Isles' basketball is just around the corner

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi coach Willis Wilson
Posted at 7:17 PM, Sep 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-23 20:52:23-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — So much talk about football this time of year, but believe it or not, college basketball practice starts this week: the Islanders women tomorrow, and the men get going on Wednesday.

This is always an exciting time of year: there’s lots of optimism, and for good reason.

The men return several key players including a couple of players who were injured last year: Miles Smith and Perry Francois. Add in some very talented recruits, and this team has the makings of a very interesting season.

Islanders men's head coach Willis Wilson said he and his team can't wait to hit the court.

“Well, what we have been through in the past is like summer break: Wednesday will be like Christmas,” Wilson said. “We get a chance to open the packages and see what's in the inside, and we start to gear up for the start of the season. (What) I am most excited about is that I think we have a chance to be a fabulous defensive team. We have athleticism, along with playmakers, with guys who can cover a lot space. Our defensive system is not the easiest because we have a lot of rotations and switching, so it requires guys to play with a lot of energy over a four- or five-minute period.”

The Islanders men’s season opener is at home Nov. 6 against Louisiana Tech, and following a trip to Vanderbilt, the Isles will be back home to host the Islander Invitational.