Before the Ball State men’s basketball team takes to the court Nov. 6 against Indiana State, sports writer Ryan O’Gara laid out what the season might look like for the team.
In his analysis, “Ball State men's basketball: 4 things I learned at media day,” O’Gara highlights potential key players, along with improvements players made in their off season.
Typically, this is usually one aspect of sports writing I don’t enjoy because it walks a fine line between subjectivity and objectivity. However, O’Gara’s insights on the upcoming season offer sharp commentary.
First and foremost, O’Gara gets into player improvements. Over the summer, O’Gara detailed guard Tayler Persons’ weight loss journey, along with the improvements he made over the summer after choosing to stay with Ball State’s program, after he easily could’ve suited up for the Power Five program during his last collegiate season. Though these analyses are shorter than the profile on Persons, they don’t skimp on the detail and aren’t solely focused on star players like center Trey Moses. For someone who wants to know how the program will move forward after a less-than-ideal season, O’Gara breaks down what could contribute to a turn-around season for the Cardinals.
O’Gara also narrows down who might be a part of coach James Whitford’s nine-man rotation. His prediction is Tayler Persons, Trey Moses, K.J. Walton, Kyle Mallers and Tahjai Teague will make up the starting five, with Brachen Hazen, Zach Gunn and Ishmael El-Amin playing significant minutes off of the bench. Though the season has yet to start, it gives readers an idea of who to watch throughout the season.
Though written with some first person, this piece offers valuable insight to someone who’s looking for the Cards to bounce back. O’Gara’s commentary on key players, along with expected rotations and commentary on relationships between players paints a picture of what appears to be an ideal season.
My only critique, which I touched on earlier, would be that I am not 100 percent comfortable with writer’s inserting themselves into stories. However, O’Gara doesn’t sacrifice his objectivity and the first person, which doesn’t appear too often, makes the piece conversational.
Mary Freda is a senior news journalism and Spanish major at Ball State University.
In 2018, Mary was one of 10 students selected to participate in Hoosier State Press Association Pulliam Internship, where she was assigned to work at The Star Press as a general assignment, news reporter.
Currently, Mary works as a stringer reporter for The Commercial Review and The Star Press.