MBB: NBA scout visits and practices open

Milton Barnes spoke to UTA players Friday.

Sept. 27, 2013

ARLINGTON, Texas – NBA scout Milton Barnes dropped by Friday afternoon to visit with men's basketball and pass along a few words of wisdom.

Barnes works for the Minnesota Timberwolves and is based out of the Dallas area. He's also the head coach for the Virgin Islands National Basketball Team. Barnes has coached at the high school, collegiate and professional level.

Throughout his speech, Barnes expressed the importance of working hard.

"My main message to the team was work ethic," Barnes said. "Not just on the court, but off the court. You need to be prepared for basketball and beyond."

As a scout, Barnes looks at what a player does on the court as well as in the classroom, around the community and the impression you leave on people.

"Coach Barnes wants us to work hard," freshman Jorge Bilbao said. "I think as a team we all work hard. We have guys who are always in the gym. The weekends are our only free time because we don't have class or practice, but there are guys in the gym."

The Mavericks also began full practices on Friday, getting an early start with a 6 a.m. workout at College Park Center.

"It went great," UT Arlington coach Scott Cross said. "We are we ahead of where we were last and hopefully after we do our defensive boot camp, we will be just as good defensively.

"It may be a blessing in disguise that four of our potential starters have been missing from practice because our freshmen and newcomers are way ahead of the game for this early in the year. We are trying to establish a team mentality which will be 16 tough guys with a relentless mentality."

UT Arlington opens the season Nov. 8 at Boise State. The home season begins Nov. 12 against when the men host Samford at College Park Center.

Season tickets can be ordered by clicking here, visiting utatickets.com or by calling 817.272.9595.




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