Charlotte, N.C. - The Charlotte 49ers men's basketball team began practice for the 2012-13 season on Friday, October 12 at 5 pm. The 49ers are beginning their third season under Head Coach Alan Major.

Charlotte returns three starters and eight letterwinners off last season's team led by preseason second-team All-Atlantic 10 selection senior Chris Braswell, junior guard DeMario Mayfield and preseason A-10 All-Defensive team selection sophomore Pierria Henry. Last season, Braswell led the 49ers in scoring (15.8 ppg) and rebounding (7.6 rpg) en route to earning third-team All-Atlantic 10 honors. Mayfield finished third on the team in scoring (11.2 ppg) and second on the team in rebounding (7.0 rpg) last year. Henry, who earned A-10 All-Rookie team honors, ranked among the nation's leaders in steals with 72. He also averaged 7.2 points per game while dishing out a team-high 96 assists.

Rounding out the 49ers returners are seniors Ilija Ivankovic, Colby Lewis and Lamar Bradbury and sophomores E. Victor Nickerson and Terrence Williams. Nickerson saw action in 30 games with four starts last year. While, Williams saw action in 29 games with two starts last year. Ivankovic, Lewis and Bradbury gave the 49ers quality minutes off the bench last year. Mike Thorne, who redshirted last season, will give the 49ers size and length this season.

Completing the 49ers roster are six talented newcomers: graduate student JT Thompson and freshmen Ivan Benkovic, Darion Clark, Willie Clayton, Denzel Ingram and Mitch Warner.

Charlotte will host two preseason activities that are fan friendly. Basketball Madness will be Thursday, Oct. 18 from 9 - 10:30 p.m., while the more family-friendly Fan Day will be held Saturday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. Both events will be held at Halton Arena.

Coinciding with Fan Day will be a youth clinic. More information is available here.

The 49ers host Pfeiffer in an exhibition game in Halton Arena on Thursday, November 1 at 7 pm. Charlotte tips off the regular-season against Charleston Southern in Halton Arena on Friday, November 9 at 6 pm.

Season tickets are now on-sale through or by calling 704-687-4949. Single-game tickets and partial plans are slated to go on-sale Monday, October 22 at 9 a.m. For men's basketball direct sales, click here and for more information on tickets, click here.