State Division Ii & Iii Previews

November 16, 2006|By Christian Ewell

Men

Division II

BOWIE STATE

AFFILIATION -- Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association

COACH -- Luke D'Alessio, eighth season (144-65)

2005-06 RECORD -- 19-11 (10-6 CIAA)

OUTLOOK -- As usual, the Bulldogs enter the season with few familiar faces on the squad, but D'Alessio's record shows that familiarity rarely matters in Bowie. Eleven new players will be on the roster, including transfers Gil Goodrich (Cardinal Gibbons/Lamar) and Arthur Bowers (Massachusetts). So while Bowie loses Derek Payne (leader in rebounds and points) and Kevin Bell (assists leader), the team is ranked 21st in the NCAA's preseason poll and is predicted to finish second in the CIAA Eastern Division.

Division III

GOUCHER

AFFILIATION -- Capital Athletic Conference

COACH -- Leonard Trevino, 17th season (222-194)

2005-06 RECORD -- 3-21 (3-11 CAC)

OUTLOOK -- Goucher will need all the talents of senior guard James Russo to fulfill any hopes of an improvement over last year's lackluster season. Russo, a Dulaney grad, led the Gophers with 21.9 points per game last season, and earned an honorable mention from Street & Smith's preseason All-American team. A bit of good news came when Pierre Jones and Cameron Brown returned to the team this fall, addressing depth issues that had plagued the Gophers last season. Jones earned second-team All-CAC honors in 2004-05, averaged 13.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.

FROSTBURG STATE

AFFILIATION -- Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference

COACH -- Webb Hatch, eighth season (93-97)

2005-06 RECORD -- 12-15 (8-10 AMCC)

OUTLOOK -- Picked to finish fourth in the AMCC, the Bobcats return three starters and six letter winners from a team that lost in the league semifinals. Senior Keith Hazel, junior Brian Green Jr. and sophomore Dale DeBerry Jr. form a trio of guards with experience to offset the losses of frontcourt players Dan Ryley and Marcus McIntyre. Hazel had 11.5 points per game, while Green averaged 11.9 points per game.

HOOD

AFFILIATION -- Capital Athletic Conference

COACH -- Tom Dickman, third season (39-35)

2005-06 RECORD -- 14-11

OUTLOOK -- The Blazers go into their first season in the CAC on a high note. After going 4-8 to start last season, Hood finished the rest of the schedule with a 10-3 record. The team lost its top player when forward Santo Provenzano (21.2 ppg) graduated and decided not to return for his final year of eligibility, but he's the only player with major minutes missing from last year. Center Jessie Gutekunst (14.4 ppg, 9.0 rpg) and guard Tim Abercrombie (11.8 ppg) are the top returnees.

JOHNS HOPKINS

AFFILIATION -- Centennial Conference

COACH -- Bill Nelson, 21st season (328-194)

2005-06 RECORD -- 18-8 (13-5 Centennial)

OUTLOOK -- The Blue Jays return 13 lettermen from last year's team, which advanced to the Centennial Conference finals. Hopkins' strengths are in the front court, featuring seniors Matt Griffin and Danny Nawrocki, both all-league selections last year. Street & Smith's selected the 6-7 Griffin for its preseason All-America honorable mention after a junior campaign during which he averaged 15.6 points and 5.3 rebounds, while Nawrocki averaged 15.3 points and 8.7 rebounds. Second team all-league guard T.J. Valerio also returns (13.2 ppg).

MCDANIEL

AFFILIATION -- Centennial Conference

COACH -- Bob Flynn, second season (9-16)

2005-06 RECORD -- 9-16 (7-11 Centennial)

OUTLOOK -- The Green Terror was terrible on the road during the 2005-06 season. McDaniel lost 10 of 11 away games in Flynn's debut season after stints at Cardinal Gibbons and St. Mary's College. Forwards Chad Arrington and Josh McKay stand out among the Green Terror's 11 returners. McKay averaged 11.8 points and 5.6 rebounds as a sophomore, while Arrington's freshman season produced an average of 7.3 rebounds and 5.8 rebounds per game.

ST. MARY'S

AFFILIATION -- Capital Athletic Conference

COACH -- Chris Harney, second season (9-16)

2005-06 RECORD -- 9-16 (4-10 CAC)

OUTLOOK -- Tyson Lesesne (Edgewood) is the name that sticks out for the Seahawks, who plummeted after a 5-2 start. Lesesne averaged 22.3 points per game last season, earning first-team All-CAC honors. But the junior guard isn't the only cause for optimism, as St. Mary's returns six players who ate up the most playing time, including senior swingman Valdez Preston.

SALISBURY

AFFILIATION -- Capital Athletic Conference

COACH -- Steve Holmes, seventh season (61-94)

2005-06 RECORD -- 15-13 (7-7 CAC)

OUTLOOK -- Seven letter winners return for the Sea Gulls, who struggled during the final month of the season, going 4-5 in that stretch. After tying for fourth in the CAC, Salisbury hopes that senior guards Ray Williams (16.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 3.6 apg) and Segun Odumeru (17.4 ppg and 47 steals) can lift the team into contention.

VILLA JULIE

AFFILIATION -- North Eastern Athletic Conference

COACH -- Brett Adams, 13th season (97-207)

2005-06 RECORD -- 20-9 (14-5 NEAC)

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