Head Coach Will Wade encourages Mayan Kiir during an early opening day practice drill at the LSU Practice Facility Friday.
Steve Franz

Basketball Tigers Open Practice Under Coach WIll Wade

Kent Lowe (@LSUkent)
Kent Lowe (@LSUkent)
Communications Sr. Associate

BATON ROUGE – The first of 30 practice days saw the LSU Basketball Tigers go almost three hours in the LSU practice facility Friday, as the media got its first real look at the Tigers on the floor under the direction of head coach Will Wade.

Over the course of the afternoon there was work on everything from the basic fundamentals of the game with players working at several stations on the court on free throw block outs, dribbling and pressure free throw shooting to offensive setups and defensive drills.

Basketball teams are allowed the 30 days of practice over a 42-day period which will lead to the start of the 2017-18 season on Friday, Nov. 10 against Alcorn State. Tickets for that game and information on LSU basketball ticket availability can be found at LSUtix.net.

The media was allowed in the facility for the first 45 minutes of the session.

“It was a typical opening day,” said Coach Wade, in his first-year as head coach. “The defense was ahead of the offense which you would expect. I thought our guys played hard. I wish we had a little bit better attention to detail with what we are doing and we got a little fatigued. We need be able to fight through it a little better. But it’s the first day. We are a work in progress. We’ve got to keep taking steps forward.”

The Tigers had 14 players dressed for the opening practice but graduate transfer Jeremy Combs from North Texas and freshman Galen Alexander of Breaux Bridge worked out on the side while recovering from injuries. Randy Onwuasor, a graduate transfer from Southern Utah, missed the practice with what Coach Wade called a “family issue.”

The team will take Saturday off and resume practice on Sunday.