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Experience will help Wright State junior guard Arceneaux

Junior point guard Reggie Arceneaux spent most of his offseason at Wright State. When he wasn’t on campus, he was either home with his parents in Charlotte, N.C., or visiting friends and family in New Orleans, where he grew up until Hurricane Katrina forced his family to relocate.

Arceneaux said New Orleans was his chill spot, a place he could relax. In Charlotte, he continued the work that never stops at Wright State.

“I worked on a lot on ballhandling, conditioning,” he said. “I want to play stronger, faster, harder. That’s one of the main things I worked on. Going back (to Charlotte), I have access to two free weight rooms, several gyms. It’s just unlimited. It doesn’t stop. I was running almost three times a day to get my conditioning up.”

Wright State has five seniors, but Arceneaux is about as experienced as any of them. He started 27 of 32 games as a freshman and 23 of 34 games last season. He’ll probably be in the starting lineup when the Raiders open the regular season at 5 p.m. today against the College of Mount St. Joseph at the Nutter Center.

Arceneaux averaged 8.5 points as a freshman and 8.9 last season. He’s on pace to become the 29th 1,000-point scorer in Wright State history when he’s a senior. He hopes the experience he gained the last two seasons will help him this year.

“I can approach games calmly knowing the game plan, knowing how I have to play, knowing the tendencies of the other players,” he said. “At this point in my career, I can be relaxed and look at it as another game.”

Arceneaux had one of the best individual performances of the season at Loyola last season, scoring 29 points and hitting a key 3-pointer late in the game. He also slumped at times and topped 10 points only twice in the last 12 games.

Arceneaux did have a good game in the Horizon League championship game against Valparaiso, scoring 14 points as the Raiders saw their lead and NCAA dreams evaporate in the final minutes.

“I’ll never forget that,” he said. “It was heartbreaking. We all felt like that was supposed to be us.”

Arceneaux is looking forward to playing alongside Butler transfer Chrishawn Hopkins, who is expected to become eligible to play for the first time on Dec. 15 against Miami University. Hopkins has been practicing with the Raiders since last season. He’ll give the offense an instant upgrade and even more athleticism.

“When we all get together and on the same page,” Arceneaux said, “it’s kind of scary what we can do.”

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