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Evolution Of College Basketball

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Every year college basketball programs lose players to graduation, entering the NBA Draft or transferring to another school. Usually that consist of a small handful of players, but Kent State men’s basketball coach Rob Senderoff is trying to figure out how to replace seven players from a team who went 19-13. The Flashes will feature 11 new players, eight of which who joined the program over the summer meaning Senderoff will spend the majority of the first half of the season just trying to figure out who his five best players are. “When you bring back four, five or six guys you sort of have an idea of what they can bring and then a guy has to make a jump,” Senderoff said. “If you would have asked me two weeks ago who the top five guys are…show more content…
Hall is coming off a season where he averaged 16.4 points and 7.9 rebounds while being named First Team All-Mid-American Conference for the second consecutive year. He returns after a brief interest in entering the NBA Draft. Senderoff has no concerns about Hall’s ability to produce on the court but has challenged Hall— along with fellow seniors Deon Edwin and Jon Fleming— to improve as a leader. “To me, college basketball is a senior game,” Senderoff said. "Both Deon (Edwin) and Jimmy (Hall) are in completely different roles than they’ve ever been in from that standpoint. There're times I think they need to do a better job with that but there're times you see them progressing with their leadership.” Hall and Edwin— the two returning starters— had an opportunity to travel to Croatia over the summer as part of the Global Sports Academy. The trip gave the two an opportunity to compete against players playing professionally overseas. Hall took the trip as a learning experience in preparing him to play at the next…show more content…
Edwin spent the first half of the summer recovering from a multitude of injuries he suffered during last season and feels like he’s back to his old self. “It was tough,” Edwin said of last season. “I had to change my game a lot. It forced me to get in the gym more.” Fleming— a four-year walk-on—understands that most of his contributions to this team won’t come in the form of points or assists, but more on being a focal presence and a leader. He has ambitions of one day becoming a coach once his playing days are over. “(Coach Senderoff and I) have talked about me being a (graduate assistant) after this, I hope it’s a role I can step into pretty quickly,” Fleming said. “I’m excited for that. I try not to look forward to it too much because I got another year of playing and I want to appreciate every second of it.” Also returning for the Flashes is sophomore Jaylin Walker who averaged 7.7 points. Of the newcomers two have stood out to both the seniors and the coaching staff are sophomore Adonis De La Rosa and freshman Danny Pippen. De La Rosa used the summer to slim down to 280 to get into shape for the season. Fleming attributed the weight loss to De La Rosa’s work
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