ACC Enthusiasm

Team leaders, guard Rob Hite and forward Will Frisby talked about the first practice of the season. The team is excited and refreshed by new Head Coach, Frank Haith, and his enthusiasm. A sparkle glistened in both Rob Hite's and Will Frisby's eye as they talked about the first official practice of the 2004-2005 season.

They could not contain the enthusiasm that their new coach Frank Haith brings, and the upcoming season in the ACC.

"Practice was very exciting today. Coach Haith wants it (to win), and he is pushing us really hard," Frisby said. "With Coach Haith everything is exciting. He runs things so that there is a competition amongst each other. We all want it. We all want to win. When everyone wants it, it's fun. The game is fun now."

Guard, Rob Hite echoed Frisby's excitement.

"We've had a lot of growth as far as conditioning, our basketball skills and we have become so close as a team because we have been together for so long. We're just excited about the season."

Frisby, a senior, and Hite, a junior, are the unquestioned leaders of this team. Frisby, a 6-8 235 lb. power forward, is a good rebounder and shot blocker on the defensive side. Hite brings the offensive firepower. He is the leading returning scorer from last season at 15.2 PPG. Both like what they see so far in the first practice from their new head coach.

"He is a tremendous coach on and off the court," said Frisby. "He cares about his players. He stresses the little things. He wants to make sure that everyone is doing the right thing all the time. He wants players to be where they're supposed to be when they're supposed to be there. He makes sure all the players are playing defense all the time and that they are in the right defensive stance. He wants everyone to work hard. Coach has so much fire in his eyes."

Hite also likes the new attitude that the coaching staff brings.

"(I like) Their winning mentality. They want to go out and do everything right. They know the little things count, and they make sure that we know that too. It's a fresh start for us, but the coaches came in and were very courteous and we had a positive attitude about the whole thing."

Frisby and Hite look to turn around last years disappointing season in which they finished with a 14-16 record, and did not qualify for the Big East conference tournament. They are not dwelling on last season, rather they use it as motivation. Many pundits are predicting a tough season for this team, but Hite and Frisby don't care what the "experts" say about them, they know what this team can do.

"We really don't worry about what outsiders say about us," said Hite. "I think we are going to do well. We have a positive attitude, we work hard and we are very close. We're looking forward to it."

"We are always going to hold that disappointing season in the back of our minds," said Frisby. "You (got to) put it (last season) behind you. You don't actually forget about it. You use it as fuel for the fire. It's pushing us harder, we are all going to remember it, but we are going to overcome it. We have a new coach, a new year, a new team, and its time to get it done."

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