The 49ers completed their 21st day of preseason men’s basketball practice Tuesday. A few notes and observations after coach Alan Major met with the media:
-- Sounds like the 49ers will be without guards Denzel Ingram (foot) and Ivan Benkovic (back) for the season opener Nov. 8 against
hopes they’ll be back by mid-November or earlier, which means they could also
miss the East Tennessee
State game Nov.
12. The 49ers also play Elon on Nov. 15 before heading to a tournament in College
of Charleston Puerto Rico Nov. 21-24.
-- Major hopes this 49ers team will be more potent from the 3-point line than last season, when
-- Inexperience in the front court will be the 49ers’ biggest question mark. Either sophomore Mike Thorne or true freshman Marcus Bryan could start alongside Willie Clayton, coming off an all-Atlantic 10 rookie team season.
"We’ve got a chance to get contributions from different guys,” said Major. “They key is the younger they are and the more clock/game time they get, that’ll let the game teach them. Us coaching them and video is one thing, but getting in the game is key.”