2016-17 PREVIEW: Southern State men’s basketball


Compiled by Mark Huber



RECORD IN 2015-16

2-19

HEAD COACH

Kelvin Gaines, 6 years at high school and AAU levels in Cincinnati and Columbus

COACH’S RECORD

1st year at SSCC

COACHES IN PROGRAM

Assistant coach Deshawn Woods

NUMBER OF STARTERS RETURNING

0

NUMBER OF RETURNING LETTER WINNERS

1 Tyler Allen, guard (Lynchburg)

KEY NEWCOMERS

Freshman G/F Caleb Allen (Col Linden McKinley); freshman F Andrew Percey (Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington High School); freshman G Alec Richardson (Blanchester); freshman F Jakarr Frey (St. Patrick’s HS, Ky)

KEY PLAYERS LOST

NA

RIGHT NOW I LIKE

Our energy and effort. We have a positive group of student-athletes that comes to practice hard everyday. The youthful passion will translate into tremendous growth potential as the season moves forward.

RIGHT NOW WE NEED TO IMPROVE

Our offensive continuity. Having such a young team there will always be a learning curve on the offensive side of the ball. There will be an ongoing process of the guys learning each other’s games and understanding the need to trust one another. I have no doubt that this will improve as the season progresses.

TEAM TO BEAT IN YOUR LEAGUE AND WHY

Every night in the USCAA is tough. This league possesses a lot of skillful players and coaches that may have went under recruited. There are a lot of veteran teams in our league that have been in some big games. We want to jump in and be as competitive as we can right away.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO SAY ABOUT TEAM, SEASON

The student-athletes that we were able to bring in this year will be a great foundation to what we are trying build as a staff and athletic program. They’ve worked very hard in the off-season through personal workouts administered by coach Woods. We have some talented kids that will help us win some ball games. Although young, we’re expecting some positive successes this season. I think we have a few players that will become household names in the community. We hope to be very competitive, fun and play the game the right way.

SCHEDULE

(NOTE: All home games played at the SSCC Central Campus in Hillsboro)

Nov 12 Andrews @SSCC 830 pm; Nov 16 @UC-Clermont 730 pm; Nov 18 Hocking @SSCC 7 pm; Nov 19 Wright St-Lake @SSCC 2 pm; Nov 22 @Akron Wayne 730 pm; Nov 30 @MiamiU-Middletown 730 pm

Dec 2 @Boyce 7 pm; Dec 10 Central Penn @SSCC 6 pm; Dec 16 KentSt-Tuscarawas @SSCC 7 pm; Dec 17 @OU-Lancaster 3 pm; Dec 19 Boyce @SSCC 6 pm

Jan 8 OSU-Mansfield @SSCC 4 pm; Jan 11 MiamiU-Hamilton 730 pm; Jan 13 @Edison 730 pm; Jan 14 @Andrews 830 pm; Jan 18 UC-Clermont @SSCC 730 pm; Jan 21 OU-Lancaster @SSCC 3 pm; Jan 22 @KentSt-Tuscarawas 3 pm Jan 25 WPAFB @SSCC 7 am; Jan 28 @Elizabethtown 2 pm

Feb 4 WrightSt-Lake @SSCC 3 pm; Feb 10 @OSU-Mansfield 730 pm; Feb 11 @Westmoreland 3 pm; Feb 18 @Christendom 3 pm; Feb 21 Edison @SSCC 730 pm

ROSTER

2-Caleb Allen, Fr

3-Alec Richardson, Fr

5-Ryan Bradley, Fr

10-Andrew Percey, Fr

12-Jakarr Fry, Fr

20-Isaiah Pryor-Smith Fr

22-Tyler Allen, So

23-Cam Carroll, Fr

24-Josh Florence, So

Compiled by Mark Huber

Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports

Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports

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