The victory over Southern wasn't the real victory Sunday for the No. 20 Texas A&M men's basketball team. The real victory was that head coach Billy Kennedy was back on the bench.â†µ
Kennedy revealed recently that he was diagnosed in the early stages of Parkinson's and took some time off from the team to deal with it. Assistant head coach Glynn Cyprien led the Aggies in their season opener, but Kennedy was back where he belonged Sunday.
"We're glad to have him back," said junior forward Ray Turner, who led the Aggies for the second consecutive game with 20 points. "We've been praying for him, making sure his family is getting support in this situation. It felt good [he was there] and he was getting on me."â†µ
The Aggies have a couple players with Houston ties, but Turner leads the way. The big man needs to step up this season as the only true post threat the Aggies have with any experience. The other guy (who also happens to be the second-leading scorer) is Elston Turner Jr., who transferred from the University of Washington. Turner is the son of current Phoenix Suns assistant coach and former Houston Rockets player Elston Turner Sr.â†µ