Youthful Racers tip-off first day of basketball practice

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MURRAY, KY-- The whistle officially blew on a new season for the Murray State basketball team on Thursday, that means life without the winningest class in school history, including Isaiah Canaan. Head coach Steve Prohm says filling the void left by Canaan will take multiple players.

"Collectively, they have to help replace the superstar that he was," Prohm said, before taking the court for practice.

"It's going to be different," admitted senior guard Dexter Fields. "But I feel like with the group we have now, I feel like we can get a lot accomplished. We might not have All-Americans on our team, but we have a group of guys willing to come together and play as one."

The Racers are also a lot younger this season, with eight underclassmen on the roster, the only senior is Fields. With so much youth, Prohm admits there will be a little more teaching involved this year.

"I'm going to have to understand there may be some growing pains here and there, that the last couple of years we may not have had to deal with," Prohm said. "That doesn't necessarily reflect wins or losses, that may just be the everyday grind of practice."

Speaking of the daily grind, the Racers are dealing with a handful of injuries right now. Forward Jonathan Fairell is recovering from hernia surgery, freshman Cameron Payne is getting over mono, and Utah transfer Justin Seymour is recovering from a concussion. But Prohm says all three would be in and out of practice on Thursday.

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