SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The season is nearly three months away, but Santa Clara men's basketball continued has stayed busy this summer in preparation.
The Broncos, heading into year No. 4 under head coach Herb Sendek, have been meshing eight returning players, including the top five scorers from 2018-19, with five newcomers.
Per NCAA rules, summer activity includes four hours of practice time on the court and four additional hours per week for strength and conditioning with assistant director of athletics Bob Medina who oversees sports performance.
Head coach @HerbSendek, @JosipVrankic and @Tahj2Eazy_ discuss summer practice, which is about halfway complete. There are 8 returners integrating 5 newcomers into the system. #StampedeAhead #TeamFirst #WCCHoops pic.twitter.com/UVAsQrRivd— Santa Clara Men's Basketball (@SantaClaraHoops) July 31, 2019
The team finishes up summer workouts this week and has three weeks off before returning to campus for preseason practice, which starts on Sept. 18. Classes for the fall quarter begin on Sept. 23.
In addition to practicing with the Broncos, three members of the team – Jaden Bediako, Guglielmo Caruso and Juan Ducasse - played internationally this summer.
Before arriving on campus, Bediako, a freshman, played for Canada in the FIBA Under-19 World Cup in Greece.
In July, Caruso joined Italy at the FIBA Under-20 European Championship in Israel.
Ducasse saw his first action since 2018 when he joined Uruguay for the Pan American Games in Peru. Ducasse missed 2018-19 with a knee injury.
Busy summer on the international stage for some of our guys ��— Santa Clara Men's Basketball (@SantaClaraHoops) July 30, 2019
��@JadenSayNoMore ➡️@CanBball in @FIBA U19 World Cup
��@GuglielmoCaruso ➡️@Italbasket in U20 European Championship
��@juaniducasse05 ➡️@FUBBUy in @Lima2019Games#StampedeAhead #TeamFirst #WCCHoops pic.twitter.com/XLdM0xqtNB
NASH, BROWNRIDGE BACK ON CAMPUS
Steve Nash and Jared Brownridge are two of the most recognizable names in Santa Clara history and both spent time with the program this summer.
Nash retired from the NBA in 2015 and was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2018.
Great team talk with Bronco LEGEND Steve Nash (@SteveNash )!— Santa Clara Men's Basketball (@SantaClaraHoops) August 22, 2019
Thank you for the amazing message on toughness, grit and the importance of building resolve! #StampedeAhead #TeamFirst pic.twitter.com/ROAqYz2WUL
Brownridge is coming off an impressive season in the NBA's G League where he played with the Delware Blue Coats. He led the league with 187 3-point field goals.
Jared Brownridge (@23Jbrown) discussed Santa Clara memories on and off the court during a visit to Leavey Center last week!— Santa Clara Men's Basketball (@SantaClaraHoops) August 10, 2019
FULL VIDEO ▶️ https://t.co/7PeaAqiVj8#StampedeAhead #SCUBroncos #TeamFirst pic.twitter.com/xMOoZ2M4RF
SEASON TICKET RENEWAL DEADLINE
The season-ticket renewal began in July and continues through Friday, Sept. 6. Deposits ($50 per seat) will be accepted for new accounts. For questions, contact the Santa Clara Athletics ticket office at (408) 554-4660 or BroncoTickets@scu.edu.