Saturday, August 10, 2013

Recapping an intense first week of practice

By Devin Carter
Sophomore, Guard

We just finished up our first week of practice to get ready for our trip to the Bahamas. A week from now, we will be arriving in Nassau.

Being my first year at Kent State, one of the things that has surprised me a little is the intensity of it all. The intensity at practices and the intensity at weightlifting is just at such a high level. You really have to go all out at everything if you want to make it.

In practice, we’ve been doing a lot of defensive stuff. That’s Coach Senderoff’s main focus over the summer. He wants us to become a defensive team and has been on us to make sure we stay focused and there isn’t any slacking from anybody during practice.

The majority of our drills are designed as a competition. I think it’s helping us a lot because nobody on this team wants to lose, so it makes us go that much harder and compete on every play.

He also has us reading this book called Relentless. The book is about being relentless and having mental toughness. It talks about being able to fight through adversity and overcoming all types of difficulties you’ve been having over your career. It helps you keep going when you feel like quitting.

We’ve really been pushed this week, but it’s still basketball at the end of the day. I’ve been playing this game all of my life and love being able to continue playing in college.

I’m really looking forward to going to the Bahamas. This is a group of goofy guys off the court and I clicked with everybody right away. There’s a real family environment and they treat you like a brother once you get here.

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