UT MARTIN MEN’S BASKETBALL HOLDS FIRST OFFICIAL PRACTICE OF 2021-22 CAMPAIGN – UTM Athletics - Techy Hunters

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UT MARTIN MEN’S BASKETBALL HOLDS FIRST OFFICIAL PRACTICE OF 2021-22 CAMPAIGN – UTM Athletics

MARTIN, Tenn. – The 2021-22 University of Tennessee at Martin men’s basketball squad officially took the floor for the first time this afternoon as the Skyhawks opened their practice schedule at the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center.
           
Today ushered in a new era of UT Martin basketball as Ryan Ridder takes the reigns of the Skyhawk program this upcoming season. Tabbed as the program’s 12th head coach on March 30, Ridder has collected a 143-73 overall record in eight seasons as a collegiate head coach – including the last four years at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Lexington, Ky. native earned the 2018 recipient of the Joe B. Hall Award, recognizing the top first-year head coach in the NCAA Division I ranks after his debut season at Bethune-Cookman.
 

Gallery: (9-28-2021) MBB First Practice

UT Martin’s 2021-22 roster includes 14 newcomers (nine transfers, five true freshmen) as the Skyhawks are the only Division I program to not return a single player from the previous season.
           
However, UT Martin does not lack Division I experience as six of the nine UT Martin newcomers (Bernie Andre, KK Curry, David Didenko, Josh Endicott, Koby Jeffries, KJ Simon) have combined for 1,513 career points over 245 games at Division I institutions. The remaining trio of newcomers – Mikel Henderson, Chris Nix, Darius Simmons – poured in 2,638 points in 211 combined games played at the Division II or junior college level.
           
Phillip Hughes, Grant Hurst, David Kamwanga, Josiah Morris and Dylan Pumpian comprise the 2021-22 freshman class as all five players accumulated multiple individual accolades while coming from winning high school programs.
           
“Our attitude, effort and energy are off the charts right now,” Ridder said. “Being a part of a first recruiting class is special – we sold these guys not just on the basketball program but representing the community and an entire university. We have 14 great young men who enjoy each other off the court but we need to create some type of chemistry and we’re finding bits and pieces of that. This group is about the process – they came out and competed today in practice. Everything that we are asking them to do, they are knocking it out of the park. I think it’s going to be a fun journey.”
           
The Skyhawks will play Bethel in a Nov. 4 exhibition at the Elam Center before officially opening their season in 43 days when UT Martin travels across the state to take on Tennessee on Nov. 9.
 
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