College basketball programs have been practicing for two full weeks. Player injuries are beginning to stack up and many teams are eager to compete against someone other than themselves.
The Memphis Tigers program released a video of coach Josh Pastner giving an update of the team as they continuing to prepare for the 2012-13 season. It has been a challenging first two weeks of practice for the team dealing with injuries of several players.
Fortunately several of the players were expected to be back participating in practice on Monday.
Pastner announced that senior forward D.J. Stephens, junior forward Tarik Black, junior guard Antonio Barton and sophomore forward Hippolyte Tsafack would be back in practice. Freshman forward Damien Wilson will again not participate in practice after injuring his back going for an offensive rebound on last Friday.
This is great news with the Tigers preparing to play in a closed scrimmage this Saturday, Nov. 3 against Alabama Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa. It gives the Tigers an opportunity to play against an SEC opponent, to evaluate the returning players and give the newcomers a live taste of the college level.
According to the video, the next two weeks of practice will be used to focus on defense and rebounding. The team has been using the shell drill daily to emphasize being in the right defensive spots and communication. Pastner previously mentioned to the Commercial Appeal that his favorite rebounding drill, cutthroat rebounding, is being used to increase the team’s performance on the boards.
Take a look at the video below to get Pastner’s inside look at the program:
Patosha Jeffery is the Memphis Tigers Featured Columnist at Rant Sports. Be sure to follow her on Twitter: @patoshajeffery