NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee State men’s basketball team is just over a week into official practices in preparation for the 2018-19 season.
Throughout the summer and the start of fall practices, first-year Head Coach Brian “Penny” Collins has worked to blend six returning letterwinners with four players who redshirted in 2017-18 and five newcomers.
Collins checked in with TSUTigers.com with three early observations from official practices.
- THE ENERGY LEVEL IS HIGH
“I’ve been extremely impressed with how well our guys have been able to sustain energy for an entire practice. They’ve come in with a lot of spirit. They’ve done a good job of showing how much they care about each other from play-to-play. If they can continue to do that, it can be infectious, and it helps continue to create our culture.”
- THE TEAM IS SHOOTING THE BALL WELL
“Our guys have been putting a lot of time into shooting, and it’s really starting to pay off. We’re shooting at a high clip. The fact that we put the work in, there are a handful of guys that have shown that they can shoot it well from the perimeter.”
- VALUING THE BALL IS A POINT OF EMPHASIS
“Seeing that we want to play fast, the importance of valuing each possession has increased tremendously. So far in practice, we’ve put a premium on eliminating turnovers.”