Men’s basketball gears up for season slam dunk
Published: Monday, October 8, 2012
Updated: Monday, October 8, 2012 18:10
It’s nothing but net as the Lakers’ basketball season-opener heads closer to tipoff. On Oct. 5, Roosevelt held walk-on basketball tryouts and team practice.
The players appeared energetic and full of anticipation for their first game. This year’s team demonstrates an undaunted sense of confidence and camaraderie, which is usually difficult to instill in a team.
Since August, Coach Joe Griffin has preached the importance of unity and togetherness to his players. Griffin said that he has infused the basketball program with a great combination of guys and one of the team’s strengths is chemistry. He said that has resulted in tremendous program progress.
The Lakers’ hustle, tenacity, and shooting abilities were impressive during practice and could potentially become offensive assets. Griffin said his intentions this season are to control the pace of the offense, as well as defend, rebound, and run.
“Our bench and starting five are looking strong at every position,” said forward Curtis O’Dwyer. He said that his desire this year is to be a good teammate and lead by example.
So what can be improved?
“Everything,” Griffin said, while noting that communication is the key to the team’s success.
Forward Brandyn Denson could be the spark to make that happen.
After averaging a double-double last season, Denson said he has high expectations for himself this season. He hopes to increase those numbers.
Being a senior, his motivation stems from his teammates pushing him and relying on his ability. As Denson enters his final season at Roosevelt, he wants to leave a legacy as a leader.
He also said that he wants to be remembered as “a man of his word and an all around good guy.”
With the season fast approaching, the Lakers seem ready to make some noise. With the new additions and returning players, the Lakers could accomplish their goal of being a 500 team, which means to win at least half of their games.
“We as a team would like to improve to 500” said Griffin. “Also, grow and confirm our culture as a positive one to represent the program.”
Griffin exhibits a keen knowledge of the game and a coaching philosophy that cannot go unnoticed. Griffin said his mission is not to just win basketball games, but to invest in the success of his team and help them reach their highest potential.
The Lakers head up against Marygrove College on Nov. 1.
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