Hoops Practice Notebook

Get exclusive notes and details from today's SMU basketball practice!

Brown preaches speed

Larry Brown pushed his team to play faster throughout practice. He emphasized the depth of the roster and said they could ‘wear teams out with it.' Brown made players who weren't consistently sprinting on every play do push-ups as punishment. He kept referring back to the practice film he has been watching and expects his team to run hard all game. Brown also loves how well the team moves the ball around.

Williams shows leadership

Senior Shawn Williams has really stepped up as a leader so far this season. He is the first player out at practice every day and has been very vocal with his teammates. The coaches really like the progress he has made and appreciate how hard he works. Williams will be one of the best shooters on the team this season and one of the only seniors.

Freshman duo fitting in nicely

Both Sterling Brown and Ben Moore look much more experienced than a pair of freshman. Moore continues to show his freak athleticism and does a good job utilizing his terrific length. Brown, meanwhile, is a good passer and moves well off the ball. Both players can be out of place at times on offense, but they are both eager to learn and improve.

Quick Hits:

• The second half of practice was closed as the team prepared for a scrimmage against Texas Tech tomorrow

• Eric Snow pulled a couple players to the side and worked on their passing with them throughout the day

Cannen Cunningham had a very good practice, he has really worked on his midrange game

Crandall Head, Markus Kennedy, and Nic Moore missed another practice

Yanick Moreira had a doctor's appointment and did not attend either, but I spoke to him beforehand and will have a story on him next week.

• KT Turner was out on a recruiting trip but Ulric Maligi was back today

• The head coach of the Manitowoc Ships was also in attendance

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