By Jackson Barnes
The men’s basketball team prepares to take the court after coming off a tough 5-20.
Returning all of last season’s players and welcoming several new faces and transfers, Head Coach Kerry Prather has high hopes for the season.
“I am excited to have our seasoned veterans returning,” Prather said. “Last year we had a bunch of close losses from playing a lot of underclassman.”
Last season, the Grizzlies lost six games by less than five points.
“As painful as those losses were, I’m excited to see what we can do with some seasoned veterans on the court,” Prather said.
Some of the returning starters include players like senior guard Trae Washington and junior guard Trey Boles.
“We have to improve on our defense,” Washington said. “Our transition from offense to defense is where a lot of our points come from.”
The team averaged 71.4 points a game last season with 34.4 coming from behind the three-point line. Washington also commented on the incoming players of the program.
“We are lucky to have the returning experience that we do, but also very fortunate to have the recruiting class that we do,” Washington said. “The freshmen have a lot of talent and are always willing to learn.”
The senior averaged 11.6 points per game last season.
Boles said he is optimistic about the upcoming season.
“If we keep everyone healthy, we should be sitting well,” Boles said. “With the young talent, I am excited to see what this team can do.”
The men’s season tips off in Spurlock Center Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m.