Goff was recently cleared after several months of recovering from a meniscus injury. He'll face a tough October getting back into full basketball shape, though Herrion said coaches and trainers will back him off when needed.
His conditioning isn't the only point of emphasis, by far. There is the matter of his free-throw shooting, which invited a "hack-a-Goff" strategy at times.
"I shoot at least 200, 250 a day," Goff said. "Can't be 46 percent this year. It was kind of keeping my elbow in and controlling the ball, instead of just throwing it. Big change."
DeAndre Kane, who enjoyed the Herd's season in a decade, is trying to address his shooting issues. He hit just 25 percent of his 3-point attempts a season ago, 31.8 percent as a freshman.
"Yes, the 3. Free throws, a lot of little things," Kane said of his offseason projects. "Off the ball, dribbling, one-dribble pull-ups, things like that."
And finally, the story of Tinnon and his teammates hearing about the NCAA ruling on his appeal on his 2012-13 eligibility. Tinnon contested the true start of his 10-semester "clock," an issue that centered on an aborted fall semester in 2007 at a North Dakota college.
After one of the new NCAA-sanctioned summer workouts, Tinnon and the team were summoned to Herrion's office to learn the ruling. Tinnon came out glum-faced.
Goff bought it. And apparently, Herrion pulled the same stunt on Tinnon, initially telling him his appeal was denied.
"I think Coach Herrion was trying to pull a joke on us," Goff said. "Dennis came out with his head down and he was like, 'I didn't get my year back.' Two minutes later, he told me he got it back."
Tinnon said, "Coach got me good, and I had to get somebody back. [Goff] was basically the first victim."
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