Former Mount Captain, Christian, Returns to Take Over Team

EMMITSBURG, MD. -- It was a homecoming of sorts for Jamion Christian. The new head basketball coach at Mount St. Mary's. The 2004 graduate of the Mount is coming back to his alma mater after spending time most recently at VCU under Shaka Smart. And Christian stressed the three characteristics that his new team would possess.

"We're going to bring excitement and enthusiasm back to Mount basketball," said Christian. "How are we going do it? I think our guys are starting to realize this a little bit from their conditioning workout yesterday. Fast, aggressive, and fun to watch. That's our goal."

And even after that workout, his players are excited for what lies ahead.

"I think that his style of play is something that will definitely benefit our guards, but I know that the fun, aggressive style is going to come with a lot of work this off-season," said sophomore guard Julian Norfleet. "So we're going to have to do a lot of conditioning. And it's going to be a whole different level of competing, so I'm really excited for that."

"I think it's a great opportunity to play for a head coach that's so young," said sophomore guard Josh Castellanos. "He can relate to you more. He's not necessarily your age, but close enough so that guys can talk to him on a personal level. He can relate to you on the court, so I think overall it's going to be a good fit and be a lot of fun."

Christian comes in at the ripe age of 29, something that one of his more accomplished predecessors can relate to.

"He's the youngest since me," said Jim Phelan. "I was 25 when I got the job. But hey, you're full of energy, and a lot of vim and vigor, and you want to go and get them. And you want them to work hard, play hard, practice hard. Do all that, because you wanna get out there and do it with them."

And as for the immediate future, Christian will be looking for players that he says are dying to play at an extreme pace.

"I'm really looking forward to getting out on the recruiting trail, and continuing to find guys that wanna play like that,"  said Christian. "Fast, aggressive, fun to watch. That's a good mantra for a lot of kids to come play basketball at Mount St. Mary's."

To play, and to get back to the top of the Mount.

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