Preparation guarantees success is the motto of this year’s team coming back from a 20-7 overall season and going 14-2 in the ODACS. Coach Nathan Davis, starting his sixth year as head coach of the team has high expectations for his team this season.
The team’s schedule is going to be jam-packed since they will be playing ten games against competitors who have appeared in the previous two NCAA tournaments and that’s just for 2014.
In 2015, all fourteen games will be conference contests.
This type of season isn’t new for the Yellow Jackets, since the past two seasons have been some of the toughest schedules in the country. Even though facing a difficult schedule, this has never deterred the men’s basketball team’s fortune.
Along with the players’ personal conditioning and preparation, this summer three starters: seniors Chris Hamilton, Joe Hassell, and Marcus Badger along with Assistant Coach Joe Meehan traveled to Europe.
While traveling with eight other American players, Hamilton, Hassell, and Badger played against Belgian, English, and Dutch players.
The experience benefitted the players and Coach Davis believes that this “experience of new challenges and competition” overseas will add to their individual game and the team’s successes this season.
Eight seniors will help lead the team this year as “they all want to leave R-MC with a season to remember”, Hamilton said. The team hopes to continue to build on their fortunes from last season led by Coach Davis and Assistant Coaches Jarrell Christian and Joe Meehan.
My predictions for the first game on November 16 against Mary Washington will be Yellow Jacket domination: guaranteed leg breakings by vicious crossovers, electrifying three pointers, and dominating defense.
Mark your calendars ladies and gentlemens for November 30, because it’ll be a sad day for Frostburg State as the Yellow Jackets go head to head with the Bobcats.
As the first home game, it is promised to be full of excitement. I have a feeling that Joe Hassell will be doing a 360 dunk in the first game and Chris Hamilton will hit so many three pointers that he’ll make Dirk Nowitzki want to retire.
There are very few things on this campus that can compare to the atmosphere when the bleachers are full of R-MC students showing support for the Yellow Jackets.
The team of eight seniors, one junior, four sophomores, and six freshmen offers a mix of experience and a fresh set of talent that will continue dominating courts.
This season is guaranteed to be exciting for the men’s basketball team, so be sure to come out to come support our fellow Yellow Jackets.
Preparation guarantees success and the Yellow Jackets are ready for any competition. My last suggestion for the teams that the basketball team will be playing this year is from the mouth of the wise philosopher Ludacris: “Move…get out of the way”.
-Jordon Lee ’16, Junior Sports Editor