By Charlie Crowley, Sports Editor
Image Courtesy of Andris Visockis
It’s time for the season to tip off. The Aquinas Men’s Basketball team begins their season this coming weekend in the WHAC/Crossroads Challenge.
The Saints are coming off a season which saw them finish 21-11, and fall to Davenport in the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference tournament semifinal. The team just missed out on the NAIA Tournament in Branson, Missouri. The near miss helped spark a fire in the ensuing offseason. Senior guard Jake Bullock believes the team is ready to go, and the brought in some help to make it happen.
“We have been working out all summer together to better ourselves and our game,” he said. “We also have added junior college transfers that will play a major part in our success this year.
“Being so close obviously made this off season very intense and made us push even harder to get better.”
The Saints lost four seniors last year to graduation, but bring back eight from last year. They also added five to this year’s team, four of which are transfers. The offensive attack will be led by Bullock, who averaged 18.8 points last year and was named Honorable Mention All American. He will have help on the ball from Rashaud Orange, who will begin his second year as a Saint after transferring from Grand Valley State at the beginning of last season. Orange averaged 3.8 rebounds a game, totaling 109 on the season, 89 of which were on defense.
The Saints open up against Indiana Wesleyan University, the defending national champions. A tough task to start the season, but Bullock noted that is nothing the team is worried about.