Wednesday, August 6th
The UVM men's basketball team is in the midst of ten days of practice ahead of their preseason trip to Canada. The Cats will play five games in five days, starting in Montreal on Saturday and finishing back in Montreal next Wednesday night.
Five games in a five day stretch in the middle of August is a rare opportunity for a college basketball team, but if there is one school that can take advantage of this experience, it's the Vermont Catamounts. A bunch of new faces and a couple of new coaches. The team is anxiously looking forward to bonding on this trip to Canada.
"It's going to be a great opportunity for us to play with the younger guys, getting used to it.', says junior forward Ethan O'Day. 'We've already been doing it all summer long, working real hard in the weight room and I definitely would like to take a leadership role with them."
"It's going to be a good experience to get some competition to get some actual games in before out of conference play and league play.', says sophomore forward Brendan Kilpatrick. 'To get the going guys, and myself, I haven't played in a year so I'm interested to see how it's going to go."
"I think it just helps us ease into what we can and can't do on the court, learning to get acquainted to the college game.', adds freshman guard Trau Bell-Haynes. 'It's a lot different than high school, so it will allow us to get used to what's to come."
One player that will make the trip, but won't play is freshman guard Ernie Duncan. He's recovering from a minor back injury. Coach John Becker sitting him out as just a precautionary measure, he wants him good and healthy for when the season gets going.