HARRISONBURG, Va. – In preparation for the 2017-18 season, the James Madison men’s basketball team will travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands, where it will take part in team-building activities and a quartet of exhibition games as part of the 2017 Paradise Jam Summer Tour in early August.
The Dukes will report to JMU’s campus on Aug. 6 for 10 days of practice prior to departing for the Virgin Islands on Aug. 17. Once there, they will face Carleton University (Ontario) on Friday, Aug. 18 before playing Brock University (Ontario) in two contests, one each on Aug. 20 and Aug. 21.
JMU will then conclude its competitive week with an Aug. 23 contest against the U.S. Virgin Islands National Team before departing to return home that evening. Vanderbilt and Northern Colorado are also attending the Summer Tour, though JMU is not permitted to face either team prior to the 2017-18 season due to NCAA rules.
“We have a very young and exciting team this season,” Head Coach Louis Rowe said. “With so many new guys on the roster, it’s crucial that we get everyone used to the expectations and challenges of collegiate basketball as soon as possible. This trip and the practices before that week will help do that and give the guys a great chance to come together as a team.”
The Dukes recently added graduate transfer forward Cameron Smith for the 2017-18 campaign. With Smith’s signing, along with the addition of Alex Schulz as a walk-on, the Dukes’ 2017-18 roster is now up to 13 student-athletes, as the duo join five incoming freshmen and a pair of junior college transfers, all of whom are immediately eligible in the fall.
JMU returns just two players with in-game experience from its 2016-17 campaign–senior starters Joey McLean and Ramone Snowden–and will add guard Stuckey Mosley and forward Gerron Scissum, who each redshirted this past season after transferring from Toledo and VCU, respectively.