Men’s Basketball Hosts Annual Media Day

first_img“Having played and coached in the Valley, I know this league wants to get on the half court,” DeVries said. “We’re going to do everything we can to fight that norm and push the tempo on every possession. We want the game to go up and down, that’s how we build our practices to get out in transition and put pressure on the defense in transition. We want to score before we’re playing 5-on-5.”DeVries first roster returns just one starter from last season’s 17-17 team. However he and the staff have been diligent in quickly assembling a talented roster that is consistent with the program’s philosophy.”It has been a unique transition where you have three guys on scholarship and you have to put a roster together that you want to be competitive without sacrificing your long-term goals and vision for the program,” DeVries said of the team’s spring and summer additions. “I feel like we were able to do that with the guys we signed and this group is ready to compete.”The Bulldogs officially open their 2018-19 season Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Knapp Center against Buena Vista following a Nov. 4 exhibition against Coe. Season ticket and flex plans are currently available for the 2018-19 season through the Drake Athletic Ticket Office by calling 515-271-3647 or by visiting draketix.com. Print Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s basketball team welcomed members of the local and state-wide media to the Knapp Center Tuesday, Oct. 23, afternoon for the Bulldogs’ annual media day. Preparing for his first season at the helm of the Bulldog program, head coach Darian DeVries shared what his first few months on the job have been like in preparation for the 2018-19 season. “We’re certainly excited,” DeVries said. “It’s been a fun fall but it’s time to play somebody else and I know our guys are excited about it. It should be an exciting year with all the new faces and we can’t wait to see what this new group of guys can get done this year.”DeVries leads the Bulldogs into the season after spending more than two decades as a successful assistant coach at Creighton where he developed countless all-conference standouts and helped the program to 12 NCAA appearances. DeVries alluded to employing many of the strategies learned at Creighton to his first Bulldog squad. last_img

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