be part of the student athlete advisory committee. He's the only player from the Big South to be selected.
"It's a cool honor to get, and I'm really excited to have the opportunity to be the voice the student athletes in the whole conference, my peers and everybody else in the conference," Vannatta said.
The Bulldogs hope Vannatta's leadership will help them get ready for another season where they will look to defend their Big South Tournament championship.