COUNTY UPPER ALUMNI RETURN TO THE STATES

COUNTY UPPER ALUMNI RETURN TO THE STATES

After a strange end to the season and all of our County Upper Alumni having to take an emergency journey back to England due to the coronavirus, they’re all now safely back on US soil after months of lockdown! Our alumni in the states who were affected by the outbreak were: Breadley Day; Jordan Boyd; Cameron Poolton. We’ve spoken to these three players to see what life is like on campus and how their schools are coping with the transition back after such a strange time.

We asked Jordan Boyd what rules and regulations he has to follow on campus and while playing basketball after the outbreak and he came back with…

“Most of the classes are online so I don’t think many people will be on campus, however with basketball the gym now has limited use and we have to be rotated between all the other sports. I think the coach was also talking about splitting skills training up in to superstar groups that will workout at different times.” We also asked Boyd what he’s been doing since quarantine -basketball, social life and school- and how he coped with this situation as a student athlete…

“When quarantine started I was pretty much just finishing my school work and making sure that I passed, so I was just playing my PlayStation to pass the time. But now that I have finished, I am working out everyday or when I can in the park to get my reps in, as well as working in my ball control. My social life took a slight hit,  as I couldn’t do much with my friends but now things are starting to open I am seeing them a lot more and we are doing things like go karting and actually celebrating our birthdays with small gatherings.” We asked Boyd what his support was like and how the coaching staff had helped him since being to the states and this was his reply…

“They have been nice. The head coach is a really cool guy and all the coaches are approachable and willing to help out, whether it’s on the court or with school work.” He also described his first impressions on the campus and the athletics; “the campus was big for a juco and the school has a lot of people just walking around. The athletes I didn’t really expect much as it’s mostly the team returning from last year and I know what all of them can do so it’s just a matter of showing that I’m better.” Boyd also mentioned that he fortunately won’t have to face a 14 day quarantine after his arrival in the states and added…

“I will not be staying in a dorm because I have an apartment. The gym and the campus are closed until further notice so I have had to get a gym membership to the local gym to lift weights and get my reps in.  In the mornings I do my school work to get it all out the way so I have the rest of the day to get a few workouts in and go about my day.” Boyd also mentioned he hasn’t yet ‘met any of his new teammates’ and freshmen on the team for this season because he’s ‘leaving this Sunday’ (the 30th) so hasn’t yet been back since the coronavirus outbreak. We wish Jordan all the best going back to the States for this season!

Cameron Poolton flew out to the States as a freshmen on the 29th of July, however his arrival was rather strange.

“I quarantined in a separate dorm for 2 weeks, I was allowed outside to exercise at certain times of the day. I would get up and workout then go eat breakfast and speak to friends online, then get lunch. Then I could go shoot outside and get dinner,” Poolton said.  But despite his strange arrival he emphasised how ‘beautiful the campus is and that everyone is so welcoming, fun and hard working!’ We too asked Poolton what might change due to the coronavirus during his season and he mentioned that luckily that his ‘season will be going ahead as normal.’ We asked Cameron what the coaching staff was like…

“The coaching staff have been great, helping me and talking to me. Communication has been great. I also met all my teammates once I got out of quarantine , they’re really nice and have been helpful with my adjustment.” 

And finally we have Braley Day who returned to the States on the 4th of August, approaching his second year overseas. After a long time in quarantine Day emphasised, “I was super excited to get back at DMACC as I have built a lot of friendships in the past year. In addition, I was eager to get back on the basketball court as our season was unfinished on are national tournament run. All of my teammates have arrived and I think we have a great bunch of guys. We have tall, strong and athletic guys which will be a great addition to are team in order to compete in the toughest region in njcaa div 2 basketball. Hopefully we can finish we’re we left off last year with our 29-4 run. ” We also asked Brad what the coaching staff was like at DMACC and how they helped him through these strange times as well as any additions to campus life that might have changed due to the outbreak…

 “Are last head coach Josh Sash was a fantastic coach for us, as he made a huge statement for dmacc by coaching us undefeated in “the den” at home last year. Coach Sash then moved on to NDSU as a assistant at a division 1 programme which is a great addition to any team. This year are new coach is Coach Putz who coached at places such as Chicago state (Div1) and Omaha (div 1) my first impressions of him is that he is a really nice, fun to be around coach. Putz is very keen on building this team up and giving us the best chance to do whatever it takes to win a national championship.”

“The rules this year around campus are very strict. We’re allowed no guests in the apartments and not even you’re teammates from different rooms are aloud to be in your rooms. Face mask are to be worn at all time unless in the weight room or the basketball court or in you’re rooms. We started doing workouts everyday from the 26th and we just had a conditioning training session at 6am this morning which was a good way to get back into things. ” We wish Bradley Day al the best in his second year at DMACC!

We wish all of our Alumni good luck going into next season in hope that the outbreak doesn’t effect it too much! Keep doing County proud!

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