November 14, 2012
The Hawk Newspaper
BASKETBALL PREVIEW Rising to the occasion
CONNOR DEHEL ’15 Sports Editor On Jan. 18, 2012, under the bright lights at the Cintas Center, the home of the Xavier Musketeers, guard Chris Wilson, then a freshman, started over an injured Carl Jones, ’13. Now, as Jones sits with a suspension, Wilson has yet another chance to lead the Hawks to glory against nationally-ranked Notre Dame this weekend at the Barclays Center. Do not expect to see the same Chris Wilson that you saw from last year. The 20122013 version of Wilson is new and improved. Having taken advantage of the summer workouts, Wilson worked on his shot, which he and coach David Duda reconstructed at the end of last season. If you happen to follow Wilson on Twitter (he has over 20,000 tweets), you would see the amount of times he goes to the gym, some days an upwards of three times. “After the season, I got with [David] Duda, and we completely reconstructed my mechanics. I had some flaws in my mechanics that were holding me back, no matter how many reps I put in,” said Wilson. “[This] was holding me back from [being] the shooter that I wanted to be, so I got with Duda and worked hard in the spring and the summer.
The fall was all about getting reps up and shooting it the same way every time and building confidence.” Wilson, who made 32 out of 88 field goals last season, earned the praise of head coach Phil Martelli for his hard work this summer. “I am very, very pleased with how he has handled the
offseason, and for what we need, that is a big, big role,” Martelli said. He continued, “Chris is a prototypical point guard, he has made effective use of his offseason to improve…It sounds crazy, but he is a little less confident, so therefore he is a better player.”
Being away from home, making new friends, and missing your parents is often the case for many freshmen. Having to balance not only school but also basketball is a tough task, and for Wilson, he went through those experiences and those adjustments of being a freshman. “Last year [felt like] a big-time roller coaster year, just getting used to being away from home [was] a big adjustment being away from family and friends and trying to get used to the program. [I had to make] so many adjustments…and as a freshman, I wanted to be more consistent but I wasn’t ready for it. It was stuff that I had to work for and now going through it the second time I just feel more comfortable.” As Wilson begins another season at Hawk Hill, the trend for college basketball players is to make a leap in the level of their game from freshman year to sophomore year. Hopefully that is the case for Wilson, as if any early indication points out, he will not be a stranger to the court.
GEAUX GALLOWAY CONNOR DEHEL ’15 Sports Editor
After the loss to Northern Iowa in the NIT last year, guard Langston Galloway, ’14, was seen sitting at his locker with a towel draped over his head as the feeling of frustration engulfed the sharpshooter. Fast forward to October of 2012, where the Saint Joseph’s Hawks are the preseason favorite to win the Atlantic 10, with the Baton Rouge, Louisiana guard as their leader. Galloway, a member of the A-10’s All Conference Second Team in 2011-2012, was the Hawk’s second leading scorer during the 2011-2012 season, notching 15.5 points per game. He has moreover established himself as one of the best shooters in the nation with 46.6 threepoint percentage, good enough for first in the Atlantic 10. The junior guard’s accolades don’t stop there—he was named to the All Big 5 First Team and also received the John P. Hilferty award for team MVP, marking the second year in a row that Galloway received the award. With all of that being said, Galloway is by no means a “me first” type of player. In fact, he’s anything but. He’s deeply invested in team camaraderie and chemistry. If you are searching for an example of a man “with, and for, others,” look no further. Galloway possesses an inherently competitive spirit, a veritable “never-say-die” type of attitude. It’s safe to say that his ethic and demeanor is contagious, inspiring extra effort from his teammates. Galloway’s competitive nature is ubiquitous,
manifesting itself even in video game battles with friends. “Living with Lang is very competitive. He is competitive in everything we do. Even if its video games he just does not like to lose,” said teammate Daryus Quarles, ’14. Quarles continued, saying, “I feel like I have learned a lot from Lang by seeing how hard he works and being with him and around him every day…[it has] rubbed off on me. He’s a good person to be around. Lang is like my little brother. Everything that he has gotten and everything that he has been praised about since he’s been here has been well deserved. He is a great kid, works hard, he does all the right things… He deserves everything he’s got[ten].” Galloway leads by example. While part of his responsibility as team captain involves addressing his teammates’ behavior on the court, Galloway’s influence extends outside the arena as well. Men’s basketball head coach, Phil Martelli, overviewed the characteristics of being team captain, specifying what he expects from Galloway in this leadership position. “I think that he understands that he has been too critical of himself at times, I think that he understands now that the players have spoken …What I ask for in a captain is that a captain communicates with me as easily as he would communicate with each of them. Each player on this team is saying if Langston comes to them for their conduct off the court, on the court, that they are willing to listen. That’s not easy for Langston to do, but it’s going to be necessary for this team to forget the points scored.
We need to make sure that we have an emotional anchor, and he can provide that.” Halil Kanacevic, ’14, a forward who led the team in assists, also praised Galloway for being team captain. “I think he is doing a great job. He definitely sets a good example for the team, as in doing what you need to do every day on and off the court, so he’s a great pick as a captain. You have to respect the guy:
he comes in and works hard every day, and busts his butt. He is more than welldeserving to be named team captain.” Galloway appreciates the support that he received from his teammates. In a interview with cityofbasketballlove. com, Galloway said, “It’s definitely big knowing that everybody is behind me and knowing what I could do and I could help the team win.”