Syracuse Men’s Basketball Returns To Melo Center. Syracuse Men's Basketball Returns To Melo Center.

John Compagno: The Syracuse Men’s basketball team has finally reunited.

John Compagno: The team held their first meeting Monday at the Melo Center since their last conference game in March against North Carolina.

John Compagno: Director of Athletic Communications Pete Moore says the took required necessary steps to ensure player and coach safety.

Pete Moore: Upon their return, they needed to be tested, and then quarantine for a couple of days.

John Compagno: Per NCAA rules, the team could not practice altogether.

John Compagno: Instead, Moore says players separated in order to maintain proper social distancing guidelines.

Pete Moore: The 20th was the first day that they were actually doing part of their workouts with the assistant coaches, they’re still in small groups and are actually working out by position.

John Compagno: The NCAA has not announced when it will allow full team practices and only allows a certain number of hours for small group practices.

John Compagno: Syracuse basketball is slated to begin their season on November 10th against UMBC. John Compagno, NCC News.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) — The Syracuse men’s basketball team has reunited. 

The team had its first meeting Monday at the Melo Center. 

This was the first time the team has been together since the conference game against North Carolina last March. 

Syracuse Director of Athletic Communications, Pete Moore, says the team is taking the necessary steps to ensure player and staff safety. 

“Upon their return, they needed to be tested, and then quarantine for a couple of days,” said Moore.

Moore says some student-athletes are already on campus taking summer courses. Other athletes that return to campus must follow protocols put in place by going into quarantine for a couple of days and getting tested for the virus. 

Per the NCAA rules, the team could not practice altogether.

Instead, the players had to separate into small position groups to maintain social distancing guidelines.

“The 20th was the first day that they were actually doing part of their workouts with the assistant coaches, they’re still in small groups and are actually working out by position,” said Moore. 

The NCAA has not announced when it will grant University teams to practice as a unit. 

The University says they are waiting to find out more about the pandemic before finalizing training plans. For now, the organization is only allowing a certain number of hours for small group practices.

The Syracuse men’s basketball team is scheduled to take on the University of Maryland, Baltimore County for a season opener on November 10th. 

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