After coming off a 27-7 season, the Bulldog basketball team is set to repeat its success in the Conference USA.
The team is approaching its first exhibition game on Oct. 30, and it looks as if the unified group will have another great season according to Coach Michael White.
“Workouts have been extremely productive from a skill development and a conditioning standpoint,” White said. “I am pleased with the effort the guys have been putting forth this offseason.”
Kenneth “Speedy” Smith and Raheem Appleby were recently recognized as two of 16 players to watch this upcoming year in the C-USA.
Smith came off a record-setting season last year, breaking the record for most steals in a season (57).
Also, Appleby scored more than 500 points last season (506) and only needs 48 more points to become the 35th Bulldog to be a member of the 1,000 points club.
White said he feels the practices are going well and the guys are playing with great enthusiasm.
“We have had four official practices so far, and each one has been very competitive and energetic,” White said. “I like our veteran group and the leadership that is being provided by several guys.”
Smith and Michale Kyser were both named to the WAC All-Defensive Team last season.
White said the team is shaping up well and the overall focus in the locker room is toward getting better every day.
“Our biggest focus this summer was to spend as much time in the weight room as possible,” White said. “We also spent as much time as we could on getting as many shots up as possible.”
White said along with getting shots in this summer, the team hit the weight room in preparing for their C-USA debut this season.
“We needed to gain strength and we need to continue to shoot the ball better,” White said. “We have a solid group of guys that are willing to do what it takes to win.”
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