• Veterans leading the way for ORU this summer

    By: Heather Geller

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    TULSA, Okla. - Despite two losing seasons Oral Roberts head coach, Paul Mills, is confident in the Golden Eagles this upcoming season. An early projection has ORU finishing second in the Summit League conference.

    Well it's one poll, Mills said. The other polls may come out and have something different. But, I think the guys have expectations and because they have expectations that's not anything we're trying to shy away from.

    It's easy to see why ORU has some eyes on them this season by just looking at the roster. They aren't lacking veterans on this team. ORU brings back with guys like now seniors, forward Emmanuel Nzekwesi and guard Sam Kerns who were key last season.

    The best teams in the league the past few years have been senior lead teams, Kerns said. Now we're finally senior heavy and upperclassman heavy is a great feeling because we have a lot of guys who have been there with a lot of experience, and we know how to win.

    Not only the roster, but it's also year three with Mills running the show. As the head coach says that plays a lot into it as well.

    They're used to me now. Not only am I used to them, but they're also used to me. They understand the expectations, and I think all of that aids in competing for a conference championship, Mills said.

    These guys are all in. Despite the last two losing seasons, they haven't quit fighting.

    Resilient. That's something we talk about a lot is being resilient. So that's something I like to associate us with, Kerns said.

    We'll see how just how resilient they'll be as the season gets underway this fall.

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