Eight Hours Later Williams Men’s Basketball Arrived in Salem, Virginia

Eight Hours Later Williams Men’s Basketball Arrived in Salem, Virginia

The Ephs left campus via bus for the drive to the Albany Airport and just about midnight they arrived at the Roanoke Airport.

Upon arriving at Albany Airport the Ephs were met by Bobby Welber of Ch. 6 (CBS) New out of Albany, who captured footage of the team checking in and interviewed head coach Mike Maker, senior center Mike Mayer, and freshman forward Duncan Robinson.

The Ephs had just enough time to get a quick bite to eat before boarding their flights.

The trip down required the Ephs to break into two groups with one group flying into Washington, D.C. and another going into Charlotte.

The first time Mike Mayer and Taylor Epely met was when they both attended the 2010 Final Four in Salem as recruited and committed Ephs for the Class of 2014. Mayer was in a cast as his senior season ended with an injury.

Freshman forward Dan Aronowitz played for a brief time at Columbus Academy for former Eph hoop player Chris Jones '94. Aronowitz was delighted to hear of the dunk Chris Jones threw down vs. Worcester State in an NCAA tourney contest in Chandler.

Chris Jones, now an assistant coach at Harvard-Westlake School on the west coast and Dean of the Upper School, left Columbus Academy after Aronowitz's junior year.

Jones was a pure walk-on at Williams.as he was discovered one day when then head coach Harry Sheehy '75 came out of his office in Lasell Gym while a pickup game was underway. Out of the corner of his eye Sheehy saw a player elevate and catch a rebound and stuff it back in the basket.

Sheehy walked right onto the court and said, "I don't believe I know you." Jones was soon a member of the Eph hoops team despite not playing a lot of organized basketball growing up in Chicago.

Mid-flight to Charlotte, Mike Maker slid into a seat and got the attention of assistant coach Scott Day. Maker read to Day what he called "the best practice ever," and the Ephs would be participating in tomorrow afternoon in the Salem Civic Center.

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