Jonesboro (ASU) - Official team preparations for the 2010-11 Arkansas State men's basketball squad begin Friday at 5 p.m. as the Red Wolves take to the floor of the HPESS for their first official team practice of the year.
The Red Wolves have four of five starters returning from last season's squad which went 17-14 with an 11-7 record in Sun Belt play which placed them second in the West Division. A-State will also welcome five newcomers to the team – two true freshmen, a redshirt freshman, a junior college transfer and a Division I transfer will all be eligible to play for the first time at ASU.
Junior Martavius Adams is ASU's top returner from last year averaging 11.6 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game. Senior guard Rashad Allison is the second-leading scorer from last year. He returns after averaging 8.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game and leading the team with 127 assists and a 1.8 assist/turnover ratio.
The Red Wolves will also get back Donald Boone who led the Red Wolves in scoring two season ago and received a sixth year by the NCAA. Boone was the Red Wolves top scorer in 2008-09, averaging 13.6 points per game which ranked 11th in the Sun Belt Conference. He led the team with 54 steals, which was second in the league. For his stellar debut season at ASU, Boone was named Preseason All-Sun Belt prior to the 2009-10 season.
"We are excited about the beginning of practice," said Arkansas State head coach John Brady. "We have size, experience and we have Donald Boone back for a sixth year. We won 17 games last year and unless we do something to hurt ourselves in terms of a poor decision or a bad choice off the floor, we feel like we should have a very successful season of basketball."
Brady is in his third season as head coach at Arkansas State and was named the District VII Coach of the Year by the US Basketball Writers Association and Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year. Brady led the Red Wolves to their best league mark since the 2006-07 season and an appearance in the quarterfinal round of the SBC Tournament, defeating in-state rival UALR in opening-round action.