Dear MC Basketball Fan,
Wow!!! Another year is upon us. We are in the process of preparing for another basketball season. Conditioning and lifting were a huge success with our new Strength and Conditioning program. We saw some great gains in their vertical, strength, and agility. We now have four weeks to get ready for the season. I am excited about our freshmen class. We have some athleticism, height, and length in this group. Our lone Senior Josh Brooks has been exceptional in the early practice season with his senior leadership. Some of our returners like Jr Sanders, Nick Clifton, JP McGhee, and Trevor Gaines-Perry have helped this young group understand the importance of practice performance and expectations.
We had our first organizational meeting last week. I talked to our players about my expectations. I want them to possess a Swagger of a Champion. I shared with them a few of my thoughts for success and a few ideas I received from some instrumental mentors in my life. I challenged our players to nurture and develop core qualities that can help them become the best version of themselves.
Our Core Standards as a Team:
- - Don't steal.
- - Don't lie.
- - Don't be late.
- - Don't make excuses.
- - Bust your tail each day.
- - Use common sense.
With this being said:
- Humility (noun) The quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people. Staying humble. Appreciation- Work Ethic- Service
- Respect (noun) A feeling or understanding someone or something is important, serious and should be treated in the appropriate way. People- Standards- Law
- Responsibility (noun) A duty or task that you are required or expected to do.Diligence- Decision Making-Accountability
I want to invite you to come to campus. Our workouts and practices are always open to the public. I really believe in the process of teaching and coaching. We care about our athletes as people. We are concerned about the choices they make as young adults. We are trying to guide and direct them to become quality young men who can succeed in the world. These next 4 years are for the next 40 of their lives. As we get closer to the start of the season, make sure to keep up with the Scots. I don't know what this group will become just yet but I do believe in them for the character and level of toughness they demonstrate each day.
These guys are going to be successful. Hopefully, you will be able to witness some great things from them this year and for years to come.
Rep The M
Last month, I wrote about our journey to understanding what it takes to be a man. I talked about some practical ways that our coaching staff could show our players what manhood really looks like by doing things like being vulnerable in times of struggle and showing them what sacrifice looks like throughout the season. What I did not know, was that our team would be presented with two ideas from an MC alum that encapsulate exactly what being a man is all about. Chris Housewright ('00) spoke to our team about his time at Maryville College, ultimately contributing his successes as a player, student, and employee with two simple thoughts. Be adaptable and be ready.
As men, we tend to think we have things figured out. We have a plan. We know what we want to do and how we want it to be done. We also know that rarely, if ever, do things work out according to that plan. Being adaptable in times of change can be the difference in a breakthrough and a breakdown. I would venture to say that most, if not all, of our guys, have a very grandiose expectation of what their year is going to look like. Plenty of freshmen think they will be contributors to the varsity. There are sophomores who believe they have improved to the point where they will score in double-figures this season. They have a coaching staff who has developed the perfect game plan to maximize the specific skills and talents on the roster. But what happens if things do not go the way we have planned? What if I have to start on the JV floor? What if I am only getting 5 minutes per game? What if our offense does not give us the best chance to win? We are left with a choice. We can give in to selfishness and break down what we are trying to build as a team by only caring about our individual agenda, or we can be adaptable to what will help the team most and potentially be the decision that turns the season around.
It is crucial that we are willing to be flexible for the betterment of the common goal. In order for Maryville College to have the most success possible everyone must be willing to adapt to the ebbs and flows that a season brings. There will be days where we are called upon to take the game-winning shot and there are days where we sit on the bench and nobody calls our name at all, but if our entire program is willing to accept their role no matter what it costs then we will eventually find success. Adaptability is a byproduct of sacrifice. Yet no matter the sacrifice we are willing to make, we must always be ready. The opportunity may not arise when we want it to, where we want it to, or how we want it to, but we must be ready when it does. There is nothing wrong with being able to adapt to a situation and being unwilling to be satisfied with the outcome. We adapt, but we continue to give our best. We strive to be better so that our best is ready when the time comes.
Our coaching staff is truly hoping to teach life through basketball to the players in our program. When they become husbands and fathers, we hope that they are prepared for adversity because they learned how to be adaptable while they were at Maryville. We want them to break through those instances of uncertainty with resiliency and adapting instead of breaking down under the pressure and responsibility of what is at stake by worrying about what did not go their way. It is a great challenge for our coaching staff to be living examples of this daily, especially early in this season with such an inexperienced group. We may have to adapt on the fly in order to put this group in the best position to win. I am confident our staff will be ready for when that opportunity arrives.
Assistant Basketball Coach
Alumni Spotlight: Shawn Henderson
Shawn Henderson was a two-year starter at Maryville College during the 2000-2001 and 2001-2002 seasons. In Shawn's two seasons with Maryville, he took part in 47 wins, 2 conference championships, and 2 trips to the NCAA Tournament advancing beyond the first round each season. Shawn averaged 10 points per game while shooting 46% from the field during his career.
Shawn graduated from Maryville College in 2002 and has worked with the South Bend Community School Corporation in Indiana for 15 years. Shawn is in his 3rd year as Head Principal at South Bend Riley High School where he graduated in 1998.
Returner Spotlight: Trevor Gaines-Perry
As you enter your Junior year what are some individual and team goals you would like to accomplish?
As an individual, I'd like to average 5+ rebounds this year while still shooting a high percentage. As a team, I expect nothing less than another conference championship and hopefully a run in the NCAA tournament
What can you tell the fans out there about your experience at Maryville as a student-athlete?
It's a great experience, we're all a tight-knit family and it's a great community to be part of. We're held to a higher standard and that's one of the reasons we succeed on and off the floor.
What is your favorite movie? Favorite candy? Favorite food?
Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, and Shrimp
What is your major? What do you plan on doing after you graduate?
Health and Wellness Promotion w/ a minor in Psychology. As of now, I'm looking at working in the public health field working as a health coordinator with public school systems
What advice do you give your incoming freshman teammates?
No matter what your role is on the team, buy into it 100%. Team success outweighs individual accolades.
Word Association game: Describe in One word the following players
Coach McCord: Celtics
Coach Jones: Spongebob
Coach Placeres: Mouse in the house
Freshman Spotlight: Kordell Kah
Kordell, let the MC basketball fans know what high school you are from and what accolades you received as a student-athlete?
I am from Bearden High School where I was the captain of the 2019 state championship team. As a student-athlete, I was able to receive several different awards including national honors society, state in DECA, and defensive player of the year for Bearden.
As every story is different tell the fans, why you chose Maryville?
I choose Maryville mainly due to Coach P being the new head coach, and how much I believe in what he's doing. As a local guy, I've been able to be in contact with Coach P for a long time and grown to trust him so playing under him just seemed like the right fit, and the school itself fit perfectly as well.
If you were stuck on an island and needed to get out of there what two other teammates would you choose and why?
I think I would pick Felix and Nic because I feel like we'd be able to brainstorm a good idea to get out of there and be able to implement our plan as well.
What is your favorite movie? Candy? Food?
My favorite movie is The Dark Knight. My favorite candy is Twizzlers soft filled bites and my favorite food is Mac and cheese.
What NBA team are you following? Who is your favorite athlete and why?
I follow the 76ers because I've always liked their slogan and the mentality that it brings, "trust the process". I also like them because my favorite player is Joel Embiid just because he is entertaining to me and also has overcome a lot of injury problems and pushed through to be the player he is today.