"You've just got to get a feel for everybody," he said, "where everybody wants the ball, who's most comfortable in certain spots. Just know everybody's game, really, and have a connection with everybody."
While the change was significant, Pittman said it hasn't been volatile. He said the energy throughout the roster has been very positive, and that every player has worked through the summer to help the Herd become a more cohesive unit.
"There's good energy in here," Pittman said. "Everyone wants to work. Everyone wants to go to the weight room and the gym. Everyone wants to do everything the coaches want and the team wants. They put the team first."
Even with so many fresh faces, Herrion said there is no time to dwell on that fact. Marshall's absence from the NCAA Tournament has grown to 26 years. Many thought the roster the Herd sported last season could break that streak, but it only led to Marshall's worst season since Coach Ron Jirsa's final year in 2006-07.
That's what makes these summer sessions so important, Herrion said. The opportunity is there to start anew and unfamiliarity must be kept from being any excuse for not being able to improve.
"That's gone now," Herrion said. "They're here. Now it's our job as coaches to acclimate everybody and the process has begun," he said. "The process has already been in motion. I told them we've had a very good first half of our summer. These next five to six weeks have to be great, and that starts with everybody."
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MBAO underwent minor surgery on his left knee last week but should be ready to return for next week's practice sessions, Herrion said.
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