The Pittsburg State men's basketball teamofficially began practice for the 2013-14 season today (Tuesday, October 15) at 2 p.m.
TheGorillas will primarily have a new look for the 13-14 season, as the teamreturns only four players from last year's team: sophomore gurad Jake Bullard,junior guard Sam Pugh, senior guard Ethan Cordray and senior forward TerrellEaddy.
Bullardis the leading returning scorer, as he averaged 7.0 points and 2.7 rebounds agame as a freshman. He played in 23 games and started 15. Sam Pugh averaged 3.8points per game and leads the returners in assists and steals. He played in 28games with 10 starts. Eaddy saw limited playing time after transferring to PittState, playing 11.4 minutes a game last year. Cordray also saw limited minutes,playing in 21 games and averaging 6.3 minutes per game.
PittState adds nine new players including five transfers, three freshmen and onejunior who will see his first collegiate action. Jerrod Gaston (6-3 Guard,Murphusboro, Ill.) and Lamine Dieng (6-8 Forward, Thies, Senegal) join theGorillas from Vincennes University in Indiana. Alex Williams redshirted lastseason after transferring from Cloud County Community College and will look tosee his first court time this season. Connor Kjer is a 6-6 guard/forward fromLa Habra, Calif. that transferred from St. Edward's University. DevonBranch is a Division I transfer from the University of Oregon.
CodyGafford has been enrolled at Pittsburg State for two years and joined thebasketball team as a junior this season. His sister Kylie, is a sophomore onthe women's basketball team.
PittState's three freshmen are Josiah Gustafson, a 6-6 guard/forward from MillardNorth High School in Omaha, Neb., Trevor Gregory, a 6-7 forward from Lee'sSummit West High School, and Hunter Leahy, a 6-7 forward from Kingwood HighSchool in Kingwood, Texas. Gregory is also the brother of another PittsburgState athlete, his sister Haylee is a sophomore on the volleyball team.
TheGorilla men will play two exhibition games against Kansas and Kansas Statebefore beginning their regular schedule. The team opens the season on the roadagainst Newman and William Jewell. The Gorillas host a home tournament on November 22 and 23 before going tothe West Texas A&M Thanksgiving Shootout on November29 and 30.
The conference portion of the season opens at Northwest Missouri onDecember 5. The team will play one last non-conference game on December 18against West Texas A&M in John Lance Arena before the first conference homegame against Southwest Baptist on December 21. The new year opens withLindenwood on the road. The MIAA conference tournament begins with first roundgames on campus sites on Tuesday, March 4. Teams advancing tothe Kansas City portion of the tournament will begin play on Friday, March 7. NCAA Regionals begin March 15. The 2013 NCAADivision II Elite Eight will begin March 26 at the FordCenter in Evansville, Ind.
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