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Heart Over Height: Tempchin Welcomes Challenge of Division I Basketball

Discussion in 'Basketball' started by Washingtonian, Jul 2, 2018.

  1. Washingtonian

    Washingtonian Hall of Famer

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    With no scholarship money and limited playing time in games, a walk-on makes his mark in practice, where digesting the scouting report and challenging the team's starters and key reserves in reps is vital to a team's overall success.

    It may be a thankless job, but Mason student-athletes and coaches are thankful that Tempchin is around to push the Patriots as they prepare for the 2018-19 season.

    "A lot of what Jack does won't show up in a box score, but every person in our program knows the value he provides," head coach Dave Paulsen said. "He's a great teammate and our guys love him and respect him. He fits in seamlessly and embodies the values we try to teach here at Mason."
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  2. Patriotsince81

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    At the Open House last week I was happy to see that Tempchin, Diclementi, and Garrett were all still part of the team. Add Logan Samuels this year. One more indicator that Paulsen continues to do the right thing. Many coaches would have cast off all the walk-ons once the scholarship roster filled out. Go Mason.
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  3. jessej

    jessej Preferred Walk-On

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    Nowadays most coaches understand the strategic value of the walk ons, even if the main goal is to improve the Team GPA. I hope some of those guys get some form of a scholarship at some point for their efforts and reward.
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2018
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  4. GreenLantern

    GreenLantern All-American

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    Classy article. Paulsen has gone so far to restore this program to what it should be. Makes me even more jazzed for the season ahead.
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  5. psyclone

    psyclone All-Conference

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  6. GMU_DCU

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    Here's hoping we blow out some teams this year so these kids can get a few well deserved runs.
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  7. The Great PATSby

    The Great PATSby Starter

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    I love it when the walk-ons play. One thing that frustrated me last year was too often, we let a double digit 2nd half lead diminish. Hope that's something we work on for this year. The list below is from last year.

    L 70-77 W&M: 12 point lead with 11:28 remaining
    W 81-79 St. Joes: 12 point lead with 8:55 remaining
    W 79-75 Richmond : 15 point lead with 11:56 remaining
    L 66-67 Fordham : 11 point lead with 13:03 remaining
    W 72-65 GW: 14 point lead with 3:16 remaining
    L 69-62 LaSalle: 13 point lead at half
    W 79-76 St. Joes: 20 point lead with 14:56 remaining
    W 78-76OT UMASS: 16 point lead with 19:04
  8. Mason2005

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    You have to consider we only had 8 players last season. Cocaine isn't legal yet in college basketball.

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  9. JPgmuswim

    JPgmuswim Sixth Man

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    Most of you probably don't realize but long before Jack was helping our team prepare for games in practices he was helping The Eagles write hit songs back in the day.

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