Daily Approach is Gradual Improvement for @LATechHoops

Oct. 17, 2014

RUSTON - It may sound like coach talk, but it is absolutely true when Michael White says all he wants to see on a daily basis is a gradual collective improvement in all areas.

The Bulldogs are officially coming up on fall practice No. 10 today, but this building process with four returning starters, two redshirts, two junior college transfers and five freshmen has been going on since July.

"We gave our nine newcomers a little taste of everything this summer so this fall could be more of a review than an introduction," White said. "That said experience and repetition are the only things that will decrease mistakes over time.

"We have improved in several areas over these first nine practices. We have reviewed and worked on many of our principals that we introduced this summer and physically we have taken a big step, especially in regards to our conditioning."

Conditioning has been critical to LA Tech winning conference championships the past two years. With great conditioning comes great defense and rebounding which are the cornerstones of the program.

Conference USA and the nation have certainly taken notice of who the Bulldogs are and what they could do on the basketball court in 2014-15, especially with the big four in Raheem Appleby, Kenneth Smith, Michale Kyser and Alex Hamilton.

The league coaches voted LA Tech as the preseason favorites and put the trio of guards on the 10-person preseason all-conference team.

"Our leadership from our vets has exceeded my expectations, each in their own right," White said. "All four have been as instrumental as instructors and leaders as they have been players."



A week later, the preseason USA Today Coaches top 25 poll was released and the `Dogs picked up eight points which was good for a tie for 36th place.

The recognition is a testament to the success this team has had over the past two seasons, but the daily approach is and always will be on seeking improvement in all facets of the game.

The season tips off for LA Tech on Nov. 14 when the `Dogs travel to Baton Rouge to face Southern.

Season tickets are still available and can be purchased by contacting the LA Tech Ticket Office by phone at (318) 257-36-31 or by email at techtickets@latech.edu.

For the latest in Bulldog Basketball, follow them on Twitter (@LATechHoops), Instagram (@LATechHoops) and Facebook (LATechMBB) and on the official website at LATechSports.com.


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