Most players entering their first year of college basketball get an eye opener at how much more goes into it. Practices are more structured, longer, intense, and faster. Teammates’ skill levels are comparable or even better. The mental aspect may be the biggest adjustment with the season being longer and more stressful. Early practices with the Memphis Tigers were an eye opener for McDonald’s All-American Shaq Goodwin. It’s been reported that during the early practices, Goodwin tended to cruise through and look for shortcuts..