Ephraim, Ut.- As basketball season starts around the country, the Snow College men’s basketball team hopes to retain the same success that led them to the championship game against Salt Lake Community College last year.
That may be easier said than done, as the Badger basketball team only has two sophomores, and just one returning player, Tim Hughes, from last year’s successful campaign. Four players moved onto four – year schools, while four other players left on LDS missions.
Head Coach Robert Nielson had high praise for his young team, saying he was impressed with the way the players came together to become a team. “We took a bunch of guys and made them a team that worked together and are able to play together.”
Coach Nielson also praised the defense, saying that their ability to defend was one of their strengths. “We’re a defensive team, and our ability to defend is certainly one of our strengths,” while also adding that the team needs to get better at moving the basketball and scoring on the offensive end.
“The men’s basketball team has been in the weight room everyday working hard and trying to gain strength and experience,” said Nielson. “Some of the other teams have some older players who are a bit stronger and more experienced, so it’s all about working hard to get to where we can compete with those other teams.”
So far during preseason, the Badgers have gone 2-3, with another game to be played this Friday at Snow College against the Colorado Kings.
With such a young team and the new season only a month away, it’s hard to contain the excitement that can be felt around campus for the new team.