After four years together, the time has come to say goodbye to the six seniors of the UVM men’s basketball team.
“It really has been amazing. To have a senior class like this one is a truly rare event and I am just happy I had the opportunity to be a part of it,” senior forward Clancy Rugg said.
Seniors Brian Voelkel, Luke Apfeld, Sandro Carissimo, Josh Elbaum and Rugg have been playing together since they arrived at UVM for the 2010 season.
Though Apfeld sat out as a redshirt first-year.
Senior Candon Rusin, transferred to UVM in 2011, joining the strong group of teammates and friends that have been linked both on and off the court.
“Having six of us on the team, being so close throughout the years, has definitely helped the team dynamic of playing for each other on the court and having each other’s backs,” Elbaum said.
This bond was visible when Voelkel gave up his starting position for the team’s senior night so that Elbaum would be able to have the start Feb. 27.
This was the only game that Voelkel did not start since his first year at UVM.
“It was a great feeling to start on senior night and I have Brian to thank for that,” Elbaum said.
Fans across campus said they will miss this “core Duke.”
One word to sum up this senior class is “special,” head coach John Becker said.
“It’s unusual to have such a large graduating class, but I think it’s what has made the team so special,” Elbaum said.
When asked what he will take with him from this experience Apfeld said, “sense of