Men's Basketball practice underway

Men's Basketball practice underway

Campbell opened the first official full pre-season practice under the direction of first-year head coach Kevin McGeehan on Tuesday afternoon at Gore Arena.

McGeehan and his staff put the Camels through a two-and- 1/2 hour session as the team prepares for its Nov. 8 season opener.

"We're excited to get started," said McGeehan, who was hired last spring after serving for eight years on the staff at the University of Richmond, most recently as associated head coach.  "We have a good group of guys who have worked hard.  They've really embraced what we've tried to do since we've been here."

The Camel staff will continue to install offensive and defensive systems.  Ten letter winners – including four players who started at least 18 games – return from last year's squad.

"We spent a good portion of the spring and summer putting in our offensive general principles, and began installing our defensive concepts over the last few weeks.  But it's nice to have the full week of practice, not just two hours a week with the entire group, to work with.  We're playing a different style than a lot of teams in the country, so there's a lot to be done."

Senior forward Marvelle Harris is the team's top returning scorer (8.2) and rebounder (6.4) from a year ago.  A veteran returning core also includes senior forward Leek Leek (5.1, 2.4) and a trio of red-shirt juniors in forward Reco McCarter (8.0 ppg in 2012-13), guard Andrew Ryan (7.1) and center Darius Leonard (5.6).

Campbell opens its 2013-14 schedule on Nov. 8 at home vs. Division III member Shenandoah before traveling to Appalachian State (Nov. 12) and NC State (Nov. 16) in the first two games of the Global Sports Shootout.

The Camels are coming off a 2012-13 campaign where they finished 13-20 overall and 7-9 in the Big South Conference.  Among last year's highlights were victories over Appalachian State (101-82) and UNC Wilmington (72-60) and an overtime triumph at East Carolina (86-81).

McGeehan's squad will have 15 games to prepare for its Big South opener, Jan.8 at home vs. defending North Division champion High Point.