Seton Hill men prepare for 2nd year in PSAC
With 11 of its 13 players in their sophomore or freshman seasons, the Seton Hill men’s basketball team will be young this year.
But for Griffins coach Tony Morocco, that youth is a point of optimism.
“I’m very optimistic,” he said. “It’s a nice club, it’s a good group of kids, good students. We’re just young. We’ve got to come together, we’ve got to get more reps. It’s like anything else, the more you do something correctly the better it is.”
“Our freshmen are excellent,” added junior guard Kameron Taylor. “They’re hard working, they listen. Sometimes you get those freshmen where they think they know it all. That is definitely not the case with our freshmen.”
Taylor and senior guard David Windsor are the elder statesmen of the team, and will be heavily relied upon as two of the top returning scorers from last year’s squad.
“Me and David Windsor have to step up and lead,” Johnson said. “We definitely have a young team so it’s up to us to work with them in practice and help them transition from the physicality from high school to college play.”
“Both kids are very well schooled coming out of storied programs,” Morocco added. “They’re both excellent players.”
Noah Davis, Spencer Casson and Nebojsa Stanojevic will provide quality minutes in the frontcourt as the Griffins look to improve on their first round playoff exit from last year, and while it might be young, Morrocco said he likes his team.
“We’re coming out to be fundamental and play our style and if we can impose our style on our opponent for 40 minutes then I think we’re going to be successful,” he said.
The adjustment to the college game or to an increased workload might take some time for the Griffins, but playing in the PSAC, a league Morocco called one of the two best leagues in the country, doesn’t afford them that luxury.
“This team is developing and we’re building,” he said. “With this many young kids you’re going to have young mistakes in the early part of the season, and we just have to have patience and build.”
Alex Oltmanns is a freelance writer.