THE SCOOP ON SPORTS 

Defending NIT champs focus on NCAA tournament.

ANOTHER YEAR, ANOTHER ROSTER Last year the Tigers finished their roller coaster season by defeating South Carolina in Madison Square Garden by a final score 72 to 62. The victory brought a NIT Championship to the Mid-South and showcased senior Kelly Wise, now playing professional basketball in Greece. Freshman phenom Dajaun Wagner, currently of the Cleveland Cavaliers, made his mark as fans nationwide were captivated by his savvy and skills on the hardwoods. Back to the future: The Tigers look to spread the wealth with a deep, talented, and young team. “Offensively, we are truly going to have to become an unselfish team,” said Memphis Coach John Calipari. “We are going to have to have players make shots for each other.” The Tigers open up the season in an exhibition game against the Universal All-Stars at the Pyramid on November, 5th. The regular season begins on the road in New York City when Memphis plays Syracuse on November 14th. You can catch all of the action on ESPN2 if you can’t go to Madison Square Garden to see the game live. Here is a look at this year’s Tigers’ basketball roster.

0 Clyde Wade G 6-0 180 Fr. Memphis, TN (Kingsbury H.S.) 1 Antonio Burks G 6-0 200 Jr. Memphis (Booker T. Washington H.S.) 4 Chris Massie F 6-9 253 Sr. Arcola, TX (Oxnard College) 5 Jeremy Hunt G 6-4 195 Fr. Memphis, Tn (Craigmont H.S.) 10 Rodney Carney F 6-7 205 Fr. Indianapolis, IN (Northwest H.S.) 11 Duane Erwin F 6-9 242 So. Huntsville, AL (Lee H.S.) 12 Billy Richmond G 6-5 207 So. Memphis,TN (Vanderbilt) 15 Almamy Thiero F 6-10 258 Fr. Mali, West Africa (Mt. Zion Academy) 20 John Grice G 6-6 205 Sr. Memphis, TN (Shelby State C.C.) 23 Anthony Rice G 6-4 205 So. Atlanta, GA (North Clayton H.S.) 30 Earl Barron C 7-0 268 Sr. Clarksdale, MS (Clarksdale H.S.) 32 Nathaniel Root G 5-11 175 Sr. Adamsville, TN (Adamsville H.S.) 45 Modibo Diarra F 6-11 240 Jr. Mali, West Africa (Notre Dame Prep) 55 Arthur Barclay F 6-8 230 Jr. Camden, NJ (Camden H.S.)

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