NASHVILLE --- The first practice of the 2016-17 season for the Tennessee State men’s basketball team on Saturday, Oct. 1, is open to the public, giving TSU fans their first look at this year’s Tigers. Practice at the Gentry Center is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.
Fans are encouraged to make their way over to the Gentry Center following the 2 p.m. football game at Hale Stadium and before the 7 p.m. volleyball match at Kean Hall.
The men’s basketball team returns three starters from last year’s team, which finished 20-11 and earned a berth in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Among the returners are Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.), Wayne Martin (Brooklyn, N.Y.), who led TSU and was third in the OVC with 9.1 rebounds per game and Darreon Reddick (Belleville, Ill.), who has made 52 career starts.
This year's squad features seven newcomers including Ken’Darrius Hamilton (Montgomery, Ala.), Delano Spencer (Atlanta, Ga.) and A’Torey Everett (Dallas, Texas), who all led their respective junior colleges in scoring a year ago.
The Tigers host Fisk for an exhibition game at the Gentry Center on Nov. 3 before officially opening the season on Nov. 11 versus UC Davis at the Cable Car Classic in Santa Clara, Calif.