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Men's Basketball Season Preview

 

MIDDLE GEORGIA STATE SEASON OUTLOOK – 2019-2020

 

 

           

            The 2019-2020 Middle Georgia State University Men’s Basketball team will try to build off a successful 2018-19 season last year. Last year, the Knights finished 19-12 with a berth in the Southern States Athletic Conference Championship Game losing to Loyola 78-74. The 19 wins was a program best since merging and becoming a member of the NAIA. Coach Moe quote on last year: “Last year finished strong and with 5 of those players returning we hope it carries over to the 2019-2020 season”.

 

            The Knights return 5 players for 2019-2020 season. Four of the five returning players are seniors who will be leaned of for leadership and production this year. The four seniors are: Michael Graham, De’Miria Glover, Chance Lockett and Antony Edwards. Michael Graham returns for his second year with the Knights. Michael played in 30 games last year with 1 start while averaging 5.4 PPG & 2.6 REB/G while shooting 48% from the field last year. Michael also hit the biggest shot of the year last for the Knights – hitting the game winning shot in the SSAC Tournament Semi-Finals against Bethel University to advance to the SSAC Championship Game. Coach Moe on Michael: “We are really counting on Mike to pick up where he left off last season. He also needs to improve in the areas of scoring and rebounding”. De’Miria Glover returns to the Knights for his second year. De’Miria played in all 31 games years, earning 1 start. He finished the year with averages of 6.9 PPG & 2.8 REB/G while shooting 51% from the field. Coach Moe on De’Miria: “De’Miria is a great leader and hard-nosed defender. Need to see his scoring and rebounding averages go up this season”. The next senior is Chance Lockett. Chance, a senior from Bacon, FL, averaged 6.2 PPG while shooting 35% from the 3 PT line last year. Chance had a season high 19 points in the SSAC Championship, connecting on 4-6 from the 3 PT line that game. Coach Moe on Chance: “One of the keys to our success this year will be the ability for Chance to shoot with consistency. He really can have a special senior season”. The last senior is Antony Edwards. Antony returns for his second year with the Knights. Last year, Antony had season averages of 11.3 PPG, 3.7 REB/G & 1.6 APG while playing in all 31 games with 24 starts. Coach Moe on Antony: “We have high expectations for Antony this season. He has the talent to be an all SSAC player and we need him to be”.

 

            The lone returner who is not a senior is Junior, Chris Parker. Chris returns for his third year with the Knights after playing a limited role in his first two seasons. Chris played in 14 games last year with the Knights, averaging 1.4 PPG. Coach Moe on Chris: “Chris has come in this season and worked hard in practice. We need him to give us spots during the year where he comes in and shoots the ball”.

 

            The Knights add 9 new players to the roster for the 2019-2020 season. The 9 players include 5 transfers, 3 freshmen from HS and 1 transfer from a Prep school. The 5 transfers include Ijon Owens, Nick Cummings, Jordan Willis, Daniel Cooper and Josue Passius. The first transfer is Ijon Owens. Ijon is a 6’0 guard who transfers in from Central Georgia Tech in Macon, GA. Ijon played 1 season at Central Georgia Tech under Coach Reco Dawson where they won the GCAA Men’s Basketball Conference Championship. Ijon played his first season at Andrew College under Coach Jaime Brooks where he won GCAA Freshmen of the Year while averaging 18.6 PPG while shooting 44% from the field and 38% from the 3 PT line. Ijon, his sophomore year averaged 9.1 PPG, 2.1 REB/G and 2.5 A/G while shooting 42% from the field and 41% from the 3 PT line. Coach Moe quote on Ijon: “Ijon biggest strength is his ability to shoot the basketball. That’s what we recruited him to do”.Nick Cummings is a 6’2 wing/forward who transfers in from South Georgia Tech in Americus, GA. Nick comes in after playing 1 year under Coach Travis Garrett. In his lone season at South Georgia Tech, Nick averaged 7.5 PPG and 5.3 REB/G while shooting 50% from the field. Coach Moe on Nick: “Nick brings great athleticism to the program. Must develop his game inside more to really up this season”. Jordan Willis is a 6’2 guard who transfers in from Albany Tech in Albany, GA. Jordan played two seasons at Albany Tech for Coach Sylvester Patterson. In his sophomore year at Albany Tech, Jordan averaged 6.4 PPG and 2.9 REB/G while playing in 11 games. Coach Moe on Jordan: “We are asking a lot from Jordan to become our starting point guard. The key to his success will be how quickly he learns our offensive and defensive system”.Daniel Cooper is a 6’3 wing/forward who transfers in from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA. Daniel played 1 years at Georgia Southern under Head Coach Mark Byington. Daniel played high school at Statesboro High School for Coach Lee Hill. At Statesboro High School, Daniel was named first-team all-region and GACA Class 5A All-State while averaging 17.2 PPG, 4.3 REB/G and 3 APG. Coach Moe on Daniel: “Daniel is hard worker who approaches practice with idea of getting better every day. Need him to give us an offensive boost when he is in the games”. Josue Passius is a 6’4 F who transfers in from Marion Military Institute in Marion, AL. Josue played two seasons at Marion Military for Coach Phillip Stitt. This past season, Josue averaged 11.4 PPG and 7.1 REB/G while shooting 62% from the field. Coach Moe on Josue: “Josue will be needed immediately to fill the 4 position. Should be one of the top rebounders in the conference”.

 

            The Knights added 1 transfer from Middle Georgia Prep, a Prep school located in Barnesville, GA – Jahwan Smith. Jahwan is a 5’10 point guard who comes to Middle Georgia State after playing one season of prep ball at Middle Georgia Prep for Coach Aaron Tribbey. Jahwan helped lead Middle Georgia Prep to a 34-9 record this season while being a team captain. Jahwan had season averages of 12 PPG, 6 APG and 2 SPG while shooting 41% from the 3 PT line the last two months of the season. Jahwan played his high school career at Kell High School where he was a 1st Team All-State performer his senior year.

 

            The Knights round out the roster with three freshmen – Charles Ubah, Jordan Walker & Trevon Walker. Trevon is a 5’10 G who comes from Warner Robins HS in Warner Robins, GA. Trevon played all 4 seasons at Warner Robins under Coach Jamaal Garman. His senior year, Trevon helped lead Warner Robins to a 23-7 record and a Sweet 16 appearance in the GHSAA Tournament while being named to the 2018-2019 Hypesouth All Middle Georgia Honorable Mention team. Charles is a 6’1 G from Baldwin HS in Milledgeville, GA. His senior year, Charles had season averages of 3.5 PPG & 2.1 REB/G. Jordan Walker is a 6’3 G/F, who last year at Elite Scholars HS in Jonesboro, GA.

 

            Coach Moe expectations on 2019-2020 season: “We have a good nucleus coming back from 2018-2019, but our success as a team in 2019-20 will be the ability of our new players to get prepared to play”.

 

            The Middle Georgia State University Knights were picked 7th in the SSAC Head Coaches Preseason Poll for the 2019-2020 season. Coach Moe quote on Preseason Poll: “I never have really paid much attention to preseason polls, but it is obvious by being picked 7th we have a lot to prove”.