Crusaders set to kick off 2005-06 season
Friday, October 14, 2005
Crusaders set to kick off 2005-06 season

TIGERVILLE, SC – The North Greenville University men’s basketball team opens the 2005-06 season with a Late-Night Hoops event and their first practice of the year this weekend.

The Crusaders are hosting their first ever Late-Night Hoops event on Friday night at 11:30 in Hayes Gymnasium on the campus of North Greenville. The event is the giving the university the chance to promote the program to the NGU students as well as the Greenville community. Late-Night Hoops events include a dunk-contest, a three-point shootout, and games and contests for the fans in attendance.

“We always have a great student fan base at our home games,” said Crusader head coach Chad Lister. “This event is just a chance for our students, and the community at large, to get excited about North Greenville Basketball.

“Plus, this is the first time an event like this has ever happened at North Greenville. It is fun to be a part of it.”

Admission to Late-Night Hoops is free.

In addition to this inaugural event, this weekend also serves as the first chance for Division II college basketball programs around the country to practice as a full squad. While the preseason is full of small group workouts, weight lifting, and conditioning, Saturday marks the first day when the entire team can practice together.

“The first day of practice is always a little nerve-racking,” added Lister. “You are always excited about seeing your guys on the floor as a group for the first time, but you have to keep in mind that there will be a fair amount of rust to knock off.

“As far as this team goes, we brought in five new faces for this season, so I am anxious to see how quickly they can get comfortable in our offensive and defensive philosophies.”

The Crusaders return four starters from last season’s team that finished 10-20 in 2004-05. Highlighting the North Greenville roster is Victor Duck, a sophomore guard who averaged 13.7 points per game last season and was selected to the Division II All-Independent Team, and PJ Schumacher, a junior guard who averaged 11.7 points per game and made 83 three-pointers on the year.

North Greenville opens its 2005-06 schedule with an exhibition game at Charleston Southern on November 10.