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A Day in the Life of our Titans During Hoops Season

Postby ptctitan » Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:18 am

http://www.thevarsitynews.net/news/view.php/1030006/Division-I-players-start-their-days-earl

BY KAMERON CHATMAN
VN STAFF WRITER

Many people are unaware of the behind-the-scenes work that is necessary to be a competitive basketball player at the Division 1 level.

Here’s a glimpse into a regular day in the life of an athlete at the University of Detroit Mercy.

The day begins at 6 a.m. when the alarm goes off, and players begin to prepare for the 7 a.m. weights and conditioning session.

Depending on the day, players may be in the weight room lifting or on the court/track doing conditioning drills.

“The toughest part about weights and conditioning is the early-morning alarm,” said sophomore center Malik Eichler. “We understand the impact this plays on our performance, but it doesn’t make waking up any easier.”

At 8 a.m. when the weights and conditioning segment ends, players shower, attend a mandatory rehab session with the trainer and then head to breakfast before class.
Although their schedules vary, typically basketball players have classes between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Between that time period, the players also find time to eat lunch and take a quick 30-minute nap.

Afterward, players head to Calihan Hall to begin treatment in preparation for practice.

Players try to be in the locker room preparing for practice at least an hour before hand.

“The preparation for practice is crucial because it is important to come focused and ready to go. How we practice will determine how we perform when it’s time to play games,” said junior guard Gerald Blackshear.

Practice usually goes from about 3:30 to 6 p.m., followed by another rehab session, which consists of stretching, ice baths and NormaTec, a recovery system.
Some players may have a night class, 6:40 to 9:10 p.m.

Those who don’t have night class often have study hall, which is an assigned time when players get their homework done.

After study hall, players have the rest of the night to relax and start mentally preparing to do the same thing the next day.

“Although our schedules are very busy and we have very little free time, I feel experiences like this turn us into the men we want to become,” said senior center Isaiah Jones. “It gives us a great outlook on personal discipline and time management, which will help us in the future.”
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Re: A Day in the Life of our Titans During Hoops Season

Postby uofdmik2008 » Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:27 am

ptctitan wrote:http://www.thevarsitynews.net/news/view.php/1030006/Division-I-players-start-their-days-earl

BY KAMERON CHATMAN
VN STAFF WRITER

Many people are unaware of the behind-the-scenes work that is necessary to be a competitive basketball player at the Division 1 level.

Here’s a glimpse into a regular day in the life of an athlete at the University of Detroit Mercy.

The day begins at 6 a.m. when the alarm goes off, and players begin to prepare for the 7 a.m. weights and conditioning session.

Depending on the day, players may be in the weight room lifting or on the court/track doing conditioning drills.

“The toughest part about weights and conditioning is the early-morning alarm,” said sophomore center Malik Eichler. “We understand the impact this plays on our performance, but it doesn’t make waking up any easier.”

At 8 a.m. when the weights and conditioning segment ends, players shower, attend a mandatory rehab session with the trainer and then head to breakfast before class.
Although their schedules vary, typically basketball players have classes between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Between that time period, the players also find time to eat lunch and take a quick 30-minute nap.

Afterward, players head to Calihan Hall to begin treatment in preparation for practice.

Players try to be in the locker room preparing for practice at least an hour before hand.

“The preparation for practice is crucial because it is important to come focused and ready to go. How we practice will determine how we perform when it’s time to play games,” said junior guard Gerald Blackshear.

Practice usually goes from about 3:30 to 6 p.m., followed by another rehab session, which consists of stretching, ice baths and NormaTec, a recovery system.
Some players may have a night class, 6:40 to 9:10 p.m.

Those who don’t have night class often have study hall, which is an assigned time when players get their homework done.

After study hall, players have the rest of the night to relax and start mentally preparing to do the same thing the next day.

“Although our schedules are very busy and we have very little free time, I feel experiences like this turn us into the men we want to become,” said senior center Isaiah Jones. “It gives us a great outlook on personal discipline and time management, which will help us in the future.”



Sometimes with all the criticism of players, program, coaches and school we may forget that these are young men and the amount of work they put in to be competitive in the classroom and on the court!
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Re: A Day in the Life of our Titans During Hoops Season

Postby Titan Andrew » Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:24 am

ptctitan wrote:http://www.thevarsitynews.net/news/view.php/1030006/Division-I-players-start-their-days-earl

“The preparation for practice is crucial because it is important to come focused and ready to go. How we practice will determine how we perform when it’s time to play games,” said junior guard Gerald Blackshear.


Blackshear changing positions? :D
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Re: A Day in the Life of our Titans During Hoops Season

Postby uofdmik2008 » Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:16 pm

Titan Andrew wrote:
ptctitan wrote:http://www.thevarsitynews.net/news/view.php/1030006/Division-I-players-start-their-days-earl

“The preparation for practice is crucial because it is important to come focused and ready to go. How we practice will determine how we perform when it’s time to play games,” said junior guard Gerald Blackshear.


Blackshear changing positions? :D


Ha, I didn't even notice that!
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Re: A Day in the Life of our Titans During Hoops Season

Postby NC Titan » Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:24 pm

He's been working on his outside shot now that Hogan is returning. ;)

Interesting to see that Kam is on staff at the VN. It seems that quite a few basketball players have done that in the past few years.
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