ROCHESTER, Mich. -- The Oakland men's basketball team will host Central Michigan in exhibition play on the Blacktop at the O'rena Sunday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. All ticket proceeds raised will go to the American Red Cross to aid recent hurricane victims.
The Black and Gold will play two more exhibition games against Rochester College (Nov. 2) and Davenport (Nov. 6) before beginning the regular season on Nov. 10 against Fort Wayne at the O'rena.
All seating is $10 while Oakland students will receive free admission and are encouraged to make a donation at the ticket office. To reserve a seat, call the Oakland Athletics Ticket Office at (248) 370-4000. There will be no live-stream, radio broadcast or live stats.
> Greg Kampe enters his 34th season at the helm of Oakland's men's basketball program and was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 15, 2017. Among the 2017 class included Jalen Rose, Jim Leyland, Dennis Rodman and Andre Rison.
> Oakland welcomes two new assistant coaches in Tony Jones and Mychal Covington. Jones has close to 20 years of collegiate coaching experience at Auburn, Buffalo, Tennessee, Toledo and Milwaukee. Covington played four seasons for the Golden Grizzlies from 1998-2002 and was Greg Kampe's first-ever Division I recruit.
> The Golden Grizzlies added transfer guard Karmari Newman and center Julius Palmer, both Detroit natives. Newman appeared in 31 games for George Mason last season and ranked third on the Patriots in three-pointers made (29). He will sit out this year due to NCAA transfer rules. Palmer averaged seven points and five rebounds per game while shooting 73 percent from the field and appearing in 31 games for McLennan Community College (Texas).
> For the first time as a member of the Horizon League, the Oakland men's basketball team was picked as the league favorite receiving 31 of 47 first-place votes in the league's preseason poll.
> Oakland's Brad Brechting suffered a broken toe (fifth metatarsal) in his left foot during practice and had surgery on Oct. 23. He is expected to miss approximately 12 weeks.