What You Need to Know:
* Georgia State men’s basketball will officially begin practice for the 2019-20 season on Wednesday.
* The Panthers will open the regular season on Nov. 6, hosting Brewton-Parker at 7 p.m. in the GSU Sports Arena.
* Georgia State is under the leadership of first-year head coach Rob Lanier who previously served as the Associate Head Coach at Tennessee which was ranked No. 1 in the country last season.
ATLANTA-Coming off a second-straight Sun Belt Conference title and the first back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament in program history, the Georgia State men’s basketball team will officially open practice and preparations for the 2019-20 season on Wednesday. It is the first official practice for the team and gives the Panthers about six weeks before their lone exhibition game on Nov. 1.
Georgia State finished last year 24-10, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in five years. This year’s squad will have a new look at the top as Rob Lanier will take the helm of the Panthers after serving as the Associate Head Coach at Tennessee for the last four years.
The Panthers have reached postseason play six times in the last eight years and have more wins than any other NCAA Division I program in the state of Georgia since the start of the 2013-14 season.
Among the returners for Georgia State are starters Kane Williams and Damon Wilson. Williams, now entering his junior season, averaged 11.1 points and 3.4 assists per game last season while shooting 51.1 percent from the floor and 40.0 percent from 3-point range. Wilson enters his senior season after averaging 5.4 points and 3.2 rebounds per contest while shooting 51.1 percent from the floor and 46.9 percent from 3-point range.
The duo is joined by fellow returners Chris Clerkley, Kavonte Ivery, Josh Linder, and Nelson Phillips. Following redshirt seasons last year, junior Corey Allen and sophomore Justin Roberts will see their first action in a Panther uniform on the court this season.
Lanier and his staff also brought in a talented group of newcomers to complement those returning from last year. Freshmen big men Joe Jones III and Jalen Thomas will be eligible to make an impact immediately, while transfers JoJo Toppin (Georgia) and Eliel Nsoseme (Cincinnati) will redshirt this season per NCAA transfer rules.
The Panthers will open the season on Nov. 1, hosting Point in an exhibition game at 7 p.m., in the GSU Sports Arena. The regular season begins on Nov. 6, as Georgia State hosts Brewton-Parker.
Georgia State will play in the 2K Empire Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project this season. The Panthers will face road tests at Duke and Georgetown before taking a trip to California to square off against Prairie View A&M and either Central Arkansas or Cal Baptist.
Georgia State will play 14 home contests this winter at the GSU Sports Arena. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit GeorgiaStateSports.com/Tix or call 404-413-4020 during normal business hours.
Fans first opportunity to see both the men and women’s basketball team comes next Monday night as Georgia State hosts GSU Jam in the GSU Sports Arena. Doors open at 7 p.m. and admission is free.