LIU Basketball Hard at Work in the Off-Season
by Grace Carmen
Aug 19, 2009 | 1817 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Long Island University men’s basketball team completed its most successful season in over a decade last year, posting a 16-14 overall record and a 12-6 record in the Northeast Conference, and advancing to the quarterfinals of the NEC Championship.

After so much success, some programs would kick their feet up and look back on their accomplishments with peace of mind and contentment.

But the Blackbirds, with four returning starters and added depth, have used this off-season as a chance to chase what slipped through their fingertips months ago…that championship.

The team stayed on campus over the summer, taking classes while training. Also, according to Head Coach Jim Ferry, the team has spent extra time in the weight room and has done a lot of the work on their own.

Ferry thinks that the team’s commitment shows, in the shape the players are in.

“It’s different when it’s not the coaches telling them what to do as much as them telling themselves what they need to do,” said Ferry.

Ferry, a seventh-year head coach who has successfully rebuilt LIU’s men’s basketball program to be a serious NEC contender, is more than excited about the prospects and possibilities of the upcoming season.

“I think we have a lot of talent coming back, a lot of experience coming back, and a lot of depth coming back,” said Ferry. “We are focused on the same goal and will have a successful year coming ahead of us.”

That goal is, of course, a championship, and Coach Ferry thinks it is what this team is geared toward. Kenny Onyechi and Jamal Olasewere, two athletic and versatile freshmen, will be added to the roster in addition to four returning starters, consistent contributors, and transfers.

“We don’t need to pounce on the freshmen as much as we did last year,” said Ferry. “As long as they can contribute, play hard and rebound we can add more depth to our program through their ability to play right away.”
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