Panther Basketball returns to practice

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern men’s basketball team heads back to the hardwood today for the start of fall practice in preparation for the upcoming season.  The Panthers will tip-off the 2009-10 schedule in just five weeks, November 16, against LaGrange College at 7:00 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.

With no seniors for the last two years, the Panthers en­ter the 2009-10 season with 12 returners along with seven freshmen and one transfer. Five seniors return this season as Aaron Parr, Roger Williams, Nathan West, Tyler Marsh and Dominic Whicher each hope to finish their careers on the Hilltop in style. “We are anxious to see how these seniors lead this team. They have invested a significant amount of time and energy into their development on the floor and in the classroom as student-athletes. Our hope is to send them out with a strong season in 2009-2010.”

Cole says the strength of this year’s Panther squad will be quality depth at every position. Competition for playing time at each spot will be at an all time high as practice begins. Cole views this as a positive and necessary step to building a winning program.

“We all know that competition breeds excellence. We don’t have any one superstar who has to carry the team. Our hope is to wear teams down with our depth and play a multitude of players each night. This makes for lively practices and keeps everyone focused during the games. Knowing that a time may come when each player will need to contribute to the team’s success should be a motivating factor for our players.”

Cole thinks the Birmingham-Southern Basketball Program has a bright future as it enters year number three. The Pan­thers hope to build on the strong foundation of the past two seasons and climb the ranks of the elite programs in NCAA Division III in 2009-2010.