Storrs Side: Niels Giffey putting in offseason work for in-season gains
Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 23:10
With a new season approaching, UConn senior captain Niels Giffey has been hard at work. Having already appeared in 99 career games as a Husky, the 6-foot-7 guard/forward will look to establish his presence as a major contributor over the course of the upcoming season. When asked to describe his fall regimen, the veteran made it clear that the schedule has been demanding, with breathers being few and far between.
“(The fall) has been really intense. We practice 4-5 days a week,” said Giffey. “We also lift four days a week and on top of that do rehab and conditioning on the side.”
The Berlin, Germany native will assume a leadership position as a senior.
Voted a captain, he will lean heavily on experience to lead a cast of underclassmen and produce on the court himself.
“Being one of the captains on the team, I want to make the transition easy for the young guys and make them understand what it takes to play on this level on a daily basis,” Giffey said.
When asked for his take on the newly founded American Athletic Conference Giffey also had a unique perspective, “It’s good to play new teams and see new places. We’ve always been successful against teams we never have played before,” he said.
Time will tell if his outlook proves to be correct. The senior averaged 3.1 points and 2.0 rebounds per game last year. Considering the new slate and unpredictable season laying ahead of him, Giffey most definitely looks to improve on those numbers.
“Personally, I want to be more aggressive on the offensive end and be a lock-down guy defensively,” said Giffey. UConn fans across Connecticut and beyond can only hope he is successful in his endeavors.