Kennesaw State Men's Basketball Team Officially Opens Practice Friday, Oct. 12

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KSU Men's Basketball Schedule | Flight Night Information KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct. 11, 2012) —…

Georgia (Oct 12, 2012)KSU Men's Basketball Schedule | Flight Night Information

KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct. 11, 2012) — The build-up to the 2012-13 men’s basketball season begins this weekend when Kennesaw State second-year head coach Lewis Preston holds the team’s first official practice on Friday.

Three of the top four scorers from a year ago return this season, including senior guard Markeith Cummings (Birmingham, Ala. / Beach HS), who ranks third on Kennesaw State’s all-time scoring list with 1,603 points. Cummings was second in the Atlantic Sun Conference in scoring last season after averaging 15.4 points a game.

Also returning for the Owls are sophomore guard Delbert Love (Cleveland, Ohio / St. Edward HS) and senior forward Aaron Anderson (Tucson, Ariz. / Central Arizona College). Love, who was a unanimous pick to the A-Sun’s All-Freshman team, made an immediate impact after averaging 12.4 points per game, while Anderson contributed 8.9 points and a conference-leading 9.0 rebounds a game.

Preston added to the roster a highly regarded group of seven newcomers who also are expected to make an immediate impact. The group includes Yonel Brown (Lawrenceville, Ga./Berkmar HS), Myles Hamilton (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Edward HS), Cole Hobbs (Atlanta, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian School), Willy Kouassi (Abidjan, Ivory Coast/Auburn), Jordan Montgomery (Orlando, Fla./Orlando Christian Prep), Bernard Morena (Abidjan, Ivory Coast/Auburn) and Nigel Pruitt (Potomac, Md./Bullis School).

Both Kouassi and Morena, who transferred to Kennesaw State from Auburn, will redshirt during the upcoming season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules.

The Owls are looking to rebound from a difficult 2011-12 season in which they went 3-28 overall and 0-18 in Atlantic Sun Conference play. Despite a tough season, Kennesaw State improved late in the year, losing four of its final five games by a combined 14 points. Two of those losses came in overtime and none were by more than four points.

Fans will have their first chance to see the new-look Owls when the Department of Athletics hosts Flight Night on Saturday at the KSU Convocation Center. The event will be part of Homecoming festivities and will feature the introduction of the men’s and women’s teams, scrimmages by both teams and the unveiling a new-look “Scrappy”. Flight Night is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Kennesaw State makes its first home appearance on Nov. 1 when it hosts Piedmont in an exhibition at the KSU Convocation Center beginning at 7 p.m. The Owls open their 30-game schedule on Friday, No. 9 when they travel to Knoxville, Tenn., to take on Tennessee at Thompson-Boling Arena.

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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