Oct. 15, 2009
New Orleans - The Tulane men's basketball team will open the 2009-10 campaign and begin its fifth season under head coach Dave Dickerson this Friday with the first practice of the season at 5 p.m. inside Fogelman Arena. The team's opening practice of the year will be closed to the public.
Tulane returns nine total letterwinners for the 2009-10 campaign, including three starters, and will feature one player who sat out last season and four newcomers. Last season, the Wave finished with an overall record of 14-17 and a mark of 7-9 in Conference USA play, which was good enough for eighth-place. TU's roster breakdown includes three seniors, five juniors, two sophomores, one redshirt freshman and two true freshmen.
Tulane three returning starters include seniors Kevin Sims, Asim McQueen and junior Kris Richard. Tulane's six returning reserves include senior Eric Vianney, juniors Johnny Mayhane, David Booker and Geoff Hogan and the sophomore tandem of Trent Rogers and Jon Andersen. Each player provided valuable minutes for the Wave off the bench last season.
Also returning to the Tulane line-up is redshirt-freshman Kendall Timmons, who started four of nine games as a true freshman before back injuries shelved his rookie season.
"We're excited about the start of practice and very optimistic about the program as we head into our fifth year," Dickerson said. "We have a challenging schedule and we have some question marks about our team, but I like our strengths and we will see who emerges as an inside threat. We have strong leadership in Kevin (Sims), Eric (Vianney), Asim (McQueen) and Kris (Richard) and I'm very excited about our six returning players. We have a talented group of newcomers, highlighted by Aaron Holmes, which will be instrumental in our team's success this year."
The Green Wave bolstered each position on the team with the addition of its four newcomers, including freshman Jordan Callahan at point guard, junior-transfer Aaron Holmes at guard/forward, freshman Terrance Beasley at forward and New Orleans native, freshman Kelth Cameron, at forward/center.
Dickerson enters his fifth season at the helm of the Green Wave basketball program and has an overall record of 60-62. He will lead the Green Wave against 11 postseason teams from a year ago, including seven at Fogelman Arena, will participate in the 2009 Charleston Classic and will play a total of 16 home contests.
The season begins on Friday, November 13 at home against nationally ranked Georgetown at 8 p.m. Fans can catch an early glimpse of the squad on Monday, Nov. 9 against nearby neighbor, Loyola, at 7 p.m.