CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Charleston Southern Men’s Basketball Team was profiled by the CBS Sports Blog, Eye on College Basketball, on Thursday morning. As part of the site’s continuing summer feature, Trippin’, CBS College Basketball Recruiting Blogger Jeff Borzello talked to CSU Head Coach Barclay Radebaugh about the Bucs’ mission trip to the Dominican Republic, and previewed the upcoming 2012-2013 season.
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Borzello writes.... Charleston Southern went to the Dominican Republic to play three games, but coach Barclay Radebaugh wanted to go for something different.
Radebaugh pressed his players to do more than just learn about the culture – he wanted them to feel it.
“We wanted to help the people of the Dominican Republic,” Radebaugh said. “We visited an orphanage twice. We visited a sugar cane village. We went to church as a team.”
On the court, Charleston Southern went 3-0 during the five-day trip, but Radebaugh said the most important thing was the experience.
“It was a little different flavor on the trip,” he said. “I just really wanted us to step outside of ourselves a little bit.”
Who stood out: Jeremy Sexton. “He had a great, great summer. He never worked as hard as he worked this summer. And it paid off. He scored the ball, the best he's been since he came to Charleston Southern. He's really done a great job in the weight room, worked out twice a day all summer. And you could see it. He's taken it to another level."
Six of Charleston Southern's 12 losses last season came by five points or fewer. “We were starting three freshmen last year,” Radebaugh said. “Hopefully the experience will help us. They're not just sophomores; they're sophomores with a ton of experience.”