Men's Basketball Returns Veteran Squad As It Looks To Take Next Step. Opens Vs. Stony Brook
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - In his fifth season in charge of the men's basketball program, Head Coach Chuck Martin will look to his Red Foxes to take the next step on the ladder of success following a strong second half of their 2011-12 season. Down the stretch in the final 10 games, Marist went 7-3, including wins over the eventual MAAC champion Loyola, Maine in the BracketBuster game and Saint Peter's in the MAAC Tournament. This season the Red Foxes return their entire starting lineup and 14 players overall from 2011-12; statistically 95 percent of both their scoring and total playing minutes will be back on the court.
On and off the court, Martin will lean on a trio of upperclassmen as captains for the 2012-13 season. Prior to officially opening practice, red-shirt senior Dorvell Carter, senior Devin Price and junior Jay Bowie were bestowed with the title of team captain.
Junior Adam Kemp returns to the front line and will once again be counted on to give the Red Foxes a gritty and powerful athlete on both ends of the court. Playing in his first full and healthy season, Kemp finished 2011-12 with a stat line of 8.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game; both his rebound and block totals finished top six in the MAAC. His upside was on display at home on Jan. 8 versus Iona when he set career-highs in points with 25 and rebounds with 15.
Pieter Prinsloo is a junior, who has continued to gain strength and build on his skill set, will again see time as a backup to Kemp. Last season, he shot .444 from the field, and brought down 66 rebounds with 11 blocks. In the Hall of Fame Tournament versus Vermont, he corralled a career-high seven rebounds.
Eric Troug gives the Red Foxes a third 6-10 athlete in the front court. The three-time Chagrin Valley Conference Player of the Year, Troug compiled a stat line of 22.1 points and 11.4 rebounds as a senior at Kenston High School, while leading his squad to a 20-2 overall record.
Similar to his classmate Adam Kemp, Jay Bowie brings grit and power to the starting Marist front court. As a sophomore, Bowie saw time at both the 3 and 4 for the Red Foxes. He finished the year with final averages of 7.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, though he closed the season with averages of 10.7 and 6.2 after being moved to the power forward position on Feb. 2. During that final stretch of the year, he set both his career highs in points with 23 versus Canisius and rebounds with 11 versus Niagara.
Chavaughn Lewis looks to continue building off of his record-setting freshman campaign in which he led the team with a 14.4 points per game average, as well as compiling the team's second-highest rebounding average at 4.7 boards a game. With his 460 total points, Lewis set Marist's all-time Division 1 single season freshman scoring record. In the final 11 games of the season, after joining the starting lineup on Feb. 2, he averaged 17.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Lewis also scored in double figures in each of his last 20 games of 2011-12.
Fifth-year senior Dorvell Carter appears ready to return and play a prominent role for the Red Foxes on the wing after suffering a season-ending knee injury in the third game of 2011-12. Carter began the season with strong double-digit point outings versus Kentucky, South Florida and Vermont. Over his past two seasons, 33 games in all, he's averaged 8.1 points and shot 33% from three-point range.
A source of instant enthusiasm and hustle off the bench for the Red Foxes in 31 of his 32 games last season, sophomore Manny Thomas once again will be counted on as one of the first two players off Chuck Martin's bench. The team leader in offensive charges drawn, Thomas also aided Marist's offensive efforts with 5.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.
Anell Alexis brings length and athleticism to the Red Foxes as a 3 or 4. Appearing in 29 games and making 18 starts, Alexis averaged 4.2 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. A skilled free throw shooter, he finished in a tie for third on the team with a .800 percentage.
Another long, athletic wing who will give Marist depth is freshman Phillip Lawrence. A 6-7 combo forward with a wide variety of skills, Lawrence comes from a winning program at Mount St. Joseph.
Devin Price leads a trio of talented guards, who will be looked upon to provide strong playmaking and scoring for the Red Foxes. After scoring 467 points over his first two years in Poughkeepsie, Price blossomed as a junior in 2011-12 recording 434 points. In his All-MAAC Third Team worthy season, the California native finished second on the team with a 13.6 points per game average. An iron-man on the court, Price played 1085 minutes; the top total on the team.
Sophomore point guard Isaiah Morton immediately took a place in the starting lineup during his first year and never looked back. Opening his career with 24 combined points versus NCAA Tournament-bound Kentucky and South Florida in the first two games of 2011-12, the Red Foxes got to see first-hand the potential that the young point guard was capable off. Morton finished his freshman season with a 7.8 point and 2.6 assist per game averages.
Fellow sophomore T.J. Curry will see his role and minutes increase with the graduation of R.J. Hall. As a freshman Curry appeared in 26 games off of the bench for an average of 8.0 minutes per contest. A relentless defender and strong three-point shooter, he will be Coach Martin's top guard option off of the bench this season.
An unfortunate knee injury to Khallid Hart will sideline the heralded freshman for the 2012-13 season. He concluded his high school career at The Sanford School in Hockessin, Delaware with three consecutive D1AA State Championships and a Delaware Player of the Year honor.
The guard position will also be given depth by senior Jesse Martin, juniors Pat Ramsey and Rob Delle Bovi and sophomore Tourron Whitfield, a quartet, who joined the basketball program as walk-ons in the fall of 2011.
The Red Foxes begin their 2012-13 season on Friday, November 9 at home versus Stony Brook, the defending America East regular season champions. Opening tip at the McCann Arena is slated to 9 p.m.
Visit GoRedFoxes.com to purchase season tickets for the 2012-13 basketball season. The Marist Ticket Office can be reached at (845) 575-3553.