Mustang Men’s Basketball Summer Journal Series: Dylan Royer
EDITOR'S NOTE: Senior guard Dylan Royer, who earned a full scholarship for the 2012-13 season, checks in June 22 with the first entry of the Cal Poly men's basketball program's summer journal series. Royer led the Big West Conference last season with a 46.5 (72-for-155) percent three-point mark. Had he met the NCAA statistical minimum for attempts, Royer would have ranked fifth nationally from the arc among approximately 4,225 Division I players.
Overall, Cal Poly is expected to return two starters and six letterwinners from last year's squad that reached the Big West Tournament semifinals and won 18 games – the second-highest total during the program's Division I tenure. One of the NCAA's top defensive programs during the previous two years, Cal Poly finished the 2011-12 season ranked sixth nationally in opponent rebounds per game (29.1) and 24th in opponent points per game (60.5).
June 25, 2012
Transitioning from one season to another is always a mix of emotions. Seniors graduate, underclassmen become upperclassmen and a new batch of freshmen arrive. Fortunately for us, we get to spend all summer bonding as a new team. Our entire roster for next year is staying in San Luis Obispo this summer and we've already started working out together. Some of the graduated seniors also continue to work out with us, showing their lasting commitment to the program and a desire to help better our young players.
Although summer at Cal Poly is beautiful, our practice regimen is no walk in the park. We lift weights hard four days a week with our strength and conditioning coach, Dave Wood. Coach Wood is one of the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable guys around and the freshmen players received the chance to experience his expertise in the weight room this week. In addition to lifting, we wake up early twice a week for a 7 a.m. conditioning session and practice. This forces us to have productive days in addition to waking us up for summer class.
We also recognize that "student" is the first word in "student-athlete." Most of the team is enrolled in multiple summer classes and we intend to work just as hard in the classroom as we do on the court. A big advantage at Cal Poly is that we recruit not only good athletes, but also smart students. The combination of school and practice provides each of us the challenge of managing our time and bettering ourselves.
Personally, I have my own list of challenges that I have set for myself. Academically, I want to be able to master my microbiology class – even though it is notorious for being difficult. Athletically, I'm looking to expand my game and become a better all-around player and defender. Also, as a senior, it is my job to lead and show the new players how hard we have to work.
It's going to be an exciting summer and it'll be gone before we know it. However, I know that with our excellent coaching staff and tremendous work ethic we can really makes strides that will help better us next season.