The St. Cloud State men's and women's basketball teams began practice on Monday.  The SCSU men were 20-9 overall and 15-7 in the NSIC in 2011-2012.  The Huskies return a group led by senior point guard Shaun Jensen, senior forward Theo Rothstein and senior center Tim Bergstrasser.  Bergstrasser started 28 games in 2011-2012 and averaged 12.8 points and 7.6 rebounds a game.

The Huskies added 5 new players this season that include junior transfers 6'11 center Chris Larson from the University of Oregon and 6'0 guard Preston McCourt from Dakota County Technical College.  The SCSU men are coached by Kevin Schlagel who's entering his 16th season as head coach.  At 301-141 Schlagel is the all-time winningest coach in SCSU men's basketball history.

The St. Cloud State women were 13-13 overall in 2011-2012.  Lori Fish enters her 5th season as head coach.  The Huskies top returners include senior guards Amanda Wagner and Nicole Anderson and 6'0 sophomore forward Jessica Benson.  Benson led the team averaging 10.2 points a game in 2011-2012.