One of the few good things about winter, in my opinion, is basketball season. One of my winter activities over the past few years has been to go over and watch college hoops at SUNY Adirondack.
While the men's team there has struggled the past few seasons, the hoops is usually entertaining, with teams of top-notch juco talent from around the state coming to the gym on Bay Road. Some of the best high school players from the state go the juco route, for a variety of reasons, and D-1 talent is not uncommon.
Longtime coach Bill Haskell left his post after last season, and the college brought in a guy who seems to have injected some new enthusiasm into the program. New coach Ra'Kim Hollis is a former Division I hoops star who played professionally overseas, and with just a short amount of time to recruit after getting the job in August, has put together an entertaining squad.
The Timberwolves kicked off their season with a 100-95 overtime loss against a good team from Cayuga County Community College. Hollis' team plays a fun, up-tempo style, pressing and using pretty much his whole roster.
His main recruit from the summer, freshman guard Roland Hubbard from Texas, finished with some phenomenal drives to the rim, and a cast of local kids (former Hudson Falls star Cam Jett) and kids from outside the region should make for a competitive season.
Hollis was more animated and involved with his team, coaching plenty during the game, than we have seen at the college in a long time. He had a big hug for star forward Elijah Davis after he fouled out Sunday.
It will be interesting to see what Hollis can accomplish given some time to recruit.
And if you are looking to watch some fun hoops as winter takes hold, take a ride over to our local college's campus.
-- Don Lehman