High expectations for ODU basketball team

NORFOLK (WAVY) — The “shot” that lifted Old Dominion into the NIT final four is history.

“I’m just trying to look forward to this coming year now, that’s done now,” said ODU guard Trey Freeman.

Freeman is one of the top players in Conference USA and he’s back for his senior season.

“He’s trying to ease into things and get other guys involved,” coach Jeff Jones said. “I’ll give him about a week on that before I tell him ‘alright enough of that, start looking for your shot.’

Freeman, along with Denzell Taylor and senior Aaron Bacote have been named team captains, and Bacote took his final off season seriously by hitting the weight room

“Aaron, up to this point, had not necessarily gone above and beyond,” Jones said. “Well this summer I think Aaron went above and beyond and you can literally just look at him and tell the difference.”

Bacote has seen it all at ODU, from a five win season as a freshman, to a 27 win season as a junior and he’s looking forward to taking on a leadership roll

“I’ve embraced it, I knew this point was going to come,” Bacote said. “I like being that guy that the younger players can come to, to talk and just ask questions, kind of like an older brother.”

ODU has not made the NCAA Tournament since 2011, and with a team loaded with experience, the Monarchs are hoping this is the year.

“I’m not think too far ahead yet,” Freeman said. “I’m just worried about finishing this year right and trying to get one of those banners up there like the teams before us. That’s been my goal since I got here and just trying to finish the job this year.”

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