NBA All-Star Weekend

Assistant Sports Information Director Chip Whipple interviewed the Generals before a recent practice to ask them what their favorite moments were from the NBA All-Star weekend.

Up Next: We’ll either preview the ODAC Tournament or Head Coach Adam Hutchinson will offer his final thoughts on the season depending on the Generals’ result in Tuesday’s ODAC play-in game.

Midway Through the ODAC Schedule

By: Andy Kleinlein ’17

First-year guard Andy Kleinlein

First-year guard Andy Kleinlein

Voted as the worst interviewer on the team, it shocks me that I have been asked to write this post, but after a long wait, the W&L world finally gets to hear from me (unless a deleted scenes video is shown.) This past summer, when Blake, Austin, Stephen and I were working camp with a few of the upperclassmen and learning the ways of Lexington (mostly how much we dislike Darren), Jim, stinkin’ on a farm somewhere in Colorado, took his time to text each one of us. While I obviously thought he was really weird at the time and still do, it showed how much he cares about the program and about us. The transition to college basketball is difficult, but with the leadership of Pat, Jim, and Kevin, it has been made a lot easier. Everyday, they challenge us to “make the jump,” like our beloved idol Ben Goetsch did a few years back, and these leaders constantly hold us accountable for our actions on and off the court.

As we arrive at the midpoint in the conference season, us first-year players have learned how challenging life is in the ODAC. Regardless how many times Kevin or Pat have ripped out their mouth guards to correct our mistakes in practice, or how many times we’ve been hit with Jim’s elbows, forearms, shoulders, knees, hips, etc., it did not fully prepare us with what we would be facing. Every possession is a test of will. So far, things have not gone as we envisioned, but for many teams, losing creates dissension. For this team, the losses have brought us closer, searching everyday for a way to improve and scrap for a win. In order to achieve our common goal of winning the ODAC Championship, our focus has shifted to “closing the gap.” In a recent meeting, the captains challenged us to reflect on our daily lives and see where basketball ranks in our priorities. Individually, we made certain commitments to close our own gap so we can close the gap as a team. With a number of close losses, we know that drastic changes do not have to be made. A few little mistakes here and there are keeping us from achieving our goal. We do not know which loose ball, rebound or hustle play could turn our season around, so we are now concentrating on playing every possession like it’s a one-possession game. On a positive note, it’s still only halfway through the conference season and there’s still a lot of basketball to be played. We know that with the group of guys we have, including our coaches, (and our close friends painted in blue every home game), we can still achieve our ultimate goal of holding up the ODAC Championship trophy at the end of February.

Next Up: We mic the coaches for a video look at a W&L men’s basketball practice. That’s coming up next week.

A Day in the Life of Andrew Franz

The Washington and Lee Sports Information Department followed around sophomore basketball player Andrew Franz on Thursday, January 23 to show a day in the life of a W&L student-athlete.

Franz’s day turned out to be anything but typical with a surprise cancellation of practice for team bonding.  Though he has a packed class schedule on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Franz enjoys just one class on Tuesday and Thursday, allowing for some down time and relaxing with friends and teammates.  We hope you enjoy this look into the life of Andrew Franz.

Next up: First-year guard Andy Kleinlein offers his take at the halfway point of the league schedule.

Generals’ Gameday Mic’d Up

The W&L Sports Information Department mic’d up Head Coach Adam Hutchinson during Wednesday’s 56-52 loss to Randolph.  Hear what he had to say before, during and after the game in this video feature.

Up Next: Next week we follow sophomore forward Andrew Franz with a “day in the life” video feature.  From the moment he wakes until he calls it a night, you’ll see what a typical day is like for the Charlotte, N.C., native.