Thanks to a new NCAA basketball rule, fall practice has opened earlier than ever, giving fans their first chance to see their new-look teams in action. Even the nation’s best programs can use a little extra practice time as they blend new players and new starters in with their returning talent.
The Memphis Tigers are loaded with high-level returnees (including senior floor leader Joe Jackson), and Michael Dixon, Jr. arrives from Missouri to add even more scoring punch to the backcourt. Dixon has looked impressive in practice so far, but he’s not the only newcomer turning heads.
Read on to see who else has gotten off to a fast start as the Tigers—and the rest of the top 20 programs from our last batch of preseason rankings—gear up for the 2013-14 season.