Mens Basketball Holds Open Practice


Posted Oct 13, 2007 21:59:01

Men?s Basketball Holds Open Practice

RUSTON -- Saturday morning showed a lot of promise for the future of the men?s basketball program at Louisiana Tech University as head coach Kerry Rupp held his first open practice of the 2007 season.

?I was excited to get a good look at our team,? Rupp said. ?I thought the kids picked up the pace and showed us what they were made of. We?re still a work in progress, but the main thing is that we had good energy today.?

Tabbed in the preseason for a seventh-place finish in conference, the Bulldogs showed intensity for Rupp and his staff looking to prove critics wrong about the ranking.

The Bulldogs practiced for over two hours in the Thomas Assembly Center in front of a small crowd in the stands. Rupp covered basic fundamentals and drills throughout the session. Tech will only return one starter from last year?s squad in Drew Washington after graduating a total of seven players dating back to Fall 2006.

The practice also gave fans the chance to see the brand-new floor at the TAC provided by a generous donation from Tech and NBA legend Karl Malone.

?The guys love the court,? Rupp said. ?They can definitely tell a difference in how it felt. And it?s just one of many renovations we?re seeing become reality. We want all these things to give our fans the best team we can.?

The Bulldogs will open the season up Nov. 10 against Mississippi State.