First year Head Coach A.W. Hamilton and his staff are excited for the opportunity to take their team to Costa Rica. Not only are they able to get a chance to play two games against good competition the staff got extra practices get the players accustomed to one another. This year’s team will have seven new players. During the open practices held in Alumni Coliseum Colonel fans came in good numbers to support the team and had the chance to talk with coach Hamilton. Hamilton went out of his way to speak and thank every fan who came up and after the practices the team would walk over and thank the fans as well.
On the final night of practice we spoke with coach Hamilton about the trip and how important it is to the team. He was impressed with the way the team has performed after the past few days. Colonels have six players out with various injures, that has defiantly put a lot of younger guys in roles that they may not have been accustomed to playing. One of those players is junior forward Lachlan Anderson. The big man from Australia has played well in practice and has become somewhat of a vocal leader on the floor. Anderson isn’t the only player to see more time from last season’s team. Sophomore guard Carmen Carmical is playing a lot of point guard, he’s sharing that role with true freshman Jomaru Brown. Brown came in highly touted and the only downside I seen him during this time is defensively he’s reaching and not moving his feet, something he will have to correct to play against OVC guards. Jordan Oakley, a transfer from Louisburg College, has had a good summer as well. He will be another guard that will be asked to handle the ball. Nick Mayo is the player everyone talks about when talking about the Colonels but sophomore guard Peyton Broughton has the chance to be one of the best shooters in the Valley, if not in the country.
The team is struggling with the new offense and defense Hamilton and his staff are implementing but that is expected with any team that has added as many new players as the Colonels have. They will play two games in paradise and come back home and get healthy and prepare for the upcoming season. Stay with WBONTV for updates from the Colonels as they play in Costa Rica.