Nov. 4, 2011
RUSTION, La. - The Michael White era of Louisiana Tech Bulldogs basketball begins Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Thomas Assembly Center against Texas A&M-Kingsville in an exhibition contest.
"I am extremely excited to go out there and get to coach," said head coach Michael White. "I am also really excited for our freshmen to have an opportunity to be tested at this level, for our returners to have an opportunity to reach heights that they weren't able to reach last year and for the staff to finally get a chance to coach against someone else."
The Bulldogs return six letterwinners from last year's team lead by junior Brandon Gibson (Marianna, Fla.), the top returning scorer (9.2 ppg) and rebounder (5.1 rpg), and sophomore Kenyon McNeail (Conway, Ark.) who set freshman records for three-point field goals attempted (131), made (45) and percentage (34.4).
Also returning is senior Romario Souza (Mias Gerias, Brazil), junior J.L. Lewis (Gonzales, La.) and sophomores Cordarius Johnson (Coushatta, La.) and Lonnie Smith (Birmingham, Ala.), all of whom started at least five games during the 2010-11 season. Freshman Stojan Gjuroski (Gostivar, Macedonia) will see his first action this year after redshirting last season.
The exhibition will be the first of 16 home games this season for the Bulldogs who have posted three straight winning season in the TAC and 26 in 29 seasons.
White will learn a lot about the makeup of the young Bulldogs and to see where they can improve before starting the season on Nov. 13 against Mississippi College at 3 p.m in the TAC.
"We will finally to really evaluate the guys as a team and individually to see where the strengths and weaknesses are and how we can improve heading into the season," White said.
Texas A&M-Kingsville is a member of the Lone Star Conference and coming off a 9-17 season in which they finished seventh in the South Division. Marcus Ford (6.5 ppg and 5.0 rpg) and Reid Wallace (5.3 ppg and 2.3 rpg) are the only returning players who saw action last year while Robert Williams returns after redshirting in 2010-11.
Fans can follow the action through GameTracker via a link at the top of the page and through LATechSports.com, the official home of Louisiana Tech Athletics. Twitter users can also follow sports information contact Phillip Pongratz at www.twitter.com/LATechSports to get updates of the game.
Admission is free to the exhibition contest.