The discussion was regarding whether Fouch, just granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA, would return to play for the Dragons. Flint, probably with his fingers crossed, wanted to know if Fouch's heart was really in it.
Turns out it was.
"I thought we had a chance to do something special," Fouch said. "You never know when your career is coming to an end. I was just very happy that mine wasn't - not yet."
Even if Fouch decided that he was finished with college basketball, Drexel, coming off a disappointing 13-18 season, would still be expected to be an upper-echelon team in the Colonial Athletic Conference.
But with Fouch's returning to play alongside 2012-13 all-CAA picks Damion Lee and guard Frantz Massenat, the Dragons are primed to battle Towson for the top spot in the conference.
Lee is a talented 6-6 junior guard who last season improved on his ability to drive, shoot, and rebound. He finished third in the CAA in scoring (17.1 points per game), and he is just 105 points shy of 1,000 for his career.
He is a career 36.8 three-point shooter who has made 125 threes in his first two seasons, good enough to be tied for 12th on Drexel's all-time list.
Massenat, a 6-4 senior, is a crafty playmaker with the ability to knife into the lane and score, draw fouls or feed cutting teammates. Massenat finished second on the team in scoring (14.7) and led in assists, averaging 4.2 per game.
He ranks sixth all-time at Drexel with 406 assists, is 24th in scoring (1,122), and is tied for 16th with 110 career three-pointers.
"Frantz and Damion were both all-conference performers last year, but are capable of being even better and more consistent this season," Flint said. "I'm really happy we were able to get Chris back for a sixth year, not just for the team but for him personally."
"He's an outstanding player when healthy and an even better person," Flint continued about Fouch, who has scored 1,194 points in his career. "With those three, we have a number of options who are proven scorers at the collegiate level."
Sophomore Tavon Allen averaged 6.6 points in a reserve role, and the 6-7 forward, who made 36 percent of his threes, will be expected to contribute more. Rail-thin at 185 pounds last season, Allen will be more of a factor if he has gotten stronger in the offseason.
Another player expected to make a contribution on the perimeter is Seton Hall transfer Freddie Wilson. Wilson played a lot of point guard before transferring at the midyear break. He will be eligible to play by late December.
Replacing 6-9, 280-pound center Daryl McCoy's 8.6 rebounds and his physicality around the rim will be Drexel's biggest challenge. Dartaye Ruffin, 6-8, 250, averaged 6.9 points and 6.8 rebounds. He and junior Kazembe Abif, finally healthy after losing 30 pounds to illness as a freshman, will provide energy and, Flint hopes, bigger numbers than the 4.4 points and 3.4 rebounds he averaged in 20 minutes last season.
Flint has a good collection of freshman big men that includes Mohamed Bah, Khris Lane, and Rodney Williams. All could contribute this season.
Drexel at a Glance
Last year: 13-18, 9-9 in Colonial Athletic Association, 7th place.
Coach: Bruiser Flint (212-159 in 12 years; 298-231 overall).
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Year
1. Freddie Wilson G 6-3 204 Jr
3. Chris Fouch G 6-2 185 Sr.
4. Frantz Massenat G 6-4 190 Sr.
5. Stevan Manojlovic G 6-5 197 Sr
11. Tavon Allen F 6-7 170 So.
13. Goran Pantovic F 6-10 225 Sr.
14. Damion Lee G 6-6 200 Jr
15. Mohamed Bah F 6-9 225 Fr.
21. Khris Lane F 6-6 215 Fr.
22. Jake Lerner G 6-2 190 Sr.
24. Rodney Williams F 6-7 220 Fr.
25. Major Canady G 6-4 200 Fr.
32. Kazembe Abif F 6-7 210 Jr.
35. Dartaye Ruffin F 6-8 250 Sr.
9 at UCLA . . . 12 a.m.
12 at Illinois State . . . 8 p.m.
18 Elon (NIT TIPOFF) . . . 5 p.m.
19 Rutgers or Canisius . . . 5 p.m
4 Cleveland State . . . 7 p.m.
7 Tennessee State . . . 4 p.m.
15 at Davidson . . . 2 p.m.
18 at St. Joseph's . . . 7 p.m.
22 St. Francis . . . 2 p.m.
29 Buffalo . . . 2 p.m.
3 at S. Mississippi . . . 2 p.m.
8 at William and Mary . . . 7 p.m.
11 Northeastern . . . 2 p.m.
14 Towson . . . 7 p.m.
18 at UNC Wilmington . . . TBA
20 Delaware . . . 7 p.m.
25 William and Mary . . . 4 p.m.
29 at Hofstra . . . 7 p.m.
1 at Towson . . . 4:30 p.m.
3 UNC Wilmington . . . 7 p.m.
8 James Madison . . . 2 p.m.
13 at Charleston . . . 7 p.m.
16 Hofstra . . . 8 p.m.
19 at James Madison . . . 7 p.m.
23 at Delaware . . . 3 p.m.
26 Charleston . . . 7 p.m.
1 at Northeastern . . . 1 p.m.
7-10 CAA Tournament in Baltimore.