Let the Good Times Roll?or should I say Bounce!
CHICAGO - On Sat., Oct. 17, men's and women's basketball kicked off their respective seasons with an open practice, which allowed fans first-hand insight on what the prospects look like for 2009-10.
The first 300 guests to enter McGrath Arena received complimentary lunch and t-shirts. The fans were then allowed to take their lunch inside the gymnasium and catch a glimpse of both the men's and women's squads.
The women took the floor first as they displayed an array of shooting and fast break drills. Coach Doug Bruno wrapped up the women's practice by thanking all of the fans who were in attendance and by expressing his expectations for the season.
Next, the men's team took the floor. Coach Jerry Wainwright went through staff and team introductions, prior to the beginning of practice. Once introductions were finished, each of Wainwright's assistants led the team in a drill focusing on their expertise. Fast break drills, shooting, and defensive slides were all part of the hour-long men's session. Upon completion, Wainwright also thanked the fans for attending and for their continued support of the program.