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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, November 3, 2012

Oakland's renewed commitment to strength and conditioning already paying off

At times late last season, Oakland coach Greg Kampe lamented his young team’s lack of size and physical strength. Then he got busy bulking up his Golden Grizzlies.
“As a young team last year, it was a glaring weakness," he said at the team's media day.
In late April, Oakland announced it had promoted Sam Brown to assistant director of strength and conditioning specializing with the men’s and women’s basketball teams.
Kampe again noted the renewed emphasis after an exhibition win over Davenport earlier this week, saying transfer Duke Mondy has put on roughly 20 pounds, further enhancing his noted passing ability.
“When were a dominant team, we worked got away from that strength,” Kampe said, recalling praise of his team’s strength from UCLA coach Ben Howland.
“That’s always been a staple of ours and we kind of got away from that.
“This offseason, the No. 1 priority has been to get bigger and stronger.”
In another example, Kampe noted forward Corey Petros could only do one pull-up at the end of last season. He completed 26 when he was tested this fall.
In a few short months, there's been a marked improvement off the court and time will tell the full scope of those gains on the hardwood.


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