TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) - "We have a group of guys that are hell bent on getting to the next level," said Tallahassee Community College men's basketball coach Zach Settembre before practice on Monday. "That's what this is about."
This is Junior College basketball. It's not always in the plans, but for some, that's exactly where they find themselves.
"I went to Kent State," said Deandre Gholston. "It wasn't a good fit for me."
"We all realize we came here for one goal," Eric Hester, who played at Florida and Akron. "We have a short time to be here together."
It's a short time the Eagles plan on taking full advantage of.
"No one is going to outwork us. We have a group that is really just understanding of the fact that we can be special," said Settembre. "They already know. They know the talent is here. There's no reason, we have no excuse not to be great."
"That's why I took this opportunity," added Hester. "With Zach, he shared his ideas with me, and what he sees for us and the team. I was real excited about that."
An excitement that is hard not to get excited about.
"We have no excuses. We just look ourselves in the mirror and know we have tremendous talent, but we know that we can be elite, but we have to work very hard for it," said Settembre.
We have a lot of good players, lot of Division I transfers," said Gholston. "This team is very fast, athletic. The chance is really real, I think we can win the Hutch Championship."
Winning a National Championship in Hutchinson is something that is always in the plan.