LSU men’s basketball coach Will Wade, speaking on the 2017 SEC Men’s Basketball Summer Teleconference on Monday, said changing the Tigers mindset is one of the things he has worked on doing before he coaches his first game.
LSU has yet to release its schedule for the 2017-18 season.
Wade, who coached at Virginia Commonwealth last year, replaced Johnny Jones, who was fired after leading LSU to a 10-21 overall record, including a 2-16 record in the SEC.
Wade said he and his players have been working hard on a lot of various things during their summer training.
He said the major issue has been improving LSU’s defense going into the season.
“We’re halfway through the summer, and the vast majority of the time we’ve spent shoring up our defensive issues,” he said. “We certainly have a lot more work ahead of us.”
Wade said changing the mindset for his players is the biggest challenge he has faced this summer.
“It’s just changing the way we think and the standards on whatever it may be,” he said. “It’s just changing the overall standards of the program.”