|Updated: 8/09/2012 8:36 pm
||Published: 8/09/2012 8:34 pm
TULSA, Okla. – First-year Head Coach Danny Manning and the Tulsa basketball team have been hard at work for the past week in preparation for a six-day summer exhibition tour of Canada, Aug. 14-19.
The Golden Hurricane, which is integrating seven newcomers with five returning players in 2012-13, will play four games in four days in and around Toronto. TU will face Brock University in Niagara Falls, Ontario on Aug. 15, before returning to Toronto for games against Ryerson University on Aug. 16, Seneca College on Aug. 17, and A-Game Hoops on Aug. 18.
Manning spoke about his team’s summer workouts and August practices gearing up for the exhibition tour, as well as the excitement about making the trip and getting to see his players in action against outside competition.
“We’re a work in progress, but we’re trying and we’re getting better each and every day, each and every practice,” Manning said. “That’s the goal. Hopefully when we get to Canada, we will be able to play a few good stretches of basketball throughout our tour. One thing that is very beneficial is the ability to see our team in game action. That’s very beneficial."
Tulsa returns senior guards Scottie Haralson and Jamie Booker, junior guard Tim Peete, sophomore forward Blondy Baruti and redshirt freshman forward Brandon Swannegan to the team in 2012-13. The Hurricane welcomed senior transfer forward Kauri Black, junior college transfer guard Pat Swilling, Jr., and freshman guards Shaquille Harrison, Rashad Ray and James Woodard, and freshman forwards Zeldric King and D’Andre Wright to the squad this year.
“It’s a learning process for all of us to be honest with you,” Manning said. “It’s a learning process for our coaching staff because it’s the first time we’ve worked with this group. We’re all feeling each other out, but we’re all working hard to get better each and every day. The upper classmen are starting to take a little bit more ownership in what’s going on and showing some leadership. So that’s always encouraging. From there, we’ll just see what we have when we get to Canada. This trip is going to be good. It’s good that we have a chance to see our team play.”
Tulsa Exhibition Games in Canada
Aug. 15 – 7 p.m. – Tulsa at Brock University (Niagara Falls, Ontario)
Aug. 16 – 7 p.m. – Tulsa at Ryerson University (Toronto)
Aug. 17 – 7 p.m. – Tulsa at Seneca College (Toronto)
Aug. 18 – 1 p.m. – Tulsa vs. A-Game Hoops (Toronto)
Story courtesy of TU media relations.