Note: Kellon Thomas is a junior on the Kent State men's basketball team and isworked for the Athletics Communication department during the Summer to fulfill a requirement of his Practicum I in Sport Administration course. As part of this course, Kellon wrote a weekly blog to give fans an inside look at how the Golden Flashes are preparing for the 2014-15 season. This is his final entry prior to heading home until the beginning of fall classes at the end of the month.
We completed our eight-week summer program this morning. Coach Bob did a great job with us the entire summer to help everyone become faster, stronger and in playing shape. We started the week by doing 185 on the bench press. We also had done this at the beginning of the summer so they we could see how we progressed over the eight weeks. Everyone got more reps than they did in the beginning of the summer and I feel that we did a really good job in the weight room this summer, which will help us during the season.
We had our final two team practices of the summer on Thursday and Friday morning. Still trying to improve on our offense and defensive strategies, we worked a lot on our basic principles. We are getting much better at it, and will continue to work on it when we come back in the fall. Overall, I think we did a good job with learning and bringing some of the newcomers up to speed on what we want to do.
I think we had a very good summer. We worked hard on our individual goals and areas we wanted to improve, and also got better as a team. I think everyone would agree that we enjoy being around each other and we have a strong bong together on and off the court. As long as we continue to work hard, push each other and all work towards the common goal, then we will have a very successful year.