College basketball is making its way back to the forefront even during the heart of football season.
In preparation for the upcoming season, Sinclair Community College hosted a Tartan Hoops Preview Party on Friday night with ESPN college basketball analyst Mark Adams as the keynote speaker. Derrick Dukes, a former University of Dayton guard and current color commentator for UD basketball on WHIO-TV, was the emcee for the event.
Both the men’s and women’s teams were brought up on stage in front of a packed conference room and one by one each player addressed the crowd.
Adams then gave a motivational speech to the crowd, addressing such values as leadership, teamwork and faith. Players and coaches said they were impressed with Adams’ speech and are looking to apply his message to the season and to their personal lives.
Jeff Price, who is entering his 10th season as head coach of the men’s basketball team, said Friday night’s program was part of Sinclair’s Player Enhancement Program. The PEP is used as a developmental aid for the college’s student-athletes.
“It’s a total program that’s not just about basketball,” Price said. “Basketball is such a small part of what we do. And listening to this brings it back into our focus, back into what we’re trying to do, and these guys get it.”
The Tartans, who finished 18-14 last season, open their regular season at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at home against Miami University-Hamilton. The women’s team, which finished last season 17-12, begins its season at home on Tuesday with a 6 p.m. tip-off against the University of Cincinnati-Clermont.
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