UWM basketball invited media across Milwaukee for a sports media day Tuesday afternoon. The day included an exclusive look inside the men’s and women’s practices.
Head Coaches LaVall Jordan and Kyle Rechlicz, were open about their preparation for the season.
“My team is coming back very experienced,” said women’s head coach Kyle Rechlicz. “I think we’re farther along than we’ve ever been, but I don’t think anyone is ever prepared until that ball is tipped off because there’s a lot of adrenaline that’s rushing during games.”
Men’s head coach LaVall Jordan offered his insight on things he liked in practice.
“I see great attitudes,” said Jordan. “We’ve been getting up early in the morning to practice, and guys have the right attitude about it. We have to clean up a lot of things fundamentally, but their attitudes make it easier to show up to practice for players, coaches, and staff.”
With the season starting in just two weeks, an opportunity to get up close and personal with the teams answered a lot of questions for spectators. The players were confident in taking time out to speak to the professionals who will be watching and analyzing their game all season.
“I’m excited,” said freshman guard Bryce Barnes. “We’re all excited because we’ve been working hard every day to get better in every area.”
UWM men’s basketball has several freshmen coming into the program this year. Alongside Bryce Barnes was fellow freshman, Bryce Nze, who expressed his goals for his first college season.
“I’m feeling great,” said Nze. “All of the guys make me feel welcome at home, so I know what to expect. I want to win a lot of games.”
After the fan fest earlier this month and media day, we look forward to a great season for Panthers. Both the men’s and women’s teams will have exhibition games on Nov. 5 and Nov. 7 respectively before tipoff over the weekend.
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