Solid Returning Core Highlights Outlook For Marist Men's Basketball
With new head coach Jeff Bower and a solid returning core, optimism is abundant for the Red Foxes heading into the 2013-14 season. Marist returns approximately 80 percent of its minutes and scoring from last season. Here is a look at how the Red Foxes shape up:
Talented junior swingman Chavaughn Lewis is one of the team’s three captains this season. With 979 career points, Lewis has scored more points than any Red Fox through two seasons in program history. Beyond his natural scoring ability, Lewis has shown great signs of an all-around game. He was first in the MAAC in steals with 2.0 per game, second on the team in rebounding at 5.7 per game, while also leading the team in minutes played (1090). Lewis scored 20 or more points 12 times, including five straight games, and had double digits in 25 games. He also displayed a flair for the dramatic, as he nailed a three-quarter court buzzer beater vs. Iona on Feb. 7 to send the game into double overtime, which was named #3 Play on ESPN’s Top 10.
Junior Isaiah Morton enters this season with two years of starting experience at point guard. Morton played in all 31 games for the Red Foxes last season, starting 24 of them. Over the team’s last 10 games last year, he averaged over 38 minutes per outing. Morton led the team in assists, posting 3.9 per game. He won ESPN Player of Game after leading the team in assists with five and tying for high point total with 13 in Marist’s victory over SEC foe Vanderbilt at the Old Spice Classic.
Junior T.J. Curry started in 11 games, while playing in 30, as a point guard and shooting guard last season. Curry brings toughness and enthusiasm to the table. He is strong on the defensive end, and also has the ability to knock down key shots. Last season, Curry averaged 16.6 minutes per game, and shot .364 from three-point range and .774 from the free-throw line.
Red-shirt freshman Khallid Hart sat out last season due to injury. Prior to Marist, he had a decorated high school career at The Sanford School in Hockessin, Del., where he was a member of three consecutive DIAA State Championship winning teams. Hart also has experience playing for the U.S. Virgin Islands in the FIBA Americas U18 Championships in the summer of 2012, and should contend for significant minutes.
Freshman Nick Colletta was the first player to sign with Marist after Jeff Bower was named head coach in mid-April. Although Colletta missed a good deal of the last two seasons due to injury, he was named one of the top sophomores in the state of California in the 2010-11 season, when he averaged 24.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. He has the ability to knock down long-distance shots.
Junior Tourron Whitfield is a walk-on who was named to the MAAC All-Academic Team last season. He appeared in three games, while grabbing a rebound in the Red Foxes’ outing vs. Maine on Dec. 16.
Senior Jay Bowie is one of three captains on this year’s team, his second year in that role. Bowie was named to the MAAC All-Academic Team last season. He played in 18 games, as he missed time due to injury after not having missed a game in his first two seasons. An efficient shooter, he led the team in three-point percentage at .458, and was second in field-goal percentage at .527 and free-throw percentage at .833. Bowie posted a career-high 12 rebounds in the Red Foxes’ first win over SEC team Vanderbilt on Nov. 23, and can hold his own physically at the four spot at 6-foot-5.
Junior Manny Thomas was named to the MAAC All-Academic Team for the 2012-13 season. Playing in 30 games, he started five while averaging 4.5 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. Thomas provides a constant source of energy and solid defense at 6-foot-5.
Sophomore Phillip Lawrence appeared in 20 games, while starting nine of them at power forward as a freshman. Lawrence played over 20 minutes five times, while scoring a career-high seven points twice.
Freshman Kentrall Brooks began his high school career at Christ the King before transferring to St. Anthony (N.J.) before his sophomore season. At St. Anthony, Brooks went undefeated as a junior and helped the team to the number one ranking nationally.
Senior Patrick Ramsey is a walk-on who was named to the MAAC All-Academic Team last season. In his first season as a Red Fox, he appeared in five games, playing a career-high eight minutes at Army on Dec. 4.
Senior Adam Kemp, one of three captains on this year’s team, was named Third Team All-MAAC last year. He became the first player in Division I to register at least 29 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks in a game since Rider's Jason Thompson (2007) when he accomplished that feat at Iona on Feb. 7. A physical presence at 6-foot-10, Kemp registered three games of at least 20 points and 10 rebounds last season and averaged 17.3 points and 9.7 rebounds over the last nine games while recording 10 double-doubles. He was first on team and third in the MAAC in rebounding (8.6 last season) while being ranked first in the MAAC in field goal percentage (.555) and second in the MAAC in blocked shots (2.2).
Senior Pieter Prinsloo played in 23 games as a backup center last season. The 6-foot-10 Prinsloo recorded a season-high 13 minutes twice while tying his career high six points vs. VMI on Feb. 23.
Sophomore Eric Truog appeared in 26 games as a freshman, contributing at both the power forward and center positions at 6-foot-10. In his rookie season, Truog posted a career-high 10 points, five rebounds, and 23 minutes played on Dec. 19 at Bucknell.
In addition to its 20 games against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents, Marist has put together a rugged non-conference schedule. In all, the Red Foxes will have 17 contests (seven out of conference, 10 in conference) against teams which advanced to postseason play in the 2012-13 season. The season tips off on Nov. 8 at Stony Brook, and the Red Foxes’ home opener will come against Elon on Nov. 10. Marist opens MAAC play at Iona on Dec. 4, and will have its MAAC home opener on Dec. 6. Vs. Manhattan. All 18 of the Red Foxes’ regular-season games between January and March will be against conference foes.