First day of basketball practice a success

Arkansas State University Basketball got officially underway here today as the Red Wolves takes to the floor at the HPESS Center for its first day of fall practice. Veteran Coach John Brady was upbeat and excited about this upcoming season and it appears for good reason. Go "Inside" for complete coverage of today's first practice.

Arkansas State University Basketball got officially underway here today as the Red Wolves takes to the floor at the HPESS Center for its first day of fall practice.

Veteran Coach John Brady was upbeat and excited about this upcoming season and it appears for good reason.

With three returning starters, all seniors and a junior expected to come off the bench to help take the Red Wolves to their best season in Brady's tenure at ASU.

"I'm really pleased with where we are as a team right now," Brady told AStateNation.com after tonight's practice. "The additional time we got to spend with our team this summer and the new rule of two hours a week since school started has really helped putting us ahead of where we were this time last year."

One of those three returning starters and senior leader is Trey Finn. According to Brady, he expects Finn to have his best year as an Arkansas State Basketball player.

"We are going to do our best to get Trey more shots, with his shooting percentage being as high as it is, that should mean more points offensively," Brady said. "Having a healthy Trey Finn season will be huge for us. He is a great player and a great leader has a chance of having a really good senior season."

Finn agrees with his head coach.

"This is as healthy as I have been in a long time," Finn said after practice. "I would say that 100 percent right now. Today's practice felt really good, I'm taking care of my body, icing after every practice and it felt good out there today."

According to Brady, he plans on counting on his three returning senior starters Finn, Brandon Peterson and Marcus Hooten. Add junior transfer from the University of Houston Kendrick Washington and it appears that a true freshman may break into the starting lineup.

"If we had to line up and play tonight, we would start true freshman Cameron Golden at the point guard position," Brady said. "He has tremendous skills, we feel that he has the chance to be really good for us."

Arkansas State actually returns four starters from last year's team that made a major run in the Sun Belt, upsetting Middle Tennessee and advancing to the finals before falling to North Texas.

According to Brady, junior Ed Townsel will be the sixth man coming off the bench this season for the Red Wolves.

"Ed is a scorer that can add a lot to our offensive success," Brady said. "We feel he will add something coming off the bench. He will be our sixth man, we expect a lot of good things from him."

Expectations appears to be high for this year's team.

"It's our goal to win the Sun Belt Conference Tournament and go to the NCAA Tourney," Finn said. "We have a good group of senior leadership, we feel that we have the pieces to accomplish our goals."

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