Turnover Facilitates New Style for Phoenix
It may only be July but the Green Bay Phoenix are turning up the heat.
"We have a lot of guys capable of doing things in the open floor," said Brian Wardle about the teams up-tempo practices. Gone are 6 players from a year ago, including five transfers, who combined to shoot 41 percent from the floor.
Meaning the Phoenix are a lesson in reinvention during summer workouts.
"The personnel we have in that locker room right now, I'm really excited for," said Wardle. "We gotta play a little bit faster, we have great athleticism we got good length [and] good size."
The season is months away and for now it's just summer practice, but the team admits it's the future of Phoenix hoops.
"[My} first two years we played pretty slow so we can still slow it down," said Junior Guard Keifer Sykes, "but we're trying to get up and down with more athletic guys."
On the back end, the main cogs in a defense that lead the Horizon League in blocks and rebounding margin are back.
And now want to get out and run a year after GB finished 212th nationally in scoring. Which excites 7 foot center Alec Brown.
"I think it definitely favors me," the senior said. "I don't think a lot of bigs in the league can run that well. So we gotta keep our tempo up and hopefully it helps us out this year."