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College Basketball 2003 : Division Ii & Iii

Sunset Season

November 21, 2003|By Bill Free

Division II

Bowie State

Affiliation: Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Coach: Luke D'Alessio, fifth season at Bowie State (77-42)

2002-03 record: 31-4 (13-3 CIAA)

Top players: Shawn Hampton, 6-9, Sr., F/C (4.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg); Allen Van Norden, 6-0, Sr., G (3.0 ppg, 1.4 rpg); Anton Jenifer, 5-9, Sr., G (transfer from Morgan State); Bakary Konate, 6-8, Jr., F (transfer from Cincinnati State CC); Ray Akinola, 6-4, Jr., G/F (transfer from Lamar CC)

Outlook: Goodbye Tim Washington, Jon Smith, Stephen Moss-Kelly, Cornelius McMurray and Omarr Smith -- the five starters who took the Bulldogs last season on a charmed ride to the NCAA Division II Final Four. Only a later-to-be-found academically ineligible Eugene Dabney (28 points) and Kentucky Wesleyan could stop Bowie, 84-64, in the semifinals. Now D'Alessio seems to have reloaded pretty quickly with transfers who seem very excited about joining this successful program.

Division III

Frostburg State

Affiliation: Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference

Coach: Webb Hatch, fifth season at Frostburg (52-57)

2002-03 record: 10-16 (5-7 AMCC)

Top players: Ryan Grabill, 6-0, Sr., G (7.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg); Myro Small, 6-2, Sr., F (7.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg); Chris Vaughn, 6-0, Jr., G (5.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg)

Outlook: The splendid Pierre Bowery era is over at Frostburg, as the school's second-leading all-time scorer (1,809 points) and all-time leading shot-blocker (192) has departed after leading the Bobcats to the AMCC tournament championship game two of the past three years. Grabill now takes over as the Bobcats' leader, and he will try to help turn some of those close losses last season (10 by 10 points or fewer) into victories.

Goucher

Affiliation: Capital Athletic Conference

Coach: Leonard Trevino, 14th season at Goucher (188-151)

2002-03 record: 16-10 (9-5 CAC)

Top players: Trevor Quinn, 6-7, Jr., F (7.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg); Pierre Jones, 6-5, So., F (13.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg); Jonathan Garritt, 6-2, So., G (10.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg); Isaac Brooks III, 5-10, Sr., G (5.9 ppg, 1.8 rpg)

Outlook: There is a strong nucleus of talent returning to lead this team, which has lost its first-team All-CAC performer, Thabo Letsebe, who became the school's fifth-leading all-time scorer before departing. Trevino has built a strong program, but he is still waiting for that big breakthrough season.

Hood

Affiliation: Independent

Coach: Tom Dickman, first season at Hood

2002-03 record: None, 2003-04 is school's first men's basketball season

Top players: All freshmen: Darnell Edmonds, 5-8, G; Santo Provenzano, 6-1, G; Sean Robine, 6-5, F; David Wilson, 6-4, G/F

Outlook: A season-ending trip to Chapel Hill, N.C., to meet the Tar Heels JV squad at the Dean Dome on Feb. 21 will be the highlight of an intriguing first season for the Hood men's basketball team. There will also be games this season against John Carroll and Washington & Jefferson, two teams that last season made the Division III tournament. All Hood home games will be played at Thomas Johnson High, where Dickman produced high-profile winning teams and All-Americans.

Johns Hopkins

Affiliation: Centennial Conference

Coach: Bill Nelson, 18th season at Hopkins (279-165)

2002-03 record: 19-7 (9-4 Centennial)

Top players: Kevin Marquez, 6-2, Sr., G (6.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg); Matt Righter, 6-5, Sr., G (5.0 ppg, 1.4 rpg); Eric Toback, 6-6, Jr., F (6.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg); Frank Mason, 6-2, So., G (4.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg)

Outlook: Marquez is the lone returning starter (save five games for Righter) from last season's talented squad that came up a little short in the Centennial Conference tournament semifinals. But don't look for the Blue Jays to be down too long under Nelson, who has added former Loyola High coach Jerry Savage to his staff. Hopkins gets some instant offense from Toback, who led the team in three-point shooting last season (38.7 percent).

McDaniel

Affiliation: Centennial Conference

Coach: Jay Dull, third season at McDaniel (11-39)

2002-03 record: 5-20 (2-11 Centennial)

Top players: Alan Hoyt, 6-4, Sr., F (12.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg); Sam Anstead, 6-4, Sr., F (6.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg); Mike DiPiero, 5-9, So., G (3.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg)

Outlook: The Green Terror could not win a game on the road all last season, and two starters are gone from that team. That leaves the future hopes in the hands of two freshmen forwards, Jemar Daniel and Robert Wills.

St. Mary's

Affiliation: Capital Athletic Conference

Coach: Brock Kantrow, first season at St. Mary's

2002-03 record: 6-20 (3-12 CAC)

Top players: Jeffrey Turner, 6-1, Jr., F (8.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg); Donovan Gaspard, 6-5, Sr., F (8.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg); Matt Miller, 6-3, Jr., G (7.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg)

Outlook: A new coach always brings new hope to a losing program, especially if that coach, Kantrow, comes from a big-name program such as the University of Miami (Fla.), where Kantrow was an assistant for three seasons. Freshman PG Dan Engelstad could provide some excitement to this Seahawks team.

Salisbury

Affiliation: Capital Athletic Conference

Coach: Steve Holmes, fourth season at Salisbury (29-47)

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