Scouting the ASUN: Lipscomb Bisons

Malcolm Smith of Lipscomb
Malcolm Smith-6’5″ 210 lb, 10 ppg & 4.4 rpg

Lipscomb returns only 3 players who logged more than 7.2 minutes per game:  the 6’5” Smith twins, sophomores Malcolm and Martin, and guard Deonte Alexander, leaving them with less experience than any other ASun team.  Losses include post player Justin Glenn, shooters Jordan Burgason and Jacob Arnett, guard Zavion Williams, swingman Damarius Smith, and Marvin Williams.   The Smith brothers and Alexander were good, and should be better the second time around.    A good round of recruits include 6’7” 230 JUCO Oscar Garcia (31 games, 7.1 ppg, 43%, no 3’s, 46% ft,  4.1 rpg, 0.2 blk, 0.6 stl, 1.3 ast, 1.5 t.o.), who will be counted on heavily for size and muscle inside, 6’4” JUCO Khion Sankey (32 games, 7.2 ppg, 32% 3’s, 62% ft, 5.4 rpg, 2.9 ast,, and 6 freshmen, led by 6’9” 190 Memphis freshman Charles Smith and John Ross Glover 6’4” sg, the Tennessee DII A ‘Mr. BasketBall’ as a Junior, and a Parade All-American (one of 40) as a senior, averaging 30 ppg and  7.2 rpg http://www.lipscombsports.com/mbasketball/news/2012-13/7304/john-ross-glover-named-parade-all-american/

6’10” 285 Stephen Hurt was supposed to be on last year’s roster but was dropped early.  He appears again on this year’s preseason roster, still listed as a freshman.    This is the second year of heavy recruiting in a rebuilding campaign.  Last year, in their second year of heavy recruiting, both Mercer and USCU made huge strides forward.  But I don’t think that Lipscomb is as far along as those teams were.   This will probably take some time.

2012-2013 Lipscomb Bisons Roster

No. Name Pos. Year Ht. Wt. Hometown (Last School)
0 Khion Sankey Guard Jr. 6-5 220 Stockton, Calif. (Sheridan College)
1 Malcolm Smith Forward So. 6-5 210 Clarksville, Tenn. (Clarksville Academy)
3 Carter Sanderson Guard RS So. 6-1 170 Nashville, Tenn. (David Lipscomb HS)
4 Deonte Alexander Guard Jr. 6-1 175 Nashville, Tenn. (East Mississippi CC)
5 J.J. Butler Guard Fr. 6-3 195 Abingdon, Md. (Patterson Mill HS)
10 Talbott Denny Guard Fr. 6-6 200 Tuscon, Ariz. (Salpointe Catholic HS)
14 John Ross Glover Guard Fr. 6-4 200 Jackson, Tenn. (University School of Jackson)
15 Dylan Green Guard Fr. 6-4 200 Anaheim Hills, Calif. (Kiski Prep)
20 Chad Johnson Guard So. 6-0 185 Edmond, Okla. (Edmond Santa Fe)
21 Charles Smith Center Fr. 6-9 210 Memphis, Tenn. (Southwind HS)
22 J.C. Hampton Guard Fr. 6-1 180 Gainesville, Ga. (East Hall HS)
32 Oscar Garcia Center Jr. 6-8 225 El Paso, Texas (Otero JC)
35 Martin Smith Forward So. 6-4 190 Clarksville, Tenn. (Clarksville Academy)
41 Stephen Hurt Center Fr. 6-10 285 Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Seigel HS)
42 Zack Ellis Forward Jr. 6-6 200 Franklin, Tenn. (Brentwood Academy)

2011-2012 Lipscomb Bisons Results

RECORD:  OVERALL  HOME  AWAY  NEUTRAL 
ALL GAMES (13-18) (6-7) (5-11) (2-0)
CONFERENCE (8-10) (3-6) (5-4) (0-0)
NON-CONFERENCE (5-8) (3-1) (0-7) (2-0)

2011-2012 Lipscomb Bisons Stats

Player GP MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TPG FG% FT% 3P%
Jordan Burgason 19 33.6 16.4 3.2 1.6 0.5 0.2 2.1 .483 .792 .526
Robert Boyd 13 27.9 11.2 3.3 1.2 1.6 0.4 2.2 .390 .389 .358
Malcolm Smith 31 18.5 9.9 4.4 0.3 0.3 0.2 1.4 .469 .634 .000
Zavion Williams 26 22.7 9.1 2.8 2.6 1.3 0.0 2.5 .384 .740 .200
Deonte Alexander 31 25.3 8.6 3.4 1.9 1.1 0.1 1.1 .360 .684 .312
Jacob Arnett 31 28.5 8.1 3.6 2.2 0.8 0.1 1.7 .390 .714 .330
Justin Glenn 31 25.0 7.9 7.4 1.5 0.8 1.6 2.1 .593 .513 .000
Martin Smith 31 19.6 5.9 2.4 1.0 0.8 0.1 1.1 .449 .705 .405
Damarius Smith 29 22.2 5.2 2.4 3.4 1.1 0.2 2.4 .454 .500 .231
Marvin Williams 24 12.2 4.1 3.1 0.1 0.3 0.2 0.9 .420 .625 .000
Carter Sanderson 18 7.2 2.8 1.0 0.4 0.2 0.0 0.4 .389 .542 .429
Chad Johnson 7 1.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 .000 .000 .000
Zack Ellis 3 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 .000 .000 .000
Totals 31 72 36 14 7 3 15 .433 .636 .369

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Scouting the ASUN: NKU Norse

Eshaunte Jones
Eshaunte Jones-6’4″ 200 lb-10.7 ppg & 2.9 rpg

NKU is a long way from Belmont – but was a very good D2 team, going 23-7, ranking 11th nationally and qualifying for the NCAA DII tournament for the second year in a row. They lost in the first round, 60-59. The season included an 11/4/2011 exhibition win over 19-14 West Virginia in Morgantown. That was West Virginia’s first time on the floor for the season. The Mountaineers apparently had a pretty rough early season: they also dropped a November 15 game to Kent State in Morgantown, 70-60, and barely beat Oral Roberts on November 11, 78-71. http://www.wvusports.com/schedules.cfm?sport=mbball Kent State went on to lose to USCU in the CIS tournament. Speaking of USCU, you may remember that the post transfer USCU bunch was not an easy out in their first ASun year, even though they had been 9-7 in their D2 conference the prior season. Belmont will likely struggle a bit next year as both post players (Hedgepeth and Saunders) graduate. Their replacement is talented, but more of a perimeter guy: 3rd team All SoCon 6’9” JR Drew Windler, a RS JR Samford transfer who averaged 14.4 ppg shooting .426 from 3, but only 3.8 rebounds and 0.4 blocks. Point guard Drew Hanlen also goes. Incoming recruits are all guards, although one, Craig Bradshaw, sounds like another Justin Hare, a physical scrapper who won TN AA POY and AA State Tourney MVP. Belmont will rely on senior guards Ian Clark and Kerron Johnson, and hope that 6’11” Chad Lang and 6’7” Trevor Noack can do more inside than they’ve shown thus far.This year Belmont would probably not have been favored over Mercer, but still would have contended for the ASun crown. NKU probably won’t do that. NKU loses 3 of the 6 guys who logged over 21 minutes in their rotation, including leading scorer Jon Van Hoose, but bring in two highly touted guards, Tyler White, 6’3” Lima, OH, Twice an Honorable Mention big school All-Ohio, and Todd Johnson 5’8” Honorable Mention Indiana All-State. Other recruits are a pair of 6’8” twins, Jacob and Justin Rossi of Franklin, OH and 6’6” Jack Flournoy (Oak Hill; Woodberry, VA) who got offers from West Virginia, Marshall and Ohio U. before tearing an ACL, John Staley, 6’5” forward Dayton Chaminade-Juliene – 17.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg. Nate Snodgrass 6’1” FR PG from Butler, PA – 21.2 ppg, 5.2 assists. They are not an especially big team – the only returning players over 6’5” are 6’7” 190 Ernest Watson (6.3 ppg and 4.7 rpg in 17.4 minutes) and 6’6” 225 Jalen Billups. (5.0 ppg and 2.5 rpg in 9.5 minutes) But this is another ambitious young program that is likely to become a strong addition to the ASun in relatively short order.

2011-2012 Northern Kentucky Results

RECORD: OVERALL HOME AWAY NEUTRAL
ALL GAMES (23-7) (14-2) (7-3) (2-2)
CONFERENCE (13-5) (7-2) (6-3) (0-0)
NON-CONFERENCE (10-2) (7-0) (1-0) (2-2)

2011-2012 NKU Stats

Player GP FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG BPG SPG PPG TO
Billups, Jalen 25 .651 .471 2.4 0.1 0.5 0.2 4.9 18
Bumpus, Antonio 7 .278 .143 .923 1.1 0.2 0.2 3.2 4
Byrd, Paul 25 .480 .360 .652 0.8 1.2 0.2 2.8 23
Faulkner, Ethan 30 .525 .413 .841 3.6 4.3 0.9 10.0 60
Fleming, Ryan 26 .515 .462 .714 1.2 0.8 0.2 0.6 2.1 12
Fuller, Quinnten 0
Horton, Quinton 7 .500 .750 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.7 2
Jackson, Chad 30 .553 .125 .585 5.2 3.6 0.3 1.6 9.4 78
Jolly, Brady 12 .385 .286 .800 1.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 1.6 7
Jones, Eshaunte 29 .454 .442 .721 2.8 1.7 0.1 0.4 10.7 50
McGlothin, Alex 17 .500 .000 .632 2.0 0.4 0.1 0.3 2.5 5
Monaco, Anthony 0
Nealy, DeAndre 30 .642 .620 3.9 0.3 2.8 0.3 9.7 44
Rack, Tony 30 .500 .461 .821 2.0 1.2 0.1 1.0 7.7 13
Stanivukovic, Ogi 4 .000 .000 .750 0.5 0.5 0.7 2
Van Hoose, Jon 30 .459 .457 .680 2.4 1.7 0.7 12.2 26
Watson, Ernest 30 .500 .143 .739 4.6 0.9 0.5 0.9 6.2 32

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Scouting the ASUN: Kennesaw State Owls

Markeith Cummings
Markeith Cummings

Kennesaw has some guys who can play basketball in Cummings, Love and Anderson, and a good recruiting haul.  Their best announced signee,  6’7” Brandon Williams, rated 88 by ESPN, who looks like a young Isiah Brown is NOT on the roster.   But they do bring in Gwinnett County GA POY 5’9” Yonel Brown; and highly touted 6’1” Myles Hamilton of Ohio Final Four team Cleveland St. Edwards, a 2nd team big school All-Ohio, and 6’5” freshman guard Jordan Montgomery.  Nick Turner, Spencer Dixon, Romain Henry and Mirza Sabic leave.   They should be better than last year’s 3-28.  And still better in 2013-2014 when  Auburn transfers Willy Kouassi  6’10” Rivals 4 star ranked 7th center in nation, ESPN 3 star rated 90; and Bernard Morena 6’8” Rivals 3 star ESPN 3 star rated 90, become eligible.   If the freshmen can produce, these guys will be a hard out going into the conference tourney.

2012-2013 Kennesaw State Roster

0 Myles Hamilton 6-1 190 Guard Fr. Cleveland, Ohio / St. Edwards HS
1 Nigel Pruitt 6-7 180 Forward Fr. Potomac, Md. / Bullis School
2 Markeith Cummings 6-6 240 Guard Sr. Birmingham, Ala. / Beach HS
3 Delbert Love 6-0 185 Guard So. Cleveland, Ohio / St. Edward HS
4 Yonel Brown 5-9 160 Guard Fr. Lilburn, Ga. / Berkmar HS
5 Bernard Morena 6-8 200 Forward R-So. Ivory Coast / Auburn
10 Cole Hobbs 6-7 185 Guard Fr. Atlanta, Ga / Greater Atlanta Christian School
13 Jordan Montgomery 6-5 170 Guard/Forward Fr. Orlando, Fla. / Orlando Christian Prep
21 Aaron Anderson 6-7 220 Forward Sr. Tucson, Ariz. / Central Arizona College
35 Brandon Dawson 6-7 220 Forward Jr. Atlanta, Ga. / Tucker HS
45 Andrew Osemhen 6-9 270 Forward Jr. Loganville, Ga. / Grayson HS
50 Willy Kouassi 6-10 220 Center R-So. Ivory Coast / Auburn

2011-2012 Kennesaw State Results

RECORD:  OVERALL  HOME  AWAY  NEUTRAL 
ALL GAMES (3-28) (1-11) (1-16) (1-1)
CONFERENCE (0-18) (0-9) (0-9) (0-0)
NON-CONFERENCE (3-10) (1-2) (1-7) (1-1)

2011-2012 Kennesaw State Stats

Player GP MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TPG FG% FT% 3P%
Markeith Cummings 30 34.8 15.4 5.3 2.1 1.1 0.6 2.9 .453 .643 .318
Spencer Dixon 31 37.0 13.4 2.8 3.8 1.5 0.1 3.0 .348 .725 .344
Delbert Love 31 36.5 12.4 3.0 3.0 1.7 0.1 2.8 .418 .692 .346
Aaron Anderson 31 32.3 8.9 9.0 1.1 0.6 0.5 1.1 .542 .382 .333
Brandon Dawson 31 17.6 3.6 2.1 0.2 0.4 0.4 0.6 .384 .635 .158
Mirza Sabic 27 13.2 3.6 1.3 0.3 0.2 0.0 0.9 .410 .762 .395
Romain Henry 31 21.4 3.5 2.0 1.3 0.5 0.0 1.6 .365 .630 .417
Nick Turner 15 11.6 2.9 0.8 0.7 0.1 0.0 1.2 .291 .500 .294
Sam Glover 1 2.0 2.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.000 .000 .000
Andrew Osemhen 28 8.6 0.6 1.3 0.1 0.1 0.3 0.4 .313 .538 .000
Brandon Sewell 8 1.6 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.000 .000 .000
Totals 31 62 29 12 6 2 14 .415 .625 .341

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Scouting the ASUN: Stetson Hatters

Adam Pegg of Stetson
Adam Pegg-2nd-team All-ASUN, 2011-12

Stetson started with new coach optimism for Casey Alexander but finished poorly.   The model that he was emulating was clear as the Hatters finished second only to Belmont in assists and 3 pointers made.   But although Alexander returns his top 6 players, he might be better advised to clean house and hit the recruiting trail if he can’t get a better effort out of his returnees than he got down the stretch last year.   In any case he will have a job convincing those who return that they can win.  As with Jacksonville, it’s still hard to see them being worse than this year’s 9-20 (6-12 in conference).    Kyle Sicora 7’0” 240 transfer arrives from Oakland where he averaged 1.5 points and 1.8 rebounds in 10 minutes over 33 games.  Also freshmen 6’6” 215 Adeleke Solanke; 6’0” Indiana guard Logan Irwin; 6’7” 205 Brian Pegg, and 6’2” Tanner Plemmons.  They lose Tyshawn Patterson, Amara Thompson, Jermol Paul and Diego Morales.

2012-2013 Stetson Roster

1 Dennis Diaz G 6-4 185 So. Deltona, Fla. (DeLand HS)
2 Leke Solanke F 6-6 215 Fr. Abeokuta, Nigeria (Marquette Catholic HS)
3 Willie Green F 6-7 205 Jr. Orlando, Fla. (Daytona State) (Olympia HS)
4 Logan Irwin G 6-0 180 Fr. South Whitley, IN (Whitko HS)
10 Hunter Miller G 6-2 185 Jr. Nashville, Tenn. (FGCU) (Christ Presbyterian Academy)
11 Aaron Graham G 6-4 185 Jr. Miramar, Fla. (Westminster Academy)
12 Joel Naburgs G 6-4 200 Sr. Victoria, Australia (Box Hill Senior College)
14 Brian Pegg G 6-7 205 Fr. Clearwater, FL (Faith Baptist Christian School)
22 Tanner Plemmons G 6-2 185 Fr. Franklin, NC (Rabun Co HS)
23 Chris Perez G 6-3 215 Jr. Santiago, D.R. (Liberty) (Oldsmar Christian HS)
24 Liam McInerney F/C 6-9 235 Sr. Port Campbell, Victoria, Aust. (Ballarat & Clarendon College)
33 J.R. Weston G/F 6-4 200 Sr. Morral, Ohio (Ridgedale HS)
40 Kyle Sikora C 7-0 243 So. Key Largo, FL (Oakland) (Florida Christian)
41 Adam Pegg C 6-9 260 Sr. Clearwater, Fla. (Delaware) (Clearwater HS)

2011-2012 Stetson Results

RECORD:  OVERALL  HOME  AWAY  NEUTRAL 
ALL GAMES (9-20) (6-6) (3-12) (0-2)
CONFERENCE (6-12) (4-5) (2-7) (0-0)
NON-CONFERENCE (3-8) (2-1) (1-5) (0-2

2011-2012 Stetson Stats

Player GP MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TPG FG% FT% 3P%
Adam Pegg 29 27.9 14.9 5.5 1.4 0.6 0.4 2.3 .516 .726 .353
Chris Perez 29 31.1 13.5 4.5 1.7 1.1 0.0 2.0 .455 .627 .323
Aaron Graham 29 28.6 12.7 4.3 2.5 1.3 0.2 2.7 .389 .778 .358
Joel Naburgs 28 29.2 9.2 5.0 2.6 0.9 0.1 2.1 .397 .766 .342
Willie Green 29 22.1 7.3 4.6 1.3 0.3 1.3 1.4 .516 .653 .188
Liam McInerney 29 22.6 4.3 4.1 1.4 0.8 0.5 1.4 .462 .667 .465
Tyshawn Patterson 29 13.1 3.4 1.6 1.5 0.7 0.1 1.8 .344 .722 .278
Amara Thompson 17 15.4 3.2 2.3 2.2 0.5 0.2 2.9 .413 .484 .333
Dennis Diaz 29 10.4 2.7 1.4 0.7 0.3 0.0 1.2 .368 .727 .288
J.R. Weston 10 8.0 2.4 0.9 0.5 0.0 0.1 0.4 .421 .400 .462
Jermol Paul 27 6.1 1.5 1.1 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.7 .393 .800 .300
Diego Morales 8 4.0 0.4 0.3 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.4 .333 .000 .500
Totals 29 72 36 15 6 3 18 .441 .695 .343

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Scouting the ASUN: UNF Ospreys

Parker Smith - UNF
Parker Smith - UNF
2011-12: 14.5 ppg, 42% from 3-pt.

The Ospreys seemed to plateau a bit this past season after 2 years of big improvement.   Mercer, USCU and FGCU stepped on past them.  UNF never really found a strong replacement for graduated point guard Haugabrouck (Will Wilson didn’t do the job).  They hope that freshman Ray Rodriguez will fill that gap this year.  UNF brings back everybody but role players Jimmy Williams and Matt Sauey, and will have a senior laden team with experienced  scorers Jerron Granberry and Parker Smith, and with inside players Andy Diaz, and David Jeune joined by Junior Travis Wallace.   Williams had the muscle and athleticism to give them a change of pace penetrator, and he will be missed.  They do get some extra length in highly touted 6’8” 195 FR guard Beau Beech, 6’8” 190 Fr Demarcus Daniels and 6’7” 180 Fr. Cameron Naylor.   A short front line has given them matchup problems against Mercer. If senior leadership counts for something, these guys should be better.

2012-2013 UNF Roster

0 Cameron Naylor F 6-7 175 Fr. Jacksonville, Fla. / Providence HS Undecided
1 Travis Wallace F 6-6 230 Jr. Marietta, Ga. / Florida A&M Criminal Justice
2 Beau Beech G 6-8 195 Fr. Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. / Ponte Vedra HS Business Management
3 Parker Smith G 6-3 155 Sr. Gainesville, Ga. / Tennessee State Sport Management
4 Will Wilson G 5-11 175 Sr. Vero Beach, Fla. / Sebastian River HS Sport Management
5 Charles McRoy F/G 6-6 205 Jr. Jacksonville, Fla. / Mandarin HS Accounting
11 Ray Rodriguez G 6-1 180 Fr. Miami, Fla. / Hialeah Gardens HS Business Management
12 Aaron Bodager G 6-5 195 Fr. Oviedo, Fla. / Hagerty HS Undecided
15 Jerron Granberry G/F 6-5 225 Sr. Miami, Fla. / Coral Reef HS Communication
20 Andy Diaz F 6-8 235 Sr. Miami, Fla. / Hialeah-Miami Lakes HS Criminal Justice
23 Jibril Smith G 5-11 165 Fr. Orlando, Fla. / Olympia HS Psychology
24 David Jeune F 6-7 215 Sr. Okeechobee, Fla. / Okeechobee HS Sport Management
25 Fred Landers F 6-5 200 So. Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. / Dillard HS Criminal Justice
32 Demarcus Daniels F 6-7 190 Fr. Ashburn, Ga. / Turner County HS Undecided

2011-2012 UNF Results

RECORD:  OVERALL  HOME  AWAY  NEUTRAL 
ALL GAMES (16-16) (11-3) (5-12) (0-1)
CONFERENCE (10-8) (6-3) (4-5) (0-0)
NON-CONFERENCE (6-8) (5-0) (1-7) (0-1)

2011-2012 UNF Stats

Player GP MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TPG FG% FT% 3P%
Parker Smith 32 27.4 14.5 2.4 1.0 0.7 0.1 1.8 .435 .838 .410
Travis Wallace 32 19.9 10.9 5.3 0.9 0.3 0.4 1.2 .512 .620 .000
Jerron Granberry 31 28.9 10.9 3.0 1.0 0.7 0.2 1.5 .375 .744 .394
Andy Diaz 32 21.0 9.0 4.3 1.0 0.7 0.7 2.4 .544 .380 .000
Matt Sauey 32 22.3 5.8 3.8 0.7 0.8 1.2 0.9 .610 .486 .250
Jimmy Williams Jr. 32 21.4 5.8 3.4 3.5 1.0 0.2 2.9 .451 .537 .222
Charles McRoy 31 15.9 3.8 2.8 0.5 0.4 0.1 1.2 .373 .882 .192
David Jeune 32 17.8 2.9 3.9 0.4 0.5 0.3 1.0 .452 .676 .100
Fred Landers 30 10.1 2.6 1.4 0.4 0.2 0.1 0.4 .388 .600 .258
Will Wilson 32 20.6 2.0 1.7 3.1 0.8 0.0 2.1 .360 .429 .364
Totals 32 68 34 12 6 3 15 .458 .609 .358

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Scouting the ASUN: FGCU

Sherwood Brown
Sherwood Brown
Sherwood Brown-2011-12 2nd-team all-ASUN

FGCU Mercer and USCU made a name for themselves with post season tournament wins, so it is easy to forget that FGCU beat them both in the ASun tournament.  They came on strong for new coach Andy Enfield behind 2 All-Freshmen guards (Bernard Thompson and Brett Comer).  They lose only role player Kevin Cantinol and a third freshman guard (Dante Holmes).  Cantinol will be replaced in post by Iowa State transfer sophomore Eric McKnight who was a highly touted, super athletic 6’9” player coming out of high school, (3 star, rated 91 by ESPN, highest of any ASun athlete).   McKnight ought to do far better than Cantinol’s 2.8 points and 3.0 rebounds.  They have lots of good shooters but are perimeter heavy, outside of McKnight, with no strong, physical 3 or 4 types to fill the gap between four very skilled  6’3” and under guards and the 6’9” McKnight.  6’8” players Fieler and Murray play soft, and 6’9” Filip Cvjeticanin is sort of like a European Kenyona Swader:  very long at 6’9”, athletic, with a fantastic perimeter shot (56-130 for .431 from 3), but not strong inside.  One or two of those 3 need to develop more inside game.  Anthony Banks, one of the best athletes in the ASun left the team when coach Andy Enfield arrived, and would have filled that inside gap very nicely at a superbly athletic 6’6”.  But he’s long gone.   The inside gap should be filled nicely in 2013-2014 as 2 very promising transfers, 6’10” Nate Hicks of Georgia Tech and 6’6” 210 Jamail Jones of Marquette, become eligible.     Dajuan Graf is being touted as the prize recruit as a speedy point guard:  http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2012/aug/01/mens-basketball-fgcu-will-chart-new-course-graf-po/       Recruiting includes 6’9” 190 freshman Leonard Livingston (said to be a redshirt candidate).  6’3” freshman guard Alex Blessig arrives from Germany but faces a crowded guard scene.   The team took 7 men on a summer trip to the Bahamas (McKnight and Varidel did not go, although top recruit Graf did), crushing 3 weak opponents.   Lots of enthusiasm seems to surround this program, one of the most improved in the ASun.

2012-2013 FGCU Roster

0 Brett Comer G 6-3 188 So. Winter Park, Fla. Winter Park HS
1 Nate Hicks F/C 6-10 218 Jr. Panama City Beach, Fla. J.R. Arnold HS/Georgia Tech
2 Bernard Thompson G 6-3 165 So. Conyers, Ga. Rockdale County HS
3 Alexander Blessig G 6-3 185 Fr. Berlin, Germany Theodolinden-Gymnasium
5 Christophe Varidel G 6-3 175 Jr. Versoix, Switzerland Worcester Academy (Mass.)
10 Matt Yance G 6-5 200 R-Fr. Fort Myers, Fla. Fort Myers HS
11 Jamail Jones G 6-6 210 Jr. Atlanta, Ga. Montverde Academy/Marquette
12 Eric McKnight F 6-9 205 R-So. Raleigh, N.C. Princeton Day Academy/Iowa State
15 Filip Cvjeticanin F 6-9 210 So. Zagreb, Croatia American School of Madrid
20 Chase Fieler F 6-8 219 Jr. Parkersburg, W. Va. Parkersburg South HS
21 Leonard Livingston F/C 6-9 190 Fr. Upper Marlboro, Md. Patterson HS
23 Eddie Murray F 6-8 210 R-Sr. North Fort Myers, Fla. Bishop Verot HS
24 Marcus Blake F 6-7 201 R-So. Miami, Fla. American Heritage HS
25 Sherwood Brown G 6-4 199 Sr. Orlando, Fla. Olympia HS
35 Dajuan Graf G 6-0 165 Fr. Charlotte, N.C. Phillip O. Berry Academy

2011-2012 FGCU Results

RECORD:  OVERALL  HOME  AWAY  NEUTRAL 
ALL GAMES (15-17) (9-5) (4-11) (2-1)
CONFERENCE (8-10) (4-5) (4-5) (0-0)
NON-CONFERENCE (7-7) (5-0) (0-6) (2-1)

2011-2012 FGCU Stats

Player GP MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TPG FG% FT% 3P%
Sherwood Brown 28 27.0 12.8 5.9 0.8 1.2 0.4 1.2 .477 .727 .369
Bernard Thompson 32 27.5 11.5 5.2 2.2 1.8 0.1 2.7 .443 .644 .379
Christophe Varidel 32 21.5 9.2 2.5 0.9 0.8 0.2 1.3 .416 .873 .420
Brett Comer 32 28.3 9.1 3.7 5.6 1.3 0.0 4.3 .440 .685 .234
Dante Holmes 28 21.0 8.4 2.3 0.7 1.1 0.1 2.1 .469 .636 .277
Filip Cvjeticanin 32 15.4 6.8 1.8 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.6 .447 .643 .431
Chase Fieler 32 24.6 6.8 4.4 1.9 0.8 1.2 1.3 .476 .667 .333
Eddie Murray 32 22.3 6.5 3.9 0.5 0.6 0.9 0.6 .588 .700 .308
Kevin Cantinol 31 15.2 2.8 3.0 0.4 0.4 0.7 0.9 .363 .378 .000
Marcus Blake 9 3.2 1.0 0.6 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.0 .500 .429 .000
Zachery Christian 2 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.000 .000 .000
Ed Rolax 24 5.6 1.0 0.9 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.3 .318 .625 .444
Totals 32 72 35 13 8 4 15 .456 .673 .374

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Scouting the ASUN: USC-Upstate

Torrey Craig
Torrey Craig
Torrey Craig: 2011-12 ASUN POY: 16.4 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.1 bpg, 1.3 spg

USC-Upstate had 2 years of great recruiting turning the most unathletic team in the league into perhaps the most athletic, leading the league in rebound margin, 2nd in blocked shots, 2nd  in steals and 2nd in turnover margin.  Their front line of 6’7” Babatunde Olumuyiwa, 6’8” Jodd Maxey and 6’8” 246 Ricardo Glenn is physical as well as athletic.  Most impressive of all is 6’6” ASun Player of the Year Torrey Craig, who could take over a game, averaging 16.4 points and 7.7 rebounds.  Less athletic holdovers like Carter Cook and Chalmers Rogers were chased to the bench last season by the young guys.   They return everyone of importance, including POY Craig and Freshman of the Year Ty Greene.     They finished the season strong by beating Kent State in the CIT, earning Eddie Payne the MidMajor Coach of the Year.  Returning so many leaves them with few scholarships and few new recruits this year, but they still add to their size with 6’10” Michael Buchanan and 6’7” Zach Lillie and 6’7” 215 David Lighty.  They should be much better from the natural improvement of their young squad.   Shane Porcea. 6’10” Aru Kok , Carter Cook, Chalmers Rogers depart.

2012-2013 USC-Upstate Roster

1 Dee Washington Forward 6-4 200 Freshman Franklin, N.C. / Rabun Gap Nacoochee School
3 Jeremy Ford Guard 6-1 170 Junior Varnville, S.C. / Cleveland State C.C.
5 Ty Greene Guard 6-2 180 Sophomore Knoxville, Tenn. / Bearden HS
12 Ricardo Glenn Forward 6-8 246 Junior Augusta, Ga. / Richmond Academy
14 David Lighty Forward 6-7 215 Junior Darlington, S.C. / Spartanburg Methodist
15 Adrian Rodgers Guard 6-4 205 Sophomore Alpharetta, Ga. / Maine Central Institute
22 Zach Lillie Forward 6-7 210 Freshman Athens, Ga. / Athens Christian
23 Torrey Craig Forward 6-6 215 Junior Great Falls, S.C. / Great Falls HS
24 Jodd Maxey Forward 6-8 200 Junior Statham, Ga. / S.C. State
25 Bruce Haynes Guard 6-2 195 Sophomore Summerville, S.C. / Pinewood Prep
30 Rob Elam Forward 6-6 218 Senior East Point, Ga. / East Mississippi
31 Mario Blessing Guard 6-2 165 Sophomore Kusterdingen, Germany / Urspring HS
32 Fred Miller Guard 6-4 200 Sophomore Atlanta, Ga. / Chamblee HS
34 Babatunde Olumuyiwa Forward/Center 6-8 220 Junior Athens, Ga. / Clarke Central HS
44 Michael Buchanan Center 6-11 250 Freshman Las Vegas, Nev. / Palo Verde HS

2011-2012 USC-Upstate Results

RECORD:  OVERALL  HOME  AWAY  NEUTRAL 
ALL GAMES (21-13) (13-1) (7-9) (1-3)
CONFERENCE (13-5) (8-1) (5-4) (0-0)
NON-CONFERENCE (8-8) (5-0) (2-5) (1-3)

2011-2012 Stats

Player MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TPG FG% FT% 3P%
Torrey Craig 29.7 16.4 7.7 1.5 1.3 1.1 2.7 .435 .682 .349
Ty Greene 30.5 11.4 2.9 2.4 1.5 0.1 1.9 .384 .778 .400
Ricardo Glenn 22.3 9.5 7.3 1.5 0.8 0.3 1.4 .523 .569 .000
Adrian Rodgers 20.0 8.2 2.1 1.8 0.8 0.1 2.2 .449 .545 .237
Jodd Maxey 21.6 7.7 4.8 1.0 1.6 1.4 1.8 .517 .600 .000
Babatunde Olumuyiwa 16.6 5.6 3.2 0.6 0.4 1.0 1.2 .533 .519 .000
Mario Blessing 22.9 4.7 1.5 1.8 0.5 0.1 1.7 .364 .667 .352
Carter Cook 8.3 3.1 1.1 0.7 0.4 0.1 0.5 .474 .737 .316
Fred Miller 11.9 2.4 1.3 1.1 0.6 0.0 0.9 .276 .545 .190
Chalmers Rogers 12.4 2.2 1.4 0.4 0.4 0.1 0.5 .400 .364 .368
Shane Porchea 4.3 1.3 0.8 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.2 .353 .444 .000
Bruce Haynes 3.3 1.0 0.0 0.8 0.5 0.0 0.0 .250 1.000 .000
Rob Elam 7.3 1.0 0.8 0.4 0.1 0.0 0.3 .381 .667 .000
Totals 71 37 13 8 4 15 .439 .637 .337

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Scouting the ASUN: The Jacksonville Dolphins

Russell Powell of Jacksonville
Russell Powell of Jacksonville
Russell Powell 2011-12: 11 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.2 bpg

Jacksonville looked terrible early on last year but were playing much better by season’s end, finding in Aloys Cabell a scoring threat that they had been missing since Ben Smith left.  However they lose Cabell, Chris Davis, Jake Geisler and Eric Richardson to transfer, along with graduates Shamille Jeffers, Terry Galvin and Delwan Graham.   Only 3 of their top 9 scorers return.  In the front court rotation only Glenn Powell returns.  In the back court, it’s guards Keith McDougald and Russell Powell.   Sophomore bit players Evin Graham and Jeremy Boguswill be asked to do much more.  Cliff Warren will have a job in both recruiting and coaching to do here.  But will they be any worse than the 8-20 of this past year?

Newcomers will be counted on for immediate help, including 6’4” shooting guard Jarvis Haywood of Charlotte, NC, with the highest ESPN rating of all ASun incoming freshmen at 88.     Jacksonville caught an important break when Utah transfer PF Javon Dawson, 6-6 260 (3.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 14.7 min.), was declared eligible for this year.  Dylan Fritsch 6’5” 170, Otero JC (same team as Lipscomb’s Oscar Garcia) adds shooting power to a team that needs it (10.2 ppg on 41% with 37%(67-179) from 3, 3.3 rebounds, .94 assists, 1.0 t.o., .16 blocks, .53 steals).  6’9” 235 freshman Tyler Alderman, may be more of a project.   Freshman Kadario Fleming, Ridgeway HS, Memphis, 6’6” 185, ESPN rated 83 is said to be thicker and stronger than his weight would suggest. Freshman Marcellous Bell, 5’10” 140, point guard ranked 79 by ESPN arrives from the legendary DeMatha program.   They’ll probably be counting on transfers Dawson and Fritsch and freshman Haywood to step right into the rotation.  RS-sophomore Admir Sahbegovic has supposedly suffered yet another knee injury and may miss the season.

The Dolphins had the benefit of a summer trip to the Dominican Republic where they beat up on 4 inferior teams.  This was no doubt a critically important step to integrate so many the new guys.  But Lipscomb made the same trip last year, and still had a difficult season.  Despite that experience, I expect Jacksonville to look pretty rough initially.  Like ETSU they are undertaking major rebuilding.  And unless 6’9” freshman Alderman can be a factor, which I consider unlikely, they will have no one over 6’6”.  But they have brought in talent, and could be a factor in the ASun by season’s end.  Cliff Warren teams have a way of coming together and battling at the finish.

2012-2013 Jacksonville Roster

0 Javon Dawson F Jr. 6-6 260 Cordele, Ga. (Utah)
1 Jeremy Bogus G So. 6-4 180 Birmingham, Ala. (Wenonah)
2 Russell Powell G Sr. 5-9 150 Newnan, Ga. (Newnan)
5 Evin Graham F So. 6-3 185 Fort Myers, Fla. (Fort Myers)
10 Marcellous Bell G Fr. 5-11 175 Hyattsville, Md. (DeMatha Catholic)
11 Jarvis Haywood G Fr. 6-4 185 Charlotte, N.C. (Harding)
20 Dylan Fritsch F Jr. 6-5 170 Albuquerque, N.M. (Otero JC)
21 Keith McDougald G Jr. 6-1 206 Jacksonville, Fla. (Bishop Kenny)
22 Admir Sahbegovic F So. 6-6 200 Jacksonville, Fla. (Englewood)
23 Kordario Fleming F Fr. 6-6 210 Memphis, Tenn. (Ridgeway)
42 Glenn Powell F Sr. 6-5 200 Deerfield Beach, Fla. (Fork Union Mil. Acad)
44 Tyler Alderman C Fr. 6-9 235 Fishers, Ind. (Fishers)

2011-2012 Jacksonville Results

RECORD:  OVERALL  HOME  AWAY  NEUTRAL 
ALL GAMES (8-22) (5-6) (3-15) (0-1)
CONFERENCE (6-12) (4-5) (2-7) (0-0)
NON-CONFERENCE (2-10) (1-1) (1-8) (0-1)

2011-2012 Stats

Player GP MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TPG FG% FT% 3P%
Aloys Cabell 29 25.2 12.3 1.8 2.5 0.8 0.1 2.0 .397 .698 .408
Keith McDougald 19 26.5 11.2 3.2 1.3 1.0 0.0 1.7 .373 .774 .340
Glenn Powell 30 27.9 10.9 6.4 0.4 1.1 1.2 1.9 .559 .425 .000
Delwan Graham 30 23.8 9.1 6.6 1.3 1.1 0.9 2.4 .448 .698 .333
Tevin Galvin 25 29.1 8.5 5.0 1.7 1.1 0.4 2.1 .392 .623 .291
Russell Powell 30 32.0 8.3 2.9 4.0 1.3 0.0 1.8 .388 .743 .255
Chris Davis 30 17.0 4.0 2.0 0.8 0.4 0.2 1.3 .366 .729 .314
Shamile Jeffers 30 9.6 2.2 1.8 0.1 0.4 0.5 0.8 .574 .579 .000
Jake Geisler 16 6.4 1.9 1.4 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.2 .314 .800 .200
Evin Graham 26 15.8 1.8 2.7 0.7 0.5 0.1 1.3 .341 .520 .300
Jeremy Bogus 21 6.6 1.7 0.3 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.2 .244 1.000 .256
Admir Sahbegovic 24 5.4 0.9 0.6 0.1 0.3 0.0 0.5 .292 .636 .500
Totals 30 65 34 12 7 4 15 .418 .657 .319

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