Practice Commences For Men's Basketball

Oct. 15, 2010

Baltimore, Md. - The 2010-2011 Loyola University Maryland men's basketball season officially got underway this afternoon at 5 o'clock as it joined men's basketball teams from across the country in practicing for the first time. The team has its eyes on Wednesday's Green-Grey scrimmage as its first test of the season.

Seventh-year head coach Jimmy Patsos welcomes five newcomers to go along with 10 returning letterwinners from the 2009-2010 unit. Leading the group are senior guards Jamal Barney and Brian Rudolph. Barney is 105 points away from 1,000 for his career and has been Loyola's leading scorer in both of his seasons in a Greyhounds uniform. Rudolph ranks fourth all-time in assists at the school and is the 2008 MAAC Co-Rookie of the Year.

Junior forward Shane Walker ended his first season with the Greyhounds with a bang, scoring a career-high 26 points with eight rebounds in the season finale. A healthy season from junior forward Anthony Winbush will be a welcome addition and junior guard J'hared Hall averaged 11.3 points during a four-game stretch of starts last January. Junior forwards Paolo Ivis and Josh Wiegand will provide depth along the frontline.

Sophomore guard Robert Olson was a MAAC All-Rookie choice following his freshman year and sophomore forward Julius Brooks started 24 games in his first season. They are joined by transfer-eligible Erik Etherly, a sophomore forward who began his career at Northeastern University and will have three seasons in a Greyhounds uniform.

Newcomers include freshmen guards Dylon Cormier, Justin Drummond and Pierson Williams. They are joined by walk-ons Luke Wandrusch and Chido Onyiuke.

Loyola will have a scrimmage in October and host Shepherd in an exhibition contest on Thursday, November 4. The regular season gets underway Friday, November 12, when the Greyhounds host Drexel at 8 o'clock in Reitz Arena.