They know more than names and hometowns. They know more than who can't go left and who won't pass. They know Dibo is a kick boxer, Williams is a really good cook and Watkins wants to be a music producer. Holton has a seemingly endless supply of energy while Adrian is calm and composed, or "the man," as Henderson described.
"The group of guys we have were closer this summer than in years passed, especially last year," Noreen said. "It helps to get a bond like that going into a year and to have chemistry already developed before you go into practice. You learn to rely on these guys before they're tested in pressure situations."
A freshman picking up a 7-10 split doesn't mean he'll box out when the other team is shooting free throws. A series of gutter balls doesn't mean a junior college transfer will miss a string of 3-pointers.
It's been about more than bowling or socializing and the lessons learned have been beneficial to the rookies and the veterans.
"I'll use Devin as an example," Noreen said of the 6-foot-9, 255-pound forward. "I know I'm beginning to be able to rely on him more because he had been coming in underweight, which is something we aren't allowed to do here. I told him taking care of his body and eating right means you have to make sacrifices to get those meals in.
"He's able to do that now, so I see that and I think, 'OK, here's a guy I can rely on down the road.'"
All it took was a conversation in the weight room, a place Noreen wanted to spend a lot of time in the summer so he could get to know Williams and Watkins.
"Little secrets like eating at 3 a.m. to help get your weight up, that's something you don't think about, but if you're willing to do it and you need to do it, it's a good little tip to help you get a couple extra pounds," Noreen said.
There are other suggestions that are intended to help ordinary things new players need to know, but oftentimes do not. Henderson said he's helping his new teammates learn about bus routes, the PRT schedule and good places to eat.
"I had to learn that by myself last year," he said. "Nobody told me about that, but I wanted them to know it. Last year, Eron and I did everything together. We found out about all the bus routes. We found out when the PRT runs. We found out about where to go eat.
"Even on the court, we found out how to adjust and how to come out and play against college guys and how to be successful against college guys."
He's passed along what he's learned and he likes what he sees.
"I just feel like we're more of a team this year," Henderson said, "than we were before."