Evansville men’s basketball holds first summer practice of Ragland era

Evansville men’s basketball holds first summer practice of Ragland era


Evansville men’s basketball holds first summer practice of Ragland era

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — For the first time under a new regime, the gym at the Fifth Third Bank Practice Facility was occupied by the new-look University of Evansville men’s basketball team. Music blaired over the speakers as players worked through transition drills, put up shots and threw down dunks.

On Tuesday, new head coach David Ragland got to see his Purple Aces team.

“All the stuff we’ve been doing up to this is necessary, but this is the part that’s exciting,” Ragland said. “(There’s) nothing to be jittery about, just all out effort, energy and just teaching.”

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There was plenty of teaching to go around.

UE introduced 10 players to their new surroundings at the first practice, with four coming in as transfers. The Aces have been together and doing other team bonding activities prior to taking the court for the first time.

The four transfers — Sekou Sada Kalle from Akron, Marvin Coleman II from UNLV, Kenny Strawbridge Jr. from Alabama State and Yacine Toumi from Indian Hills Community College — have made their presence felt in the first days of summer work.

Yacine Toumi dunks the ball at the first UE Men's Basketball summer practice at Fifth Third Bank Practice Facility, in Evansville, Ind., Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

“The ability to hang out with them and talk with them and build with them on and off the court is amazing. It’s a blessing,” forward Trey Hall said. “The chemistry is only going to get tighter and tighter over the days, over the weeks, and by the season’s time, we should be rolling with it with no problems. I can already see it starting to build together right now.”

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