Men's Basketball Held First Preseason Practice Wednesday
Oct. 2, 2013
TULSA, Okla. - The University of Tulsa basketball team officially began preparations for the 2013-14 season with its first team practice Wednesday afternoon at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
The Golden Hurricane went through a high-energy workout, as it seeks to build and improve on its 2012-13 season in which it finished 17-16, advanced to the semifinal round of the Conference USA Championship and reached the CBI postseason tournament.
"I thought practice went very well for us," Tulsa Head Coach Danny Manning. "I thought it had a lot of bounce, a lot of energy and paying attention to detail. We had some good carryover from meetings that we've had, and conditioning sessions. Overall, I thought it was a good first practice."
TU will hold an open practice to the public from 12-1 p.m. Saturday at the Reynolds Center. The players will then sign autographs from 1:30-2 p.m. on Chapman Commons, prior the football game against Rice at 2:30 p.m.
Tulsa returns eight players to the roster this season, including 2013 C-USA All-Freshman selections guard James Woodard and forward D'Andre Wright. The group includes just three seniors - guards Tim Peete, Pat Swilling Jr. and Barrett Hunter - and one junior in junior college transfer guard Marquel Curtis. Sophomore forward Rashad Smith returns after receiving a medical redshirt last season and forward Brandon Swannegan is in his second playing season, but third in the program. Guards Shaquille Harrison and Rashad Ray each have a full season of experience under their belts, as does guard Nick Wood.
Other newcomers for the Hurricane include sophomore junior college transfer forward Lew Evans, and four freshmen in guard Stevie Repichowski and forwards Tarekeyi Edogi, Emmanuel Ezechinonso and Riley Kemmer.
"The nice thing is, it's only new for the newcomers. Last year, it was new for everybody. It was new for the coaches and it was new for the players. This summer was very good because our returning players had a chance to bond with the newcomers and say, `This is what we do. This is how we do it. This is why we do it. This is how we work.' So, they helped establish the culture with our newcomers at an earlier stage in their careers here at TU," Manning said. "There has been a lot of good carryover from that. Today, especially in practice, I could see that: returning players communicating with the newcomers."
The Golden Hurricane opens the season Nov. 10 against cross-town rival Oral Roberts at 5 p.m. at the Reynolds Center. TU plays an exhibition game against Haskell Indian Nations University at 8 p.m. on Oct. 31.
Manning said for the remainder of the preseason practices, the Hurricane will prepare for everything they may see from opponents this season, particularly in preparation for the exhibition contest.
"We have to touch on everything and be prepared for our first exhibition game, because we don't know what that team is going to do. It's our job to make sure our young men are prepared to go out and handle whatever they throw at us. So, in the course of that, we have a lot of things we need to get in and shore up. But the way it's set up now will give us a chance to be better prepared to start our game, with the new NCAA model where we get 30 days of practice out of 40 or 42."
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