Even with eight new players joining the Fighting Knights, the Men’s Basketball Team all have one thing in common: the ambition to work together for the conference championship title.
“We are a young basketball team,” said Jeff Price, head coach. “Hopefully we will be ready early, but I think you will see a team that will continue to get better. We signed four freshman, we got four transfers and we tried to get some balance there, get some young guys and experienced players.”
Adding four freshman and four transfers to the roster can be a risky move when it comes to maintaining team chemistry. However, the coaches and players seem to agree that this has not been the case with the new group of ballers.
“Our chemistry has been really good, the guys get along well, they play together, they’re having a good time, and practices have been great,” said Price. “But hopefully we have the right mix of youth and experience. We always want to have a great year. I think with our recruiters, we’ve set ourselves up to be a really good basketball team for the next few years.”
Even returning players can say working together will lead them to the best outcome.
“I feel like the returners need to lead and work hard with the new guys to get on the same page, so [that] we can combine all of our strengths,” said Vieux Kande, senior. “Which will result in a lot of wins and a championship.”
With a championship title in mind, returning players have set the bar high and will continue to put in the work considering their upcoming exhibition against NCAA Division I North Carolina State. The team’s nonconference schedule will prepare the men for their Sunshine State Conference matches.
“My goals for this upcoming season are to win the conference championship and compete for a national championship in the NCAA tournament,” said Allen Baez, senior. “I think winning a conference championship is very attainable because of all the different assets each person brings.”
The men’s home opener will be on Nov. 12 against Florida Memorial.
“I’m ecstatic to play in front of a new crowd and student body,” said Marquan Botely, senior. “This season will be one for the books in my opinion, ups and downs are expected, but overall I think we will be successful.”