LINCOLN — C.J. Wilcher isn’t the identical with out his morning routine.
Wilcher has spent the final week-plus transferring from his previous condo into a brand new home. He’s stayed up late unpacking, arranging. He hasn’t had time to meditate, and it’s hurting his recreation.
“I can clearly inform the distinction as a result of it exhibits on the court docket,” Wilcher instructed The World-Herald on Thursday. “I miss a shot, and it’s like, ‘I gotta make the following one.’ It’s like I’m urgent to do what I do finest.”
Wilcher felt the identical sensation early final December, when he fell right into a month-long capturing droop. Over six video games and 21 days, Wilcher made simply 7 of 28 (25%) 3-pointers. NU misplaced 5 of these six, leaving Wilcher feeling “flustered,” “anxious,” underwhelmed.
He’d envisioned larger plans for the season.
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“All of us had expectations going into the 12 months,” he mentioned. “It did not initially go the best way I wished it to for myself. After which we had been shedding … so it is so much that goes into that.”
The repair was easy, although: Breathe. Former NU guard Kobe Webster tried the method one 12 months earlier. Power coach Kurt Joseph had been meditating for six. Each implored Wilcher to discover it.
At first, Wilcher would cease by the Devaney Middle to meditate for 5 minutes after shootaround. Then he’d crash at Webster’s home so they might meditate collectively within the mornings. And ultimately, Wilcher introduced the method into his lounge
Right now, he’s moved to his bed room, and he begins day by day the identical method: He performs meditation music on YouTube; he performs respiratory workout routines; and he recites affirmations as he breathes.
He recites constructive affirmations as he breathes.
I’ve been put in a scenario for my larger good.
Wilcher says it really works, and he factors to his late surge final season as proof. From January to March, he shot 46.5% from 3 over 19 video games, and he by no means shot worse than 40% for longer than two.
“I used to be much more relaxed,” Wilcher mentioned. He might clear his head of muddle.
If Wilcher missed a jumper, “I used to be effective,” he mentioned. He might make up for it with a rebound, steal or by taking a cost. And he reminded himself that he would make the following shot.
“Positivity serves me every part,” Wilcher mentioned. “Negativity serves me none.”
He repeats that sentiment each morning (or at the very least, he’ll when he’s completed transferring). He may repeat it once more within the afternoon and within the night — anytime he feels burdened.
Wilcher started meditating to unravel his capturing woes, however he’s realized since that it applies to every part.
Apprehension. Hoops. A brand new house.
“Being clear-headed helps me general,” Wilcher mentioned. “ It isn’t one thing that I do to assist me with a selected factor. It simply helps me with my temper all through the day.
“Life occurs, so I do not simply meditate one time. I’ll get upset, (and) I’ll take myself again and breathe simply to calm myself down.”
Wilcher’s new weight-reduction plan
Say goodbye to SweetTart Ropes. Wilcher dropped 14 kilos this offseason — he weighed 221 kilos final 12 months, 207 now — thanks partially to a brand new weight-reduction plan.
Two new diets, really. Wilcher tried intermittent fasting and water fasting this summer time. Intermittent fasting requires that every one of his meals be consumed throughout a selected window (generally an 8-hour window). Twice a day, Wilcher consumed rice, greens and eight ounces of protein. He additionally blended in a protein shake.
Water fasting is a water only-diet.
“(It is laborious) at first,” Wilcher mentioned. “Then it simply turns into a psychological factor.”
Wilcher mentioned he felt the change was crucial, and he can really feel the distinction this summer time. He’s faster, quicker, and he fires soar pictures with extra ease.
“I really feel higher,” he mentioned. “It took lots of work, however this has been the method my entire time taking part in basketball. I performed in like a brand new pores and skin yearly when it comes to my physique.
“That is simply one other evolution.”
Breidenbach speaks on his return
Wilhelm Breidenbach addressed the media Thursday for the primary time since tearing his ACL in opposition to Michigan final winter. The redshirt freshman known as rehab a “powerful” and “lengthy” course of, however he’s rising assured in his knee. He feels “shut” to the participant he was earlier than the damage.
That’s encouraging contemplating all Breidenbach has been by means of over the previous year-plus. He tore his meniscus in the identical knee earlier than arriving on campus final summer time, and checks revealed that Breidenbach had torn the ACL in that knee beforehand. He thinks the damage occurred in center faculty.
Breidenbach hopes these struggles are behind him now. Practically eight months faraway from his most up-to-date damage, he’s dunking in follow once more. Wilcher mentioned Breidenbach has dunked on two teammates thus far. Fred Hoiberg mentioned the massive man dunked his first day again at follow.
After a very long time away, “I felt nice to have the ability to dunk once more,” Breidenbach mentioned. “Earlier than, I couldn’t soar very properly. “ So for that to be the very first thing (I did) was fairly cool.”
A distinct vibe
Wilcher can already see the distinction on protection. This 12 months’s Huskers play with vitality and a focus to element.
“It’s not good,” Wilcher mentioned. “We nonetheless get yelled at.” However they’re quicker at fixing errors. This 12 months’s workforce volunteers to observe movie.
“That didn’t occur final 12 months,” Wilcher mentioned.
Wilcher additionally mentioned this 12 months’s workforce additionally spends extra time collectively off the court docket. Alabama switch Juwan Gary spends lots of time at Wilcher’s home. Wilcher and his roommate, redshirt freshman Denim Dawson, like hanging at redshirt freshman Quaran McPherson’s place.
“Each weekend, we’re all chilling collectively. I feel that’s the largest cultural change — that we simply get pleasure from being round one another.”
It exhibits at follow. Wilcher mentioned the 2022 Huskers don’t “discuss again” to coaches, which is one other distinction from 2021.
“After all, guys have these moments or dangerous days (the place) anyone has one thing to say,” Wilcher mentioned, “However for probably the most half, I really feel like we’re open to listening to the coaches. The changes (are) fast changes. We get directions then we attempt to implement it straight away, whether or not Coach is speaking to anyone instantly or the entire workforce.”