Arkansas set to begin basketball practice

Updated: August 19, 2003, 11:47 AM ET

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Stan Heath scheduled an early start to his second season, with practice starting on Tuesday.

The Razorbacks are playing five exhibition games in Cancun over the Labor Day weekend, so the team gets one week of practice with nine returnees before freshmen report on Monday.

The first practice was set for Tuesday at 4 p.m., but that session was closed.

Practice was scheduled for 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The 10 a.m. practices will be open, but the 4 p.m. practices will remain closed.

Freshmen guards Ronnie Brewer, Olu Famutimi and Preston Cranford and freshman forward Vincent Hunter are not allowed to practice until school starts on Monday.

Heath said freshmen center Julius Lamptey hasn't met all of his academic requirements to start school and join the team. Heath said he should know by the end of the week if Lamptey will meet requirements or what the 7-foot center will do if he doesn't.

Lamptey could either play at a junior college or enroll at Arkansas as a partial qualifier with hopes of becoming eligible in the future.

Arkansas will travel to Cancun on Aug. 29.

The Razorbacks play Belize Teane at 9 a.m. in Cancun on Aug. 30 and they play Cahuameros de Quintanaroo at Isla Mujeres at 8:30 p.m. On Aug. 31, Arkansas will face Orange Walk Belize at Del Carmen at 6 p.m. Before leaving on Labor Day, the Razorbacks will play La Salle at 10 a.m. in Cancun.

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