Hard to believe that college basketball is already upon us, but Indiana State University's men's' basketball tipped off its preseason slate with the Annual Blue and White Scrimmage on Monday evening.
This season however will include a pair of Clay County products in 2003 Clay City graduate Elliott Booe and 2004 Northview grad Logan Whitman.
Booe is entering his second season with the Sycamores and has plans on playing a bigger role on the court this season after playing in just 10 games and a total of 32 minutes last year.
"I've gotten stronger in the offseason and I'm used to the college game now," Booe commented after Monday's scrimmage. "The major thing for me was to improve my jump shot and I think I've done that."
Head Coach Royce Walton, for one, agrees with Booe. "I think he has the potential to play a good role for us," Walton noted. "He's a good defender and he's a strong athlete. He's put a lot of work in over the Summer."
Booe saw significant minutes during Monday's scrimmage and though he didn't take many shots, did some nice things distributing the ball.
With injuries and illness limiting several Sycamores, Booe might get a little more time in the earlier part of the season.
Injuries are a part of sports, but a part that has Whitman frustrated thus far as a Sycamore.
A bulging disc in his back has limited him to a handful of partial practices over the past couple of weeks and very little actual action on the court.
"It's frustrating not being able to participate," said Whitman. "But we're not going to rush things. I had a steroid shot the other day that will help calm down the nerve in my back."
For those who the effects of a bulging disc in an athletes back, in Whitman's case the disc has begun pressing against nerves in his back which causes shooting pain down to this legs. The discomfort has limited him to only shooting free throws recently.
"The hardest part of not being out there is that I haven't been able to develop any team chemistry on the court," Whitman said.
Waltman is anxious to have Whitman back healthy for the upcoming season. "(Whitman) hasn't been able to practice fully with us," commented Waltman. "I'm anxious to see what he can do."
After a 9-19 season last year, the Sycamores return seven players from last year and have added several talented freshman to the mix. The Sycamores' next action will be at home on Nov. 7 with an exhibition against Bellarmine at 4:05 p.m.