Exhibition to launch new A&M season
Texas-Permian Basin to visit Wednesday
Published: Monday, October 28, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 28, 2013 22:10
The Texas A&M men’s basketball team and the Reed Rowdies prepare for the last leg of the offseason as the Aggies face off against The University of Texas of the Permian Basin in a preseason exhibition match at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Reed Arena.
The Aggies, whose 2013-14 campaign officially starts Nov. 8 against The State University of New York at Buffalo at Reed Arena, will look to shore up mistakes in the unit’s first and only opportunity to practice with an outside opponent.
Alex Coleman, senior communication major and president of the Reed Rowdies, said he is most anticipating the new opponent factor, especially after a successful Maroon and White game on Oct. 18.
“I’m just ready to see our guys back on the court playing another team,” Coleman said. “I think we have a really exciting team. After the Maroon and White game, I got excited about all the young guys and all the newfound athleticism that we have on the court. We finally get to see this team play against an opponent instead of themselves and that’s going to be really fun.”
A&M will take the court under third-year head coach Billy Kennedy, and with senior guard Fabyon Harris and sophomore guards Alex Caruso and J’Mychal Reese.
One factor will be the influx of youth onto the team, including the freshman duo of Davonte Fitzgerald and Tavario Miller, who combined for 10 points and 19 boards in the Maroon and White game.
Furthermore, the addition of junior college transfer Jamal Jones, who contributed 11 points and three rebounds in the scrimmage, will serve as a jumping-off point for the Aggies.
Coleman said the explosiveness of the new players only adds to the versatility of the team, which has been lacking in recent years.
“We have just a bunch of athletic, exciting players,” Coleman said. “I think most of the excitement comes from some of the younger guys, some of the freshmen that we really don’t know much about. We got to see what all their hype was all about and that it was pretty warranted out of some of those guys, especially Davonte Fitzgerald and Jamal Jones. They were both pretty explosive.”