In preparation for this upcoming season, new Kansas strength coach Ramsey Nijem is putting the Jayhawks through rigorous drills at camp. It hasn’t affected veterans on the roster like Marcus Garrett, but it hasn’t been a smooth transition for the incoming freshmen.
With longtime strength coach Andrea Hudy now part of the Texas Longhorns’ staff, the Jayhawks hired Nijem to take on the role.
Although Nijem put the team through a tough first day of practice, Garrett had nothing but praise for the new strength coach. He said he’s been energetic from the moment he joined the staff.
Kansas has a handful of veterans to lead its roster this season, including Udoka Azubuike, Devon Dotson and Garrett. Intense practices might not affect them, however, they certainly shocked the new members on the Jayhawks.
“They were pressured about the situation,” Garrett said of KU’s first-year players. “They didn’t know what to expect. Once they finally got out there, you could tell they were just shocked with all the running. The first day (is the hardest for the newcomers) because I feel like once your body gets used to it, once you get used to waking up that early and you get used to the drills, you can find ways around it.”
The full conversation between Garrett and KUsports.com can be viewed here.
Garrett is hoping to stay healthy this upcoming season for Kansas basketball, after missing time last year with an ankle injury.
Last season, Garrett had 7.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game for the Jayhawks. His offensive skillset continues to improve year by year.