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The student-run news site of Le Moyne College.

The Dolphin

The student-run news site of Le Moyne College.

The Dolphin

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s visit at Le Moyne
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s visit at Le Moyne
Kamilla Shahzad, Staff Writer • May 17, 2024

On April 18 th , 2024, Le Moyne College had the privilege of hosting a special guest, acclaimed author Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, who delighted...

Column: The Long Journey at Le Moyne
Column: The Long Journey at Le Moyne
Mary Anne Winfield, Guest Writer • May 17, 2024

I never expected to be a “senior” senior at Le Moyne College. My first introduction to the college was in the 1970’s. I was a two-year...

Theta Chi house at Colgate University
Column: Why I want to see Greek life at Le Moyne College.
Payton Hirsch, Guest Writer • May 17, 2024

At Le Moyne College there is no presence of “Greek Life,” which has left many wondering why. According to Joseph Della Posta, the school’s...

Photo courtesy of Le Moyne; Images of Officer Jensen, Onondaga County Sheriff’s Lt. Hoosock posted at memorial service.
‘A True Leader and Phenomenal Teammate’: Remembering Fallen Officer, a Le Moyne Graduate
Stephen Moore and Aidan Clark May 8, 2024

The Rev. William Dolan wants you to know what the community lost when Michael Jensen, a Syracuse police officer and a Le Moyne graduate, was...

Dr. James Carroll: The Donation that Rewrote Le Moyne  College’s History
Dr. James Carroll: The Donation that Rewrote Le Moyne College’s History
Legende McGrath, Guest Writer • May 7, 2024

In late March, Le Moyne College, specifically the College of Arts and Sciences, received a $12 million donation provided by Le Moyne alumnus...

From First Baskets to Lasting Legacies: My Journey to Le Moyne’s Historic D1 Debut

Le Moyne College Athletic Department
Jones at a game versus SUNY Fredonia

The Ted Grant Court at Le Moyne College has become my new proving ground, where the squeak of sneakers and the roar of the crowd serve as the backdrop to a story in progress. As Le Moyne embarks on its first season in Division 1, I find myself among a team of determined, gritty athletes, many of us transferring from D1 programs, hungry to make our mark. 

Our recent games against powerhouses like Georgetown and Villanova weren’t just contests; they were our introductions to a larger stage, where we played not just for wins but for respect. Every move we made in these early games had a great deal of meaning. But one moment stood out — the first basket in Le Moyne’s Men’s basketball program’s first Division 1 game against Georgetown, a shot I was honored to make.

Embarking into this new era of basketball for Le Moyne, I really connect with Coach Nate Champion’s vision for the team. Everything I have learned and lived is in line with his view of basketball as a team sport where each player’s role is crucial. I completely support this vision because it reminds me of my days at Oak Hill Academy when the team’s success was more important than any one player’s performance.

My journey to Le Moyne was less of a straight line and more of a series of zigs and zags. After an extremely challenging freshman year at Towson University, marked by a COVID-19 diagnosis with a resulting heart condition that benched me, I was faced with the potential end of my basketball dreams. The path back to the court was filled with tests and doubts, but eventually, I found myself back in the game, but slowly.

My sophomore year still had the scars of a rocky start, and it wasn’t long before I made the tough decision to enter the transfer portal. The landscape of the portal had changed; it was crowded with athletes still holding on to an extra eligibility year granted due to the pandemic. It was a tough task to find a new home that aligned with both my academic and athletic goals.

But fate has a way of steering you where you’re meant to be. In the search for a new beginning, Le Moyne stood out, not just for its athletic program but for the academic support that felt tailored to my learning style. The smaller classrooms, the personal attention from professors — it was a complete departure from the large, impersonal lecture halls I was used to.

Despite an initial academic setback that delayed my eligibility, I worked tirelessly, fueled by the faculty’s and coaching staff’s support and my strong determination to return to the court. 

Looking back, it’s clear how foundational my time at Oak Hill Academy was. Playing under Coach Steve Smith, a figure known for excellence, I learned what it meant to be self-sufficient and to truly play as a team. While playing with future NBA stars, I learned that individual honors were not nearly as important as group victories. That mentality is what I carried with me to Le Moyne, where Coach Champion’s vision feels like a continuation of my Oak Hill Academy basketball experience.

My basketball journey began as a four-year-old with energy to burn, which my parents channeled into the game. As I grew, so did my passion for basketball, which transformed from a mere activity into a central part of my identity. Now, as I lace up for Le Moyne, I carry the lessons of my past—from Oak Hill to Towson to here—each experience layering upon the last to form the player I am today.

Though we didn’t emerge victorious from our matchups against Georgetown and Villanova, we gained something equally valuable—experience and the grit to face future challenges head-on. The Ted Grant court at Le Moyne is more than just a stage for basketball; it’s where I continue to grow, learn, and thrive. Phins Up! The journey doesn’t end; it only evolves.

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