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Drew Ellis covers Oakland University basketball for The Oakland Press. His news and notes keep you up to date with Golden Grizzlies men's basketball.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Grizzlies get pumped for Summit League Tournament with inspirational flick

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — While many of their college counterparts were likely taking in the party-inspired “Project X” last night, Oakland’s team took in “Act Of Valor,” where an elite team of Navy SEALs charts a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent, according to Internet Movie Database.
The Golden Grizzlies also read the inspirational “Lone Survivor” and underwent “Judgement Day” training this past offseason. The regiment included intense outdoor and underwater training.
“The whole code that we live by and breathe came from this Navy SEAL thing,” longtime Oakland coach Greg Kampe said. “Having been through that and seeing it with real actors was a very moving night for us.”
Players were hyped up and ready to take the court after leaving the theater, making their declarations via Twitter Friday night.
“We know what our mission is,” junior Drew Valentine said. “We have to go out there and execute and have each other’s backs and be a team.”  

Kampe decided to adopt the armed forces motif after losing longtime floor general Johnathon Jones to graduation after four years of service at point guard. Kampe got the idea for the attitude adjustment after his son Branch, a star quarterback at Royal Oak Shrine, was being recruited by West Point.
“After we lost the leadership of Johnathon Jones, we needed a new route,” Kampe said. “We had been a certain theme for four years and our greatest leader ever was leaving and that’s why we went to this.”
The team can also also be seen wearing dog tags and/or a camouflage T-shirt with the slogan “Win The Day” printed on the back.


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