Nov. 5, 2008
New Orleans - The Tulane men's basketball team hits the hardwood for the first time this season when the Green Wave hosts nearby neighbor Loyola in an exhibition game at 7 p.m. this Thursday at Fogelman Arena.
Tulane returns seven letterwinners, including three starters, and features two redshirt players and four newcomers. TU's returning starters are seniors Daniel Puckett and Robinson Louisme, along with junior Kevin Sims. Also returning are juniors Asim McQueen and Eric Vianney and the sophomore duo of Kris Richard and Johnny Mayhane. The Wave returns to redshirt players in sophomore David Booker and freshman Jon Anderson.
Sims, who averaged 12.2 points and 3.8 assists per game, is the team's top returning scorer and assists leader, and also led the team in three-pointers (46), while Louisme, who averaged 9.8 points and 5.4 rebounds, is the Wave's top returning rebounding leader.
The Green Wave bolstered its backcourt with the addition of a pair of freshmen signees from the state of Texas. Kendall Timmons is a 6'5" guard from Southwest High School in Fort Worth, while Trent Rogers is a 6'3" combination guard from Houston's Strake Jesuit High School. Timmons, the Texas 4A Player of the Year, averaged 18.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 3.9 steals led his team to the state title game, while Rogers, who was one of the top players in the Houston area, averaged 12.6 points per outing and guided his team to a district championship.
Tulane head coach Dave Dickerson enters his fourth season at the helm of the Green Wave basketball program and has an overall record of 46-45. Last season, Dickerson was named the NABC District 8 Coach of the Year.
The Wave has notched back-to-back seasons with 17 victories, which marks the school's first stretch of consecutive winning seasons in 11 years. Tulane completed the 2007-08 campaign with a 17-15 overall record.
Tulane will open the season at home against McNeese State on Saturday, November 15 at 7 p.m.