October 16, 2012 in Division I
Oakland University coach Greg Kampe fielded questions from reporters at Media Day last week, and foremost among those questions is how, exactly, Oakland plans to move on without Reggie Hamilton, the top scorer in the country last season. Via Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press, Kampe wasn’t exactly thrilled to hear that question:
“I’m surprised to hear that,” Kampe said at OU’s media day Friday. “This is the 29th team I’ve coached and each of those teams had a star. Our system makes kids stars. We’re going to have somebody average 18-20 points per game this year, that’s just our system. It’s probably going to be Travis (Bader). If it’s not, it’s going to be Duke Mondy probably. The system itself is not going to change. I haven’t even thought about Reggie not being here.”
Huh … that sounds like an unnecessarily defensive reply to a pretty fair question. I’m sure that’s probably not how Kampe wanted it to sound, but it’s kind of an indirect slam at those supposedly system-created star players, many of whom have gone on to be good professional players, over the years.
But, via Paul Kampe (no relation) of The Oakland Press, Kampe did hand out some praise to Mondy, a Providence transfer, at Media Day:
“He might be the best passer I’ve ever coached,” Kampe said, noting former guard Johnathon Jones, who led the nation in assists in 2008-09. “He’s hitting people in the nose. In practice, he’s the best passer I’ve ever seen. We’ll see if that translates into games.”