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Thursday Practice Update
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Thursday Practice Update

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Here are a couple of updates after practice for the Tennessee State University men’s basketball team this Thursday.

-Head coach Dana Ford pushes intensity on defense and on the boards. One player that has impressed him thus far in camp has been Demontez Loman. Loman was Defensive Player of the Year at his junior college and continues to show that ability in practice at TSU. He does everything the coach asks of him and has found favor because of that and his ability to defend.

- Transition offense and defense was the name of today’s game in practice. The team ran a drill that had one player shooting a foul shot with two defenders. The two defenders would then take the ball down the court and try to score on the one guy. If they did, or if the one guy forced a turnover, then two players would join the one guy and the three would attack the two. When the ball turned over from there, two more players joined the first two to make it a 4-on-3 advantage. Two would join after that, followed by one more, turning the drill into a three minute, 5-on-5 drill with the losing team running sprints.

- Charles Tucker and Zachary Lee connected on a superb alley-oop jam during the transition drill. It will be fun to watch these two players build a rapport and throw down alley-oops on a consistent basis during the season.

- Xavier Richards showed his ability to drive the lane, draw contact, and still finish his shot. So long as he can translate that to the game, he will cause a lot of chaos for opposing teams when he drives inside.

- Coach Ford has not found his starting lineup yet. He feels good about a few players and is nearing ready to announce the lineup, but it is not set in stone as of now. He is pleased with the pool of players he and his staff have put together and feels like he can play two solid rotations.

The season is just 22 days away.