Men's Team Previews

State Divisions Ii & Iii

November 18, 2005|By BILL FREE

Division II

Bowie State

Affiliation -- Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Coach -- Luke D'Alessio, seventh season at Bowie State (125-54)

2004-05 record -- 26-5 (14-2 CIAA)

Outlook -- Don't fret over Bowie State's loss of 6-foot-10 center Lee Cook, the CIAA Player of the Year who nearly led the Bulldogs back to the NCAA Division II final eight last season. D'Alessio has replaced him with 6-10, 280-pound senior transfer Jacque Pate from South Alabama. Pate, a Washington native, joins returning senior standouts Derick Payne, Kevin Bell and Ray Akinola on a squad that is being touted as probably the most athletic team D'Alessio has put together at Bowie. Pate is one of five impact recruits brought in this year, joining senior transfers Brandon West (University of District of Columbia) and Thomas Hawkins (Glenville State), along with junior transfers Magnus St. Ange (BCCC-Catonsville) and Corey Scott (Prince George's CC). This group of four transfers ranges from 6-4 to 6-8.

Division III

Frostburg State

Affiliation -- Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference

Coach -- Webb Hatch, seventh season at Frostburg (81-82)

2004-05 record -- 14-12 (9-9 AMCC)

Outlook -- Senior center Dan Ryley is only 6-5, but he averaged 13.2 points and 5.9 rebounds last season in addition to blocking a team-high 37 shots. Ryley is a two-time All-AMCC second-team selection, and he joins third-year sophomore swingman Brian Owen as the squad's primary offensive threats. Hatch will get an early sense of how far along his team is when it plays in the season-opening inaugural Pride of Maryland tournament hosted by Villa Julie, with games also played at Johns Hopkins and Goucher. Eight of the nine Division III men's teams in the state (all but St. Mary's) will participate in the event today through Sunday.

Goucher

Affiliation -- Capital Athletic Conference

Coach -- Leonard Trevino, 16th season at Goucher (219-173)

2004-05 record -- 18-9 (8-6 CAC)

Outlook -- The Gophers appear to be changing their plan of attack this season from an inside game to a three-point-shooting show led by veterans James Russo and Jonathan Garritt and fueled by two freshmen, Bobby Esbrandt and Ryan Moreland. Trevino has also added C.J. Snipes, a highly regarded 5-8 freshman point guard from Northwestern High in Hyattsville, the same school that produced Len Bias.

Hood

Affiliation -- Eastern College Athletic Conference

Coach -- Tom Dickman, third season at Hood (25-24)

2004-05 record -- 12-13 as independent

Outlook -- Dickman continues to bolster the Blazers' schedule, and Hood has joined the ECAC, making the team eligible for that league's postseason play in addition to the NCAA Division III tournament. Hood's home schedule features a game against York College, a D-III final four team. Junior forward Santo Provenzano moved up to ninth last season in D-III scoring with a 23.8 average, giving him a 22.5 mark in his two seasons in Frederick. All five starters return, with Provenzano, sophomore center Jesse Gutekunst and junior point guard Darnell Edmonds forming the nucleus of what Dickman hopes will be his first team to play in the postseason.

Johns Hopkins

Affiliation -- Centennial Conference

Coach -- Bill Nelson, 20th season at Hopkins (310-186)

2004-05 record -- 14-11 (11-7 Centennial)

Outlook -- Junior forward Danny Nawrocki will again be the focal point of the Blue Jays' offense, as the team tries to bounce back from a somewhat disappointing season. That subpar year for Nelson didn't prevent him from scheduling a road game this season against Division I Furman on Nov. 26. Nawrocki is one of three juniors expected to lead Hopkins, along with T.J. Valerio and Matt Griffin.

McDaniel

Affiliation -- Centennial Conference

Coach -- Bob Flynn, first year at McDaniel

2004-05 record -- 5-20 (3-15 Centennial)

Outlook -- Flynn will attempt to transform a long-time losing program into a winner after having a lot of success at Cardinal Gibbons. His pressure defense should be exciting to watch, but Green Terror fans are hungry for wins, something co-captains Chris Rutland and Mike DiPiero along with Jemar Daniel found hard to produce last season.

St. Mary's

Affiliation -- Capital Athletic Conference

Coach -- Chris Harney, first season at St. Mary's

2004-05 record -- 11-14 (7-7 CAC)

Outlook -- Harney is the third head coach in four seasons for the Seahawks, who are desperately seeking continuity. Harney, a St. Mary's alumnus, was the team's associate head coach last season. His offense will be built around sophomore guard Tyson Lesesne, a transfer from Delaware State.

Salisbury

Affiliation -- Capital Athletic Conference

Coach -- Steve Holmes, sixth season at Salisbury (46-81)

2004-05 record -- 10-16 (5-10 CAC)

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