INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indianapolis University men’s basketball is on the move again behind sophomore head coach Paul Corsaro.
The Greyhounds jumped to a 10-3 start this season, including a recent six-game win that propelled the team to the top of the Great Lakes Valley Conference game.
The 16 players on Carsaro’s roster are a mix of former high school stars from downtown Indiana, including Warren Central graduate and current leading scorer Jesse Bingham (15.3 points per game), and out-of-state prospects such as Cory Miller Jr. . (14.0 points per game). game) and Kendrick Tchoua (12.4 points per game), who have become top-tier Division II talents.
And at this time of year, no growing program is taking shortcuts.
Movie sessions are more dialed in. The details of the exercise are emphasized from the first whistle to the last horn.
Even with the grunt work behind the scenes, it calls for extra focus.
If you’re unfamiliar, A Day in the Life of a Division II Basketball Student Manager wasn’t made for Instagram.
The three UIndy managers wear their title with pride this season.
“We (team managers) will be here an hour before practice and start sweeping the entire track or taking things outside to practice,” said Greyhounds freshman manager Colin Carter. “Start taping (the floor), get towels, get water bottles ready.”
“Once practice starts, Colin will run the clock, and I’ll go out and I’ll bounce back,” said Ron Roberts, Greyhounds freshman manager. “Then I’ll be on pads (in defensive drills), or with towels ready to wipe the floor if needed.”
Over the past week, the Greyhounds’ three dedicated student managers caused a stir on social media.
At a post-training meeting on center court, Corsaro called his managers to the front of the team.
“It felt like when your teacher calls you out when you’re in trouble, I’m racking my brain trying to figure out what I screwed up,” Roberts said. “Did I forget to add some water, did I not fold the towels properly?”
It turns out that the managers did everything right that day and in total this season.
The next moment was gold in college basketball.
Corsaro revealed the news he shared with his players behind closed doors earlier that day: The Greyhounds’ student managers will be getting a scholarship for the rest of the semester.
The scene that followed was of 16 players harassing a stunned Roberts and Carter.
Joey Mesenbrink, the student manager who provides team videography on social media, was unable to attend the training and found out separately.
His reaction? Same. Priceless.
“Just being brought in to be the videographer for this team, it was a bit of a shock,” said Mesenbrink. “Just, really unexpected. Something I didn’t expect at all.”
“I’ve never seen anything like it and it was just unbelievable that it could happen,” said Carter. “It’s great to be here, to have this experience and this opportunity.”
“It was an incredible moment,” said Roberts. “It was a moment I will never forget.”
What the Greyhounds will walk away with for the rest of 2022 is a seasonally changing “thank you” straight to college basketball’s most thankless position.
“I think it says a lot about our team,” Corsaro said. “We have guys with big hearts. And for them it’s about more than just basketball, they value people. To make a difference in someone else’s life, there’s nothing better than that.”
We’ll be seeing highlights from the Greyhounds all winter, but not one that will top this.