Aug. 10, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - A nice blend of returning players, newcomers, redshirts and players coming back from injury is the perfect scenario for the Tulane men's basketball and head coach Ed Conroy take his team on a preseason international trip.
Conroy and the Green Wave travel to Nassau, Bahamas, on Sunday for a five-day trip that includes three games.
"We are excited about the opportunity to travel together to a foreign country and represent Tulane University in athletic competition," Conroy said, who enters his third season as head coach. "This is the right time for our program to take the trip and it will help make us a better basketball team. It is also the first opportunity for many of our players to travel abroad and that is a unique experience that we are excited to share together."
Tulane will get the NCAA allowed 10 days of practice before traveling to Nassau on Sunday. Upon arrival will face the PJ Stingers at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium at 8:30 CT on the first day. The Green Wave will then face the Cybots on Monday at 8:30 p.m. CT in the same gym.
The final game of the trip is Tuesday at 4 p.m. CT against the Bahamas All-Stars in Isaacs Gym.
"There are numerous benefits to taking an off-season trip including the extra practice time and team building that takes place," Conroy added. "The extra time on the court is extremely valuable, especially with our freshman and redshirts. The off-court portion of the trip will be equally beneficial as we continue to develop a championship culture within our program."
Among the returning players for Conroy is the 2012 Conference USA Freshman of the Year Ricky Tarrant. Tarrant, a sophomore guard, is joined by junior forward Josh Davis and senior guard Jordan Callahan who started all 31 games during the 2011-12 campaign. Also back is senior forward Kendall Timmons, who started 16 games last season before suffering a season-ending injury.
Other Letter winners returning include senior guard Ben Cherry, junior center Kevin Thomas, redshirt junior center Tomas Bruha, and sophomores Jay Hook, Lotanna Nwogbo and Tre Drye. Last season's redshirts Nick Latzke (Fr., G), Max Keenan (Jr., G) and Josh Birchfield (So., F/C) will make the trip and participate for the first time as members of the Tulane Basketball team.
All four of Tulane's incoming freshmen, including Louis Dabney, Marc Eddy Norelia, RaAnthony Sanders and Kajon Mack should see their first action as college players as they travel for the first time with the Green Wave.