It’s only twenty two days until UTSA faces a stern opening test against the defending Mountain West Champions, the Fresno State Bulldogs. The 'Runners continue to be a work in progress as they establish schemes, work on team chemistry, and sort out who will be on the floor.
Overall, practice was held at a high level of intensity on Thursday afternoon. Freshman George Willborn III, Sophomore Nick Allen, and Junior J.R. Harris were some of the standouts. The 'Runners worked a lot on half court sets, both offense and defense.
Here are a few other notes from Thursday's practice, along with a one-on-one interview with freshman shooting guard George Willborn III.
-- Early on, coaches broke up the team to work individually. The bigs were on one side with Coach Thompson and Coach Hood, while Coach Peck worked the guards and wings.
-- There is still a lot of rotating within the first and second teams. At one point, three freshmen (Willborn, De Nicolao, Frohnen) were in the starting line up. Juniors Gino Littles and Austin Karrer were going back and forth as well.
-- Freshman George Willborn III shows he may the skill-set and athleticism to be a starter from day one. He's quick, elusive and when attacking the hole, glides to the rim.
-- Forward Nick Allen had a quality all around practice. He was aggressive on the offensive end and was all over the court defensively picking off passes and chasing down loose balls.
-- A good surprise for the staff today was James Ringholt, who showed his range from the baseline and extended all the way into the corner.
-- A.J. Cockrell did participate in some drills before seeing the medical staff on getting ice on his knee. He is expected to be ready for the season opener.
-- During five on five, senior Nick Billingsley had two consecutive steals that ended up in break away dunks on the other end. He followed that with a three pointer.
-- Austin Karrer went back and forth today, starting with the orange team by the mid-point of practice until the end. He made some plays going full court, showing a nice touch on the three-ball and was aggressive in cutting to the hoop.
Interview with Freshman Guard George Willborn III