MARIANNA, Fla (WJHG/WECP) - Like most juco basketball teams in the region, the Chipola women's basketball squad is into serious summer workouts.
Coach Greg Franklin and his program coming off a 14-13 season last year. The team dealing with several injuries and other adversity. More than half the squad has been turned over with seven new faces on hand now.
"We have several international kids we signed," Greg Franklin, Chipola Women's Basketball coach said. "Most of them will be here at the end of July, first of August. Three from Congo, a kid from Nigeria and then we have a kid from Brazil. So we're loaded up. We've got a lot of our returners back right now except for one kid. We have a transfer from LSU. She's here now, D. Patterson. She's doing well, she's doing really well."
So summer, a very important time to get them acclimated to the system. Franklin says these summer workouts differ from what they do in the fall.
"Summer to fall, summer's more skill development," Franklin said. "The weight room, trying to develop more strength, probably lifting heavier than we would during the regular season. Right now trying to grow a little bit. The fall's going to be more team oriented, team defense, team offense and things like that."
Coach says bringing in these foreign born players is always a great experience, and it creates a great learning environment that works both ways.
"No, I find it's easier for them to acclimate to us," Franklin said. "We learn so much more from them than they do from us, to be honest with you. Just so appreciative of having them come over and go to school first. Playing basketball is probably secondary for them. But it's been their tool where they get the opportunity to be on campus at Chipola."
Coach says these workouts will continue to the end of July, then take some weeks off to get recharged so they can be good to go come the fall.