Fall Practice Begins

Written By: Matthew Sokol

The Campbell Men’s Basketball team hosted their first practice of the season on Monday afternoon starting the 2015-16 campaign. Last season, Campbell posted a 10-22 record overall, hoping to build on that campaign under second year head coach Kevin McGeehan.

Out of the total 32 games played in the season, Campbell scored 63.9 points per game. During play at Gore Arena last season, the squad went 9-6 at home while finishing just 1-15 on the road.

There have been some important changes made on the coaching staff this year at Campbell University. Back on Sept. 24, Kenneth White was named the Director of Player Development. Mike Magpayo and Kevin Smith have been named to the assistant coaching position under head coach Kevin McGeehan.

Senior D.J. Mason is a key player to watch going forward in preseason practices. In 2014, the Clarkton, N.C. native was ranked 20th among the rest of the Big South scoring leaders (11.2). Mason also was 16th on the boards (5.2) and 10th in the block department (0.94). Mason was also given the accolade of fourth-team all-conference by College Sports Madness.

Another key player to look out for is sophomore Curtis Phillips, a 2015 Big South all-freshman team selection. Phillips was the second-leading freshman scorer (8.6) in the league, increasing his mark to nearly 10 points per game in Big South Conference play.

Freshman Chris Clemons is a newcomer to the team that could make an immediate impact for the Fighting Camels after playing high school ball at Millbrook. The Raleigh, N.C. native has been a two-time Cap-8 Conference player of the year. The two-year starter notched 1230 points, the 2nd-highest total in the school history, while also receiving the 2014 Wake County Kappa Scholars Award.

The team’s summer tour in Europe was a major success creating solid team chemistry learning more about other cultures in Belguim, Germany, Ireland and Netherlands; among other great destinations.

The Fighting Camels went undefeated (4-0) in team competition, winning each contest by double-digit margins. McGeehan was able to hold 10 full practices with the team before the tour started. Campbell was on tour from Aug. 5-10 going across different parts of Europe, building added chemistry for the season.

Campbell opens up the 2015-2016 campaign on Friday night, Nov. 13 when they host Montreat College with an 8:15 p.m. tip to open the regular season at Gore Arena.

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