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Media Day 2012.

Delayed a week by Hurricane Sandy, Princeton held its annual preseason Media Day at Jadwin Gym this snowy and blustery afternoon.

Coach Mitch Henderson, Ian Hummer, Will Barrett, Hans Brase and T.J. Bray spoke to about the upcoming season. A number of questions raised earlier today were answered along the way.

In both queries asked and answers given this was one of the better Media Days in some time.

25 Robert Solomon photos have since been added to this post, plus some details on a couple of potential roster additions and observations in addition to the audio which follows after the jump.

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Coach Mitch Henderson interview:

Ian Hummer interview:

Will Barrett interview:

Hans Brase interview:

T.J. Bray interview:

That's freshman center Edo Lawrence shooting the ball in this wide shot.

Brendan Connolly.

Bobby Garbade.

Mack Darrow.

Chris Clement.

Denton Koon sitting with a promotion to Princeton's 2012-13 roster, senior Ameer Elbuluk - who has shown up as a then-nameless guard in multiple recaps of JV games the past few seasons.

Connolly working on free throws.

Director of Basketball Operations Brett MacConnell and Coach Henderson watch the floor.

I believe this is former Princeton football player Isaac Serwanga (6'3", 195 lbs), who hasn't been on a basketball team since his junior year in high school. Serwanga's been practicing with the Tigers this preseason but his eligibility for games is pending. He was wearing #25 today.

Barrett, Elbuluk, Lawrence and Darrow.

Ian Hummer.

Serwanga, Barrett, Garbade and Lawrence.

A brief huddle. Tom Noonan was present at practice but not in uniform. The only player I did not observe was Daniel Edwards but I was told in advance that some Tigers might have class conflicts.

Clay Wilson.

Edo Lawrence.

Koon and Henderson converse.

Darrow working on his jumper.

The three freshmen bookend Koon and Elbuluk. I was surprised to hear both Coach Henderson and multiple upperclassmen rave about how Hans Brase (second from left) looked in the preseason scrimmages. Mason Rocca comparisons are always welcome around these parts.

From what was said today it sounds like Brase will join Hummer, Bray, Barrett, Koon, Darrow, Connolly, Wilson and Clement in the early rotation.

Another look at Serwanga.

Team manager Matt Blackburn makes his post move versus Clement.

Paul Witteman said,

November 7, 2012 @ 10:02 pm

Must be doing something wrong. Unable to get the audio to work, tech troglodyte that I am

Jon Solomon said,

November 7, 2012 @ 11:07 pm

What browser/OS are you running, Paul?

Stuart Schulman said,

November 8, 2012 @ 9:38 am

thanks and kudos to Team Solomon!

Jon Solomon said,

November 8, 2012 @ 9:45 am

Extra special thanks to the member of Team Solomon who drove down from north Jersey during a snowstorm to shoot photographs. All I had to do was come across campus!

Matt Walter said,

November 8, 2012 @ 10:04 am

Either Connolly is not 6'11" or Lawrence is not 7'1". Jon, which is it?

Jon Solomon said,

November 8, 2012 @ 10:11 am

Did not get to see them side-by-side but It is more likely Lawrence is under-listed than Connolly is over-listed. I'm 6'3" and they both tower over me.

Matt Walter said,

November 8, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

I'm confident you could still take 'em with a sneaky shoulder lean, deft head fake, and sweet baby hook back the other way.

George Clark said,

November 8, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

Marvelous media day coverage. Best interview of Henderson I have heard. He's usually rather reserved and given to the use of cliches. Not this time. I didn't hear any false modesty, and that's encouraging if also a little unsettling. He is setting the bar high and the kids are quite happy to take up the challenge. Biggest news to me is his forthright assessment of Brase and the likelihood that he will see significant playing time. He is actually bigger than Hummer physically. If this group stays healthy they will give opponents a lot to deal with. If the Orangemen aren't ready to play....who knows? Should be quite an early season night.

Jon Solomon said,

November 8, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

George, I'd put Will Barrett appearing to be a completely changed person a close second.

If Brase can attack the glass as described there's a lot of fun combos to be had up front between Hummer/Connolly/Darrow/Barrett/Brase/Koon.


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