Area College Basketball Previews

November 18, 1995|By Roch Eric Kubatko

Division II men

Bowie State

League: Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Coach: Taft Hickman (21-55 career record)

1994-95 record: 8-18 overall, 7-12 in CIAA

Top returnees: Marquis Melton, 6-7, Sr., G (14.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg); David Burgin, 6-5, Jr., G/F (7.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg); Kevin English, 6-3, Jr., G (4.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg); Dwayne Moore, 6-6, So., G (3.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg).

Top newcomers: Dontae Blaney, 6-8, Jr., F; James Parker, 6-9, Fr., C; Shae Johnson, 5-9, So., G; Tony Morton, 5-10, Fr., G; .

Outlook: Bowie is picked to finish fourth in the CIAA's Northern Division, one spot higher than where it ended up last season. Hickman says the Bulldogs will return to the conference tournament with "a better package," the result of finding players who fit his up-tempo, pressing style of play. Blaney and Parker are wonderful additions. Blaney came over from Dodge Community College in Kansas, and Parker led Nansmond River High to the Virginia AA championship. They will pay immediate dividends.

Division III men

Frostburg State

League: Independent

Coach: Oscar Lewis (131-112)

1994-95 record: 17-8

Top returnees: Kelvin Clayton, 6-4, Sr., F (12.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg); Damon Stevenson, 6-0, Sr., G (15.5 ppg, 85 assists); Aaron Dale, 5-9, Sr., G (6.2 ppg, 79 assists); Pete Craig, 6-8, Sr., C (4.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg).

Top newcomers: Aaron Edwards, 6-4, Jr., F; Herb Jones, 6-2, Jr., G; Tom Shaffer, 6-6, So., F.

Outlook: Frostburg has won 17 games in each of the past two seasons, and with three starters back -- Clayton, Stevenson and Dale -- plus some talented role players, expectations are running high. Senior G Mike Longabardi started eight games, senior G Keith Dyson is a good outside shooter and Craig is an excellent shot-blocker. Also, sophomore G/F Mike Harvey appeared in 21 games last year.

Lewis is comfortable with his team's rebounding, experience, depth and overall quickness, but is leery of its outside shooting.

Goucher

League: Capital Athletic Conference

Coach: Leonard Trevino (56-71)

1994-95 record: 19-10 overall, 9-5 in CAC

Top returnees: Chad Beeten, 6-0, Sr., G (9.8 ppg, 2.4 apg); Predrag Durkovic, 6-7, Jr., F (16.0 ppg, 8.2 rpg); Marcus Washington, 6-5, So., F (8.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg); LeAndre Marshall, 5-10, So., G (4.1 ppg, 1.4 apg).

Top newcomers: Johnny Burke, 6-6, Fr., C; Igor Milosevic, 6-6, Fr., C; Dexter Martin, 6-4, Fr., F; Tavar Witherspoon, 6-4, Fr., F; Bakari Ward, 5-9, Fr., G; Vince Williams, 6-2, Fr., G.

Outlook: Entering its sixth season of intercollegiate competition, Goucher already has established itself as one of the top Division III programs in the region. The Gophers won their second straight CAC championship last winter and earned their first trip to the NCAA tournament, where they lost to Wilkes in the second round -- but not before beating defending national champion Lebanon Valley in the opening round.

Beeten and Durkovic are returning starters from the past two seasons, and Washington filled the role of sixth man.

Despite losing seven of 11 players who averaged 10 or more minutes, the Gophers could be a deeper team this season. They are picked to finish second, behind Catholic, in the conference.

Johns Hopkins

League: Centennial Conference

Coach: Bill Nelson (243-152)

1994-95 record: 5-19 overall, 5-8 in CC

Top returnees: Greg Roehrig, 6-7, So., C (14.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg); Wes Unseld, 6-3, Jr., F (12.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg); Matt Gorman, 6-4, Jr., F (8.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg); Isiah Sandlin, 6-4, So., G (8.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 32 steals); Ryan Peterson, 6-3, Jr., G (5.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg); Aaron Bevington, 6-3, Jr., G/F (5.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.1 apg); Scott Simmons, 6-1, Jr., G (4.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.3 apg).

Top newcomers: Matt Geschke, 6-3, Fr., G; Kamau Coar, 5-10, Fr., G; Brian Thomas, 5-10, So., G.

Outlook: The Blue Jays had appeared in five straight NCAA Division III tournaments until last season, when they were devastated by injuries, slowed by inexperience, and posted their worst record in Nelson's nine years as coach. All five starters are back and healthy, and Hopkins expects to get back into the post-season.

Poor outside shooting was one of the areas that doomed Hopkins last year, but that should change. Much is expected of )) Sandlin, who has tremendous range. As a freshman, he connected on 27 three-pointers. Simmons will run the offense again, but needs to score more if Hopkins is to challenge for the conference title.

The frontcourt includes Roehrig, last year's Mid-Atlantic Region Freshman of the Year who combines an excellent inside-outside game. Unseld was limited to four games because of a knee injury after being an integral part of the Hopkins team two years ago.

St. Mary's

League: Capital Athletic Conference

Coach: Bob Flynn (8-17)

1994-95 record: 8-17 overall, 3-11 in CAC

Top returnees: Barry Friedman, 6-2, Sr., G (injured); John Bowman, 6-2, Sr., G (4.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg); Andy Benincasa, 6-3, Jr., F (12.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg); Fred Johnson, 6-3, Sr., G (12.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg); Mike Lind, 6-6, Sr., F (10.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg).

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