Division II and III men's previews

November 19, 1996|By Jamison Hensley

Bowie State

League: Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Coach: Taft Hickman (29-74)

1995-96: 8-19, 5-12 in the CIAA

Top returnees: Shae Johnson, 5-5, Jr., G (16.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg); Dontae Blaney, 6-8, Sr., F (10.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg); Dwayne Moore, 6-6, Jr., G (8.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg); William Brown, 6-6, Soph., C (2.1 pgg, 2.1 rpg); Tony Morton, 5-5, Soph., G (8.2 ppg); James Parker, 6-9, Soph., C (1.3 rpg).

Top newcomers: Che Evans, 6-5, Soph., F; Damian Keyes, 6-5, Jr., F (transfer from Frederick CC); Mike Jones, 6-3, Jr., G (transfer from Prince George's CC); David Burley, 6-5, Fr., F.

Outlook: Bowie State, which returns three of five starters, ended last season in a downward spiral, losing 16 of its final 20 games. But within that skid was the Bulldogs' first victory over Norfolk State in school history.

Bowie State starts one of the smallest backcourts in the nation, ++ Johnson and Morton, both 5-8. Johnson averaged 16.4 points, tops among returnees, and hit 88 three-pointers. Morton, who played under Hickman at Potomac High School, led the Bulldogs in assists (3.4).

There is a drop-off in the frontcourt. Sophomores Brown and Parker have to try to lessen the loss of last year's leading scorer and rebounder, Marquis Melton.

Frostburg State

League: Independent

Coach: Oscar Lewis (143-134)

1995-96: 13-12

Top returnees: Herb Jones, 6-3, Sr., G (12.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg); Aaron Edwards, 6-4, Sr., F (11.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg); Tom Shaffer, 6-6, Jr., C (6.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg); Keon Chavez, 5-10, Soph., G (1.0 ppg); Brent Edwards, 6-3, Jr., F (1.2 rpg).

Top newcomers: Mac Sloan, 6-2, Soph., G (transfer from Bluefield State); Darryl Dantzler, 5-10, Fr., G; Marquise Farmer, 6-6, Fr., C.

Outlook: Frostburg is building its offense around sizable point guard Jones and an assortment of shooters. One of those shooters is newcomer Sloan, who averaged 40.0 points in his senior year of high school.

But the Bobcats are not experienced, having lost three starters from last season. Edwards, who started 14 games, was consistent, hitting nearly 50 percent of his shots and grabbing almost six rebounds a game. Edwards and Shaffer should see time in the frontcourt as well.

"We are a better shooting team than what we have had in the past," Lewis said. "Inside we are adequate, but we are bigger all over. Our players are fairly interchangeable. We are flexible with

our lineup."

Goucher

League: Capital Athletic Conference

Coach: Leonard Trevino (71-81)

1995-96: 15-10, 9-5 in the CAC

Top returnees: Predrag Durkovic, 6-7, Sr., C (15.4 ppg, 9.6 rpg); Tavar Witherspoon, 6-4, Soph., F (9.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg); Bakari Ward, 5-10, Soph., G (7.0 ppg); Clay Nunley, 6-0, Jr., G (2.3 ppg); Damian Pitts, 6-5, Jr., F (4.6 ppg); Vince Williams, 6-3, Soph., G (4.8 ppg).

Top newcomers: Cornelius Burley, 6-0, Fr., G; Maurice Bowie, 6-3, Fr., G; Mike Doyle, 6-5, Soph., G (transfer from Trevecca Nazarene).

Outlook: After back-to-back CAC titles, Goucher slipped to third in the league with four freshmen and five sophomores among the regulars. The Gophers are predicted to place third again in the league in a preseason coaches poll.

A majority of this season's success will depend on Durkovic, a three-time all-CAC selection. The four-year starter is one of two players in Goucher history with more than 1,000 points and 500 rebounds. Witherspoon should provide a strong 1-2 punch in the frontcourt after a successful freshman year.

Williams returns as the starting point guard, with either Ward or Nunley starting at shooting guard. Transfer Mike Doyle, who played at Trevecca Nazarene last season, should step in at the wing position.

Johns Hopkins

League: Centennial Conference

Coach: Bill Nelson (151-110)

1995-96: 13-11, 6-7 in Centennial

Top returnees: Scott Simmons, 6-1, Sr., G (6.7 ppg, 3.9 apg); Matt Geschke, 6-3, Soph., G (6.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg); Greg Roehrig, 6-7, Jr., F (16.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg); Wes Unseld, 6-4, Sr., F (15.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg); Matt Gorman, 6-4, Sr., C (13.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg); Ryan Peterson, 6-4, Sr., F (7.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.3 apg), Kamau Coar, 5-9, Jr., G (2.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg), Evan Ellis, 6-7, Jr., C (1.5 rpg).

Top newcomers: Jonathan Olson, 6-7, Fr., F; Ben Zorensky, 6-3, Fr., G; Jake Stroman, 6-3, Fr., G; Quinn Kerrigan, 6-1, Fr., G.

Outlook: There's talk of the NCAA tournament at Homewood again after two years of rebuilding. The Blue Jays return last year's entire roster from a 13-11 season and add one of Nelson's most talented recruiting classes.

"As far as motivation goes, we have several seniors that have experienced the thrill of an NCAA tournament as well as the agony of rebuilding," Nelson said. "For them, nothing short of another trip to the NCAAs will be considered a success. Hopefully, that attitude will trickle down to the younger players as well."

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