The NDNU men’s basketball team recently completed their 2014-2015 campaign under the watchful eye of head coach George Puou this past week with a two game road trip through Southern California, which unfortunately both ended in loses. The season was one of many ups and downs for the Argonauts, however, there were some positives from the season that can be salvaged. Although the Argos posted a record of 4-22 many fans did witness moments of potential from a multitude of players.
The Argos offense was led by Sophomore guard Jalen Young and his relentless drives to the basket and silky smooth mid-range game, which ended with the Ventura Community College transfer posting a team leading 16.6 points per game average. Senior center Don Washington and Junior Jamaal Davis also contributed offensively posting point per game averages of 10.6 and 9.7 respectively. Junior guard James Northrup also contributed heavily leading the team in assists, along with averaging around six points per game.
The Argos defense was anchored by their squadron of big men down low led by Senior Don Washington, Senior Zach Ginter, and Sophomore Korey Serna. Washington used every inch of his 6-6 frame to constantly toss opposing players shots towards the stands. Ginter, who is known for his constant and relentless motor on the court, made countless hustle plays grabbing rebounds and getting essential put backs. Serna saw a lot more playing time in his second year as an Argo and saw a lot of development in his game, which he quote, “hopes to continue on into next year”.
Overall the Argos have a long road ahead of them if they want to see success next season. They graduated two essential players in the front court who will be dearly missed by Argo fans. The team, however, has huge upside especially at the guard positions returning all players (including their leading scorer) from this year’s squad. Freshman guard Chad Schaper hopes to, “learn from his freshman season and use that knowledge to accept and play a bigger role on next years team”. No one knows what is in the cards for the NDNU Argos Men’s Basketball team but with a young crop of talented players the hopes and goals will continue to be set high.