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Basking in a New season: Men's Basketball Outlook

Updated: Sep 1, 2021

By Maxmillian Robinson

After experiencing a suspended fall season, many athletic programs across the country lost their integrity. Due to funding, many schools had to downsize, eliminate their athletic programs, with some, ceasing operations. However, not Adelphi. Our athletic teams, specifically the men’s basketball team, continues to keep their foundation of core players, while also adding key pieces to the puzzle.

Guard Isaiah Salter, a redshirted junior, is prepared to get back on the court this fall. Photos on this page from AU Athletics

“We will have a few new names on the roster,” said David Duke, men's basketball coach. “Matt Price, Jake Hlywiak and Niv Rozenholtz; all three new guys bring skill sets that complement the team very well. They can all defend a variety of positions on defense and are very skilled on the offensive side of the ball.”

During their last season of play in 2020, the Panther men placed second in the southwestern division of their conference, the Northeast 10. They finished with an in-conference record of 11 wins, 8 loses, an overall record of 18 and 11. No years of eligibility were lost for any players, which means that they can build off the chemistry they've gained through practice as teammates together and help the incoming players transition into their style of play.

But athletes aren’t the only thing that this team is adding.

“We have assistant coaches Jon Severe and Brian Kerins joining the staff,” Duke said. “I recruited Jon when I was an assistant coach at Fordham. He was a [high school] parade all-American. [Brian] was the head manager at Iona prior to joining our staff.”

The men's basketball team is gearing up for what could be the most anticipating season yet with a strong team that consistently continues getting better. They will be battle tested throughout the season.

Fortunately, this battle won’t be dealt with alone.

“We have missed being on the court with the terrific fan base of students and the Adelphi community,” Duke said. “We are all looking forward to seeing everybody back at the CRS [Center for Recreation and Sports] this season.”

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