New season, new faces for the Columbus State men’s basketball team

The Columbus State men’s basketball program has begun practice as they kick off the regular season in a little over a month.

The Cougars are coming off a 21-8 season where they won the Peach Belt Conference regular season championship.

This year will be a challenge though as they welcome back just two players who saw significant playing time.

Getting a new team can have its benefits and its difficulties, but coach Robert Moore and the team are excited about the future and what they have the potential to do.

"I like the challenge because we have a bunch of new guys but they’re really good players and if we can get the chemistry going really well, I think we can go far in the tournament and also do well in the Peach Belt," Moore said. "So I look forward to it every year because it’s a new challenge."

Along with those two returning players are eight new faces and six transfers.

"With me coming back from last year I had to show a lot of leadership. So with those guys being new, I had to teach them a lot of new things that carry out from last year," said returning player Jacori Payne. "So it’s kind of tough but at the same time it’s interesting because it’s a new group."

Coach Moore is entering his 7th season with the Cougars and is just one win away from career number 100 at Columbus State.

The Cougars begin exhibition play on Saturday, November 12th against the Army All-Stars.