FAU coach Mike Jarvis instructs his team during the first prtactice of the 2012-13 season. (Owl Access Photo)
Favorable 1st impression
FAU coach Mike Jarvis has a positive outlook after the Owls hold their first practice of the 2012-13 season on Friday.
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BOCA RATON – If there was one thing that's clear after the first basketball practice of the season for Florida Atlantic, it's that newcomers are going to make a mark on this year's team.
The Owls held their first team workout practice of the 2012-13 season on Friday and several players who were going through their first Division I practice made an impression on the coaching staff.
“I liked it very much,” FAU coach Mike Jarvis said of the first practice. “I love these guys. I love this group. I hope I can say that during the season and after the season, but I think I will be able to do that. Not only are they talented, but they are hungry and ready to learn.”
Freshman guard Stefan Moody had extensive time running the point and showed why Jarvis is excited about the Parade All-American.
“It doesn't take long to see how talented Stefan Moody is,” Jarvis said.
Forward Chris Bryant also showed a nice shooter's touch but is going to be a tremendous defensive player and a force on the boards.
And, of course there was center Dragan Sekalja, who sat out last season after transferring from Baylor but practiced with the Owls. Sekalja will be making the adjustment from practicing to practicing with the starters. He appeared to be off to a good start on Friday.
Moody enjoyed his first practice of his college career.
“Right now I'm working on things to be a point guard, but I'm progressing,” Moody said. “I've been looking forward to this. This was completely different from high school.”
Bryant also was smiling after the workout.
“This is exciting for me,” Bryant said. “My motor is always going so it wasn't hard for me, but I was trying to keep everybody's spirit up. It was fun and I love it.”
Bryant thinks this group of seven who will be playing for the first time will leave a mark on the program before they leave.
“I feel we can come in and win, make this program better and make FAU more well-known than it is now,” Bryant said.