NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State men’s basketball team started team practices on Monday in preparation of the team’s first contest against the University of Hawai’i on Nov. 8.
The Tigers welcome back six letter winners from a year ago, including reigning All-OVC guard Patrick Miller.
Last year, Miller scored 14.8 points per contest and broke the school’s single season record for assists in a season with 195. He was also one of the team’s main workhorses, averaging 35.9 minutes a game.
The other returnees for TSU are seniors Michael Green and Chaed Wellian, juniors Jay Harris and M.J. Rhett and sophomore Jordan Gaither.
Post players Green, Rhett and Wellian will be called upon to replace Robert Covington and Kellen Thornton who graduated last season. The trio of current Tigers averaged 10 points and nine rebounds combined last season.
This year’s squad will also have to replace Jordan Cyphers and Tashan Fredrick at shooting guard and small forward which could be a job for Harris, Gaither or one of the nine incoming players that the program has brought in.
The newcomers to this year’s club include forwards Alex Bates, Kennedy Eubanks, Ugo Mmonu and Jaylen Reid and guards Jamonte Graham, Jacquan Nobles, Jaleel Queary, Rhyan Townes and Gerald Williams.
Graham, Mmonu, Reid and Townes are true freshmen while Bates, Eubanks, Nobles, Queary and Williams all have some level of prior collegiate experience.
The Tigers will host Lemoyne-Owen in an exhibition game on Nov. 4 before heading to the Aloha State four days later.