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‘Enjoy The Process’: Micah Shrewsberry’s Message To Penn State Hoops

Following back-to-back losses to Michigan and Purdue, Penn State men’s basketball head coach Micah Shrewsberry not only watched the game film but tuned into the broadcasts for a different perspective.

He was not proud.

“I look like an idiot out there,” Shrewsberry said. “I’m not helping my team. I’m not helping those guys in the moments that they need me.”

Despite having quite the resume with experience in both the NCAA and the NBA, the second-year coach still recognizes that he’s young. With that, he realized that sometimes he puts too much of his stress on his players.

“I’ve been living and dying on every single thing that’s happened,” Shrewsberry said. “It’s been stressing me out. And, I’m giving that to those guys for no reason at all.”

With this, Shrewsberry realized that he was doing a disservice to his team, and if he wants to see change, he needs to first start with himself. So during a film session before Penn State played Indiana on Wednesday night, the coach apologized to his squad. But, with his own realization, he expressed one more message to his team: to enjoy the process of the game.

“Go out and have fun,” Shrewsberry said. “Enjoy the process, not a moment. Not a win, not a loss, not a gain; the process.”

How did his team respond later that night after the film session?

Well, led by a season-high 25-point performance from Seth Lundy, the Nittany Lions cruised past the Hoosiers with an 85-66 victory. The team also tied a program record with 18 three-pointers and kept the Big Ten’s second-highest-scoring team to just 66 points.

Even the sluggish second-half starts that haunted the Nittany Lions in the past few weeks seemed to vanish in their dominating win over the Hoosiers. It was also a historic night, as Lundy became the 39th player in Penn State history to eclipse 1,000 career points. He joined fellow senior teammates Jalen Pickett, Camren Wynter, Myles Dread, and Andrew Funk to achieve such a feat.

Now with five seniors who’ve collectively scored more than 5,000 points, Shrewsberry knows that the experience and talent of this team still have a long way to go.

“It’s January 11, and we plan on playing through March,” he said.

Although the sights are set to dance in March, the team is expected to lose all five of those seniors by the end of the season. With that thought in mind, Shrewsberry believes it’s the little moments throughout the journey that will be the most beneficial in the long term.

“Enjoy the process in pointing out the little steps,” he said. “Like, what our freshmen are doing every day in practice and how they’re getting better. Like, how guys are gelling together and plan. Enjoy that part of when we do it. I think that’s where we will find the joy.”

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