By Stephen Trembley
By Stephen Trembley
FRESNO, Calif. --- The Fresno State men's basketball team started fall practice on Monday with a high-energy practice that focused on setting the tone for the upcoming season.
As a nod to the importance that third-year head coach Rodney Terry places on defense, the Bulldogs began fall practice with a series of aggressive defensive drills and continued to work on effort and execution throughout the first session.
"The guys had great intensity start to finish in our first day of practice," Terry said. "The tone of what is expected everyday was set today."
Prior to officially starting fall practice, the Bulldogs took a trip over the coast for a team retreat that helped lay the groundwork for fall camp.
The 'Dogs return four players from that contributed last season - led by senior guards Tyler Johnson (12.1 ppg/4.1 rpg/2.0 apg) and Allen Huddleston (9.7 ppg/2.1 rpg/1.7 apg). The other two returners are sophomores - guard Marvelle Harris (7.4 ppg/2.5 rpg/1.5 apg) and forward/center Tanner Giddings (2.1 ppg/1.9 rpg).
The newcomers are led by point guard Cezar Guerrero (transfer from Oklahoma State) and forward Alex Davis, with freshmen Karachi Edo, Emmanuel Owootoah and Paul Watson also figuring to make an immediate impact - especially due to the potentially season-ending neck injury suffered by sophomore Braeden Anderson, who played in ten games last season and was expected to be a significant part of the team this year.
Guerrero is a dynamic floor general that can facilitate in the transition and half court, while keeping defenders honest as a dangerous scoring threat at any time. Meanwhile, Davis adds a powerful rebounding authority to the Bulldogs' offensive and defensive arsenal.
Terry is asking Edo to focus on defense and take advantage of his ability to play above the rim. Owootoah's quickness and court vision are strengths and Watson provides add length and size on the perimeter - aided by his significant development over the summer with his strong work in the weight room.
Fresno State, who is entering its second season in the Mountain West, will open the 2013-14 season on Nov. 8 at UC Irvine. The Bulldogs' home opener is set for Saturday, Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. versus Northridge.
Season ticket packages are available starting at $149 by calling 559-278-DOGS or by visiting www.gobulldogs.com.
"Catch the Wave" - 2013-14 Fresno State men's basketball season tickets are now on sale and can be ordered online at www.gobulldogs.com or over the phone at 559-278-DOGS (3647). The official home of the Fresno State Bulldogs is 940 AM ESPN Radio.
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