Hoops Freshman Strive To Impress
One of the great benefits of freshman LEAP (Learn + Experience + Archieve Program) is the simple fact that first-year student-athletes get a chance to come to campus early and participate in sanctioned as well as voluntary workouts. The opportunity to get adjusted to the training methods and expectations of the strength and conditioning staff pays serious dividends when "official" preseason conditioning begins in the fall.
According to men's basketball strength coach Matt Ludwig, the incoming freshman class of Abdul Gaddy, Clarence Trent and C.J. Wilcox has been very impressive in initial workouts. Ludwig lauded the trio's work ethic and commitment and said each guy appears prepared, at least physically, to enter the season in top-notch condition.
"I've seen a little more of Abdul and C.J. than Clarence, but I can tell you they are all very impressive from a strength and conditioning perspective," said Ludwig. "They are quick learners, they are respectful, follow the lead of the older guys and are off the charts in terms of testing. As far as Abdul and C.J. are concerned, they have great lower and upper body strength - particularly for guards, and are way more athletic than most people think. I think the new guys - and the entire team, for that matter - will all be in great shape once practice starts in the fall."
Ludwig noted the team works out every day, Monday through Thursday, for about an hour-and-a-half and the focus is normally on speed and endurance. The team does speed work, generally in the Dempsey Indoor, then gathers for strength work in the weight room. Almost every afternoon, they play pickup games that also include several former players such as Spencer Hawes, Bobby Jones, Nate Robinson and others who happen to be in town.
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