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Men’s basketball team hosts tryouts, enforces pandemic safety precautions

Men’s basketball team hosts tryouts, enforces pandemic safety precautions - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Texas A&M-SA's men's basketball team the Jaguars gather for a final break of the regular season on Wednesday March 20. 2019 at Northwest Vista College. Mesquite File Art: Photo by Jerry Gonzalez Jr.

Texas A&M University-San Antonio’s basketball team will be hosting open tryouts from 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Oct. 28 at the pavilion courts south of Patriot’s Casa. 

According to JagSync, students looking for a place to “improve their skills, develop their game, and continue to play basketball at a competitive level” are encouraged to join Texas A&M-San Antonio Men’s Club Basketball.

Head coach Jeffery Missouri said current A&M-San Antonio students and those planning to enroll next semester are eligible to try out for the team.

Missouri said the hope is that the tryouts will expand the roster while also gaining more recognition around campus.

“Most students don’t even know we have a men’s team,” Missouri said, adding that the members are doing all that they can to change that by being more active on social media while posting more advertising around campus.

The team currently has eight players and are looking for seven more to fill their roster. 

“We’ve been getting alot of inquiries about when we will be holding practices,” Missouri said. “People have been waiting to try out.”

The team has set precautions to ensure the safety of the athletes, Missouri said. Everyone will have their temperature taken and be required to wear a mask. 

The team will focus on keeping players’ minds and bodies healthy while striving to achieve greatness on and off the court. As much as players want to push themselves on the court, the club expresses the importance of academics;  players must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA.

“We don’t just want athletes, we want student athletes,” Missouri said. 

In addition, they hope players understand the unity that comes with playing with a team. 

“You usually face life’s challenges alone but basketball is a sport where you can depend on others to achieve something great,” Missouri said.

For more information about tryouts or the club, visit their website.


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Matthew (Moose) Lopez
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Matthew Lopez is a senior at Texas A&M University-San Antonio majoring in communications. Matthew received his associate degree along with his high school diploma in 2018. In his downtime he likes to go to the gym, watch sports and write poetry. He hopes to have a career in journalism where he can report on anything and everything — as long as he gets to continue writing, that is enough for him.

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