Saturday, October 18, 2003
TUSCALOOSA - The ten extra days of practice the University of Alabama men’s basketball team got by virtue of its trip to the Bahamas for play in August showed Saturday. Alabama took to the court at 10 a.m. for its first official day of practice for the 2003-04 season.
“All of the returning guys were ahead,” said Alabama coach Mark Gottfried who is going into his sixth season as his Alma Mater’s head coach. “We’d basically already put a lot of the offense in and looked at some things defensively, so we’re ahead from that standpoint. But your young guys, the freshmen, they are obviously new at it.”
Alabama has five new players, all freshmen, who experienced their first college basketball practice on Saturday.
“I thought all of them did different things well,” said Gottfried. “We’re a little thin and they aren’t very strong yet, but I like how they work. And if you work hard like that, it’s only going to turn into good for you.”
Alabama practiced for about three hours on Saturday.
“I thought it was a good first day. We’re not a very good team right now and we’ve got to get a lot better. But I do like how they worked hard. And if they give us that kind of effort every day, we’re going to become a lot better.”
The Tide will practice on Sunday and Monday at 3:30 and then at 6 a.m. on Tuesday.
Fans can come see the 2003-04 team in action on Saturday, October 25 at 10:30 a.m. when it holds its annual “Fan Jam” in Coleman Coliseum. No admission is charged.
Jason Reese, Antoine Pettway, LaKory Daniels, Lucky Williams, Demetrius Smith, Justin Jonus, Mark Gottfried, Akini Adkins, Jemareo Davidson, and Kennedy Winston during practice Saturday
The team huddles up during practice
Mark Gottfried takes his players through drills in Alabama’s 1st practice