Sosa Expects Improvement After Summer

Aug. 17, 2010

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By Doug Richards

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ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - For junior guard Isaac Sosa (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) there were no trips to foreign countries this summer. There were no national anthems, no games in odd gyms and no meals featuring exotic foods.

After spending his last three summers competing for Puerto Rico across the globe, Sosa spent this summer on campus with his UCF teammates. Although he certainly missed the opportunity to represent his homeland, Sosa was happy to be in Orlando.

Sosa, who averaged 10.3 points and led Conference USA in 3-point field goal percentage this past season, believes that staying on campus over the summer should pay off for himself and the rest of the Knights during the upcoming season, which will serve as the program's first with new head coach Donnie Jones.

"It is a long summer," he said. "Coach Jones told me it is 90 days. A lot of schools take 90 days off. It is very beneficial to be working here in the summer."

Last summer, Sosa helped Puerto Rico finish sixth out of 16 teams at the FIBA U19 World Championship in New Zealand. He averaged 9.6 points at the event.

Sosa says that he is working to improve his ball handling and scoring ability off the dribble. One of the top long-distance shooters in the nation, Sosa is clearly trying to become more well-rounded offensively before the season begins.

"I feel a lot more comfortable. When we play pickup, I am trying to incorporate a lot of it into my game," he said. "But all that matters is if I can do it in (UCF) games. But I have been working really hard."