GREENSBORO – The 2013-14 North Carolina A&T men’s basketball team will look much different from the one that captured the 2013 MEAC basketball championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament. In order to get a head start on trying to repeat despite major changes in his roster, head coach Cy Alexander has announced the team will travel to the Dominican Republic, Aug. 4-8, to play three exhibition games against various semi-professional teams from the Caribbean nation.
A&T lost seven seniors from a team that led the school to its first-ever NCAA win, a 73-72 victory over Liberty in March. Three other players from that historic squad are also not returning. The departures leave the Aggies with five returning players and 10 newcomers.
“This is huge for our program based on the fact we have so many new players,” said Alexander, who has six MEAC titles as a head coach. “This trip allows us to bond as a team and develop chemistry with one another on and off the court. We’ll get to play against very good competition, so we’ll get a chance to see what we need to do to prepare for 2013-14.”
The team has arrived on campus for the second summer school session. Individual workouts will begin on July 1. Team practice begins July 25 and will be conducted two hours every night until Aug. 3 when the team leaves for Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. While there, Alexander also plans to have the team participate in community outreach in order “to bring good will to the Dominican Republic.”