October 24, 2003

San Diego State Opens Basketball Season with Three-Hour Practice

Aztecs welcome three freshmen to first day of practice

San Diego State opened the 2003-04 basketball season with a three-hour practice Saturday morning at Peterson Gym.

The Aztecs return eight letterwinners off last season’s squad, which claimed the first Division I, postseason victory in school history with a win over UC Santa Barbara in the NIT.

“Nobody got hurt so that is a good first day,” head coach Steve Fisher joked. “The liabilities we have you can see and that is a lack of height. However, I like our team. We will have a savvy ball club that will play hard and know how to play.”

Of the 13 players on the roster, 12 were able to practice. Sophomore guard Steve Sir was present but spent the practice rehabilitating from last month’s hernia surgery. Other players that had off-season surgery, including Travis Hanour, Chris Mank-er and Wesley Stokes participated in the first practice.

“We had everyone practice with the exception of Steve Sir,” Fisher added. “Travis Hanour is my big concern and I think he did a good job today. He practiced almost the entire time and Wesley Stokes did go the entire way.”

San Diego State’s first exhibition game is scheduled for Nov. 4 against LA Stars at Cox Arena. The Aztecs will open the season for real at home on Nov. 21 against Long Beach State.

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