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Citadel head coach Chuck Driesell and the Bulldog basketball team officially opened training camp in preparation for the 2013-14 season on Sunday afternoon.

New legislation passed by the NCAA during the offseason allows teams to begin practice 42 days prior to the start of their first contest, which is on Nov. 8 in the case of The Citadel.
Driesell, who enters his fourth season at the helm, will rely heavily on the play of his backcourt that includes Marshall Harris III and Ashton Moore as well as sharpshooter Matt Van Scyoc.

Harris left his mark in The Citadel's record book last season as he moved to second on the assist list with his 155 dishes. In the process of climbing into 13th on the school's all-time career assists list (230), Harris placed himself behind Jimmy Tharpe (179; 1985-86) and edged out Johnny Smith (153; 1989-90) in single-season assists.

Moore is the top returning scorer on the current roster (394 career points) after he converted 63-of-176 from the floor and 26-of-71 (36.6%) from beyond the arc. The Suffolk, Va., native started 15 games for The Citadel, including a stretch of eight consecutive against Southern Conference opponents from Jan. 19 thru Feb. 14.

Van Scyoc made an immediate impact for the Cadets by becoming the first rookie in program history to rank in the top 10 in points, field goals made, 3-point field goals made, free throws made and free throws made among freshman. Along the way to earning SoCon all-freshman team honors, Van Scyoc placed himself in the top five of 13 team statistical categories including ranking second in field goals made (110), field goals attempted (259) and points (334).
FRESH FACES FOR 2013-14: Citadel head coach Chuck Driesell and his staff added four players to the class of 2017 over the course of the offseason.
The following is a brief look at their career accolades:

2013-14 Citadel Basketball Newcomers

Nate Bowser • 6-9 • 210 • Fort Worth Country Day • Fort Worth, Texas
• Averaged 9.0 points and 8.5 rebounds, to go along with 85 blocks and 26 steals as he garnered all-zone, all-conference and team Most Valuable Player honors in his senior season. Led FWCD to the Southwest Preparatory Conference Division II championship and ranked among the top 100 among class of 2013 seniors on www.texashoops.com (Rivals basketball)

Tom Koopman • 6-8 • 210 • Weert, Holland
• Joins the Bulldogs from Weert, Germany, where he averaged 16 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per contest for his Basketball Academy of Limburg program. Over the course of his career Koopman played in the Premier League Basketball's U16, U18 and U20 squads where he faced off against competition from Austria, China, England, Germany and Israel.

Warren Sledge • 6-3 • 180 • Keller Central High School • Keller, Tx.
• Last season Sledge averaged 9.2 points, 8.3 assists, 5.7 rebounds, 2.1 steals per game while drawing 42 charges as the point guard for Future Prep Academy in California. He converted 48 percent of his shots from the floor, 43 percent from beyond the arc and was effective 82 percent of the time from the free throw line.

Brian White • 6-6 • 180 • John Marshall High School • Richmond, Va.
• Averaged 20.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game as a senior. White converted 238-of-340 (70%) field goal attempts to finish with 605 points and was a key cog in John Marshall's appearance in the 2013 Virginia state championship game against Henrico.

QUICK START FOR THE BULLDOGS: The season opens on Nov. 8 with the third installment of the All-Military Classic when the Bulldogs take on host VMI in Lexington, Va., preceded by a game between Army and Air Force.

The Citadel makes its home debut against in-state foe Presbyterian on Nov. 12 marking the first meeting at McAlister Field House between the two Palmetto State schools since 1982.
Also highlighting the non-conference schedule are November meetings at Tennessee (Nov. 18) and Wake Forest (Nov. 21). It marks the second time in the last three seasons that the Bulldogs have visited Knoxville and the third different ACC opponent that The Citadel has faced in Driesell's time at the helm.

 

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