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June 21, 2012The majority of the 2012-13 Central Michigan men's basketball team will arrive in Mount Pleasant this weekend, in time to start the second session of summer school on Monday, and for the first time the CMU coaching staff will have an opportunity to work with the team prior to the fall semester.
New NCAA legislation allows two hours of full-team skill instruction and six hours of strength and conditioning activities per week. In the past, NCAA rules prohibited coaches from working with their student-athletes in the summer.
"It couldn't come at a better time for our program," said first-year head coach Keno Davis who has added seven new incoming recruits in the past two months. "With the combination of a new staff and so many new players, this should allow us to speed up the learning curve."
Central Michigan's new additions include John Simons, DJ Richardson, Blake Hibbits, DeAndray Buckley, Kyle Randell, Chris Fowler, and Austin Stewart.
"I'm excited about working with our incoming class," said Davis. "Our staff worked extremely hard to bring in the student-athletes who would be the best fit for CMU."
Not only will the added time help players' progression on the court, but it is also an incentive to aid in progression toward graduation.
Under the new rule, in order to have access to workouts with coaches, incoming freshmen must be enrolled in summer school. Sophomores must either be in summer school or have completed 30 semester hours with at least a 2.2 grade-point average, while juniors and seniors must continue making progress toward graduation and/or be in summer school.
The Chippewas will hold their first official team workout under Davis Tuesday evening.
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