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Cady Lalanne excited to back, UMass starts hoop season

  • JERREY ROBERTS<br/>Cody Lalane of the University of Massachusetts shoots Tuesday at Curry Hicks Cage.
  • JERREY ROBERTS<br/>Cody Lalane of the University of Massachusetts shoots Tuesday at Curry Hicks Cage.

AMHERST —After being sidelined with a broken foot for most of last season, the excitement of being part of full-time practice again caused Cady Lalanne to toss and turn Thursday night.

“I could barely sleep. This morning I woke up and I was so excited to get here and get ready for practice and get the season started. Sitting on the sideline for so long, there was a burning sensation to be out here,” Lalanne said before Friday night’s practice that kicked off the official beginning of the 2012-13 season. “I’m really excited. Ever since December, I’ve been anxious to get out here. I’m really happy to be out here now.”

In addition to trying to build off of his promising start last year, Lalanne will be trying to replace departed senior Sean Carter. While Lalanne is more offensively gifted than his former teammate, Carter’s rebounding, leadership and defense will be hard to replace.

“It’s highly important. He brought so much energy out onto the court. I was watching the Mississippi State game (in the NIT) in the locker room the other day. He brought so much energy running up and down the court,” said Lalanne, who averaged 6.7 points and 5.6 rebounds before his injury. “Coach always tells me I have to replace that energy. I feel like that’s in me. I have to get that motor up and bring it consistently.”

UMass coach Derek Kellogg said Carter, who averaged 8.1 points and 6.5 rebounds last year, will be missed.

“Most of the stuff he did covering for guys on defense and being an energy guy at both ends of the floor sometimes gets overlooked because it doesn’t show up in the stat column,” Kellogg said.

Lalanne said that Carter took him under his wing right away and not only continued tutoring Lalanne after he got hurt, but is still doing so from Hungary.

“Sean was a great guy to watch. Even though I wasn’t playing, he’d still be there talking to me,” Lalanne said. “We still talk. He’ll call me and if I need to talk to him, I’ll send him a message on Facebook to call me. He just tells me to keep going hard in everything I do.”

Foot surgery limited Lalanne all summer and into the fall. Lalanne said he’s not back in game shape, but isn’t thinking about his foot.

“As soon as I was out there playing, I didn’t think about it at all. If I feel any discomfort I’d probably slow down a little and tell the trainers,” he said. “I feel like I’m right about there. Compared to last year, I feel like I’m a lot more in shape. I feel like my body is a lot more ready for college basketball. I feel a lot better, but I’m not in full basketball shape.”

RECRUITS — Three recruiting targets were in attendance at practice. Demetrius Dyson, a guard from Tennessee, was on an official visit, while AAU teammates and Detroit-area natives Darrell Davis and EdmondSumner were on unofficial visits.

MISCELLANEOUS — Kellogg said the exhibition game against American International will be Nov. 3 and will likely start at 2 p.m. It will be at Curry Hicks Cage. He said there will likely be some kind of season kickoff event later in the semester, potentially an open practice. Former Northampton standout Brennan Cooper plays for AIC.

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com. Follow UMass coverage on Twitter at twitter.com/GazetteUMass. Get UMass coverage delivered in your Facebook news feed at www.facebook.com/GazetteUMassCoverage.

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