Making The Adjustment

Making The Adjustment

The Eagles are 8-3 and are coming off a hard fought win in Atlanta against the Georgia State Panthers. The inexperienced Eagles are growing up quickly as they are fighting their way through a very difficult schedule heading into conference play. We caught up with Daveon Boardingham after practice today, who talked about the challenge and adjustments he's having to make to life in Division One.

The Eagles went through close to a three hour work-out today as they prepare for yet another tough road test. The road warriors have played 8 of their 11 games on the road, and are preparing for another tough test in Wichita State Saturday.

The Golden Eagles continued to polish up as they prepare to get back on the road tomorrow.

"We had a good practice today," forward Daveon Boardingham said in an interview with GoldenEaglePride.com.

"We continued working on our press today and what we thought they'll do again it. We also worked a lot on our zone offense and getting mentally focused for Wichita State."

Boardingham said the gutsy win at Georgia State was a by product of what the Coaches preach to the players everyday at practice.

"We knew we just had to stay calm and composed, and needed to trust our offense and our coaching," he said. "We know if we minimize turnovers and rebound the ball, we'll be fine whoever we play. That's what we did and we escaped there with a win."

Boardingham has seen increased minutes as the season has worn on. He's averaging 4.4 points per game, but is tied for the team leads in blocked shots and averages almost three rebounds per game.

Most importantly, he is learning his role on this team.

"My role is to come out and play with a lot of energy, rebound, and defend," he said. "I am out there to keep balls alive and be a presence in the middle.

"I am getting adjusted from the JuCo level to Division One, and it has taken me a while to get adjusted. The biggest step has been really the mental aspect and coming prepared every day. You just can't take a day off at this level."

Coach Tyndall demands a lot out of his players, and Boardingham says it is the strong relationship they have that enables him to get the most out of his players.

"We have a good staff," he said. "Coach looks at us like we are his kids. We are always around him so he is like a father to us.

"All our coaches are like that. We look up to all of them in that way."

Chemistry has been great as well, and it is obvious the way the players pull for each other.

"Everyone has bought into what Coach is saying," he said. "We are not a team of individuals, we are one group working together toward a goal. I think you see a lot of different guys making plays because of this."

Boardingham knows they'll be put to the test Saturday against a tough Wichita State team on the road.

"They are a similar team to us," he said. "They play hard and play good defense. They rebound well. When you play at their court, its going to be tough because it is hard to win on the road.

"We are ready to come in with our best effort though."

The Eagles will tip off Saturday in Wichita, Kansas at 7:00 CST.

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