Collegian: Refocused: Raphiael Putney hopes to bounce back with strong senior season - UMass Athletics

Collegian: Refocused: Raphiael Putney hopes to bounce back with strong senior season

Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian spent some time with Raphiael Putney and talked to the fifth-year senior about how his time with Athletes In Action this past summer helped refocus his energy on making his senior season his best at UMass.

     Raphiael Putney is a seafood guy.
     Apart of the program Athletes in Action this summer, a religious-based basketball retreat, Putney traveled to Spain for a two-week stint and participated in the program's basketball tour while also finding time to enjoy the delicacies of overseas travel.
     "My favorite part of Spain, it was the food," Putney said. "I'm a seafood type of guy so I love seafood.
     "And also, just being around a group of guys from different college teams, there's a lot of players around the nation and you don't get a chance to meet them."
     Putney's trip overseas offered more than the typical basketball tour.
     Athletes in Action is deeply rooted in faith. As its website states, "Athletes in Action has been using sports as a platform to help people answer questions of faith and to point them to Jesus." For Putney, it was the perfect fit.

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