By Lucas Carr | email@example.com
2018-19 Basketball season tickets are now on sale! Come out and support the Highlanders early November as they look to build on an impressive season from last year.
During the 2017-18 Men’s Basketball Season, the Radford Highlanders finished 23-13 and competed in their first NCAA Tournament since 2009. They made it passed LIU’s Brooklyn Blackbirds with ease in one of the first four entry games of the tournament while subsequently losing to the powerhouse that is Villanova.
Head coach Mike Jones and the Highlanders proved that they were a force to be reckoned with heading into the 2018-19 season.
The Big South Conference Champions look to start the season on a high note as Washington and Lee make their way down to the New River Valley on Nov. 2 for a preseason exhibition game.
To open up the regular season, this new squad will face Davis and Elkins College on Nov. 6. The Highlanders will have to enter this season without the help of Justin Cousin, Christian Bradford, and Randy Phillips as they all graduated this past spring.
However, the squad will be returning three starters in Big South Freshman of the year, Carlik Jones, sophomore Donald Hicks, and Radford’s 31st 1,000-point-career member, Ed Polite Jr.
Polite Jr., who was named a First Team All-Big South honoree, shoots almost 50 percent inside the three-point line and boasts over 500 career rebounds and 100 career blocks. He also put up good numbers in the win over LIU Brooklyn, posting 13 points and 12 rebounds.
The Highlanders’ add some new recruits this year, as well, starting with Mawdo Sallah, a 6’8, 235-pound power forward. Sallah, a native of the country Gambia, transferred to Radford after graduating from Kansas State where he played for one year. He posted at least one block in seven games.
Mike Jones will be looking to Sallah to fill the hole that Randy Phillips left in the frontcourt upon graduating. Newcomers Josiah Jeffers, Devin Hutchinson, and Cle’von Greene are three new additions that can help aid the backcourt this upcoming season.
Radford’s non-conference schedule is shaping up to be a difficult one as they are participating in the 7th annual Gotham Classic with Notre Dame, Duquesne, UIC, and William & Mary. Outside of this mini-tournament, the Highlanders will face a handful of other Power Five teams including Clemson and Texas.
The Highlanders team will have their work cut out for them this season and look to come away with another Big South Championship.
Additionally, the Radford Women’s team opens up their season against South Carolina State on Nov. 7 in the Dedmon Center. The women ended the 2017-18 season with an exceptional 24-9 record and a second-round appearance in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
Look for Head coach Mike McGuire and junior guard Jen Falconer to make a splash this upcoming season.
The Radford Men’s and Women’s basketball teams had outstanding 2017-18 seasons and look forward to your, the fans, support in this upcoming basketball season. Men’s season tickets start at $60 and women’s tickets season tickets start at $50.
You can order your season tickets at Radfordtickets.com or call 540-831-6236 today!