Welp, we did it. After waiting for what felt like an eternity, going through the ups of downs of a very atypical offseason, we’re finally able to watch the Friars take court again. To say I was excited for this night to come is an understatement, just ask my office:
5:01 PM, Artist's Rendering
Now here I sit at one in the morning, reflecting on the night, soaking in the first PC game I’ve seen since March, and I have to say these are not my usual Friars. From coach to attitude a lot’s changed, such as…
D-Fence! *clap clap*
Do you remember those high school kids who tried out about 40 different personalities because they weren’t sure of who they were?
"I wish for cthulhu's reign of terror to wipe out society so I don't have to go to school anymore."
Yeah, minus the silly makeup our defense went from nonexistent to schizophrenic. That’s not a bad thing – we tried everything from zone, to man, to press, to traps – because this is the only way we’ll find our defensive identity. We’re not a team that can run one set defense and be an expert at it against any team, so we’re going to get good at every defensive scheme possible it seems. Personally I like this approach, at least during exhibition games where ultimately the outcome won’t matter since it won’t go in the books. Teach our players to have a defensive mindset but never let them get settled in one or two schemes. I was personally a fan of the full court press, but that will be a hard defense to run against teams that push the ball hard and fast. The most important thing to take away from this? We no longer lack a defense!