Incoming transfers aim to add extra element to team

By Brett Shweky/Sports Director

 

The 2017-2018 season for the men’s basketball team will feature an abundant amount of newcomers, that look to establish themselves as leaders for the squad.

Trejon Jacob and Josh Stamps, who recently transferred to the program, were first and second in scoring for FIU in the first game of the season and look to continue this high performance going forward.

Jacob came off the bench in his debut and led the Panthers in scoring in their first game of the season against Florida Memorial with 18 points. Stamps managed to score 15 points and also brought in four rebounds.

The sophomore guard discussed his optimism for playing his debut game as a Panther and explained that he wanted to add an extra element of offense.

“It felt very exciting, I just wanted to give an extra boost of offense since we were a little bit slow in the beginning, but that goes to my teammates for giving me the ball,” said Jacob.

Going into his debut game, Jacob explained that he wanted to have an efficient performance and wanted to focus on the defensive aspect.

“Stay sound and know your personnel,” said Jacob. We are always go over defense in practice, and that is often our main focus. So I just wanted to do that and stay in character.”

Stamps in his debut game for the Panthers, led the team in three-point makes and attempts, and explained that he was just playing within his game.

“I started off slow and I was rushing shots,” said Stamps. “Coach told me last game, I was rushing my shots and told me to let it come to me.”

FIU managed to start the second half against Florida Memorial with a 12-0 run and established a significant lead for the team. The Panthers led Florida Memorial by as many as 28 points.

Coach Evans explained following the game that for the team to replicate performances such as this, the team will have to continue to play hard defensively and offensively.

“Just be active,” said Evans. “We’ve been working on that everyday to be active and get deflections. We have goals that we try to reach every single game and we were able to do that tonight.”

The Panthers will return to action on Nov. 27, 2017, as the team hosts the South Carolina Gamecocks from the Ocean Bank Convocation Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

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