With the Orlando Antigua era officially beginning in less than a month, USF Men’s Basketball held their media day where coach Orlando Antigua, Corey Allen Jr., and more slender Chris Perry were all on hand to speak about the upcoming season. A couple of key themes were discussed.
One aspect that was emphasized was the offseason conditioning program the players went through over the summer. Antigua has made it known that he wants the Bulls to run an up tempo, pressure offense and his players need to be in shape to accomplish this.
As Corey Allen Jr. described, “Conditioning was hard at first, but we can definitely run the floor and defend the ball longer." The players also praised the coaching the staff for immediately coming in and instilling a level of discipline not seen in the program recently.
A healthy Anthony Collins will play a huge factor for the Bulls in the upcoming season. As Chris Perry pointed out, "His knee is looking really good. He's the biggest piece for our success this year."
Coach Antigua described the benefit of having a leader like Collins running a brand new offense, “AC is a really smart player. He watches a lot of basketball. He's really a coach and was immediately excited once we explained to him what we're trying to do."
With a new coaching staff on a team coming off a 12-20 season with a virtually brand new roster, coach Antigua understands that it will take time for the young guys to learn and adjust to the new system.
When asked if he and the team embraces the role of being underdogs this season, his response was a swift “Absolutely. I've been an underdog my whole life. Being an underdog gives you an extra incentive and extra motivation every day."
USF will play an exhibition game at home against IU-Pennsylvania on November 8th before officially opening up the regular season on November 14th by hosting Flagler College.