2012-2013 Season Preview: Morgan State

Filed under Season Preview on November 7th, 2012
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Morgan State basketball will open the 2012-2013 season against Texas-San Antonio on November 9 in Norfolk. From that first game, the Bears will attempt to match last season's run. They'll need to replace 52% of last season's minutes with the contributions of three incoming freshmen.

Morgan State will see the largest deficiency in rebounding, where the team lost 59.6% of their output. That's followed closely by assists, where they lost another massive 57.1% of last season's numbers.

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Last season, Morgan State finished with a final overall record of 9-19 and placed 8th in the MEAC regular season with a conference record of 6-10. In the postseason, the Bears were booted from the MEAC tournament by Hampton, 69-65. Morgan State will feel the loss of last year's seniors Kevin Thompson (29 minutes per game), Larry Bastfield (27 MPG), Ameer Ali (22 MPG), and Aric Brooks (22 MPG). The Bears will also miss Jeremy Canty (4 MPG) and James Hamilton (3 MPG), who left the team.

The Bears retain senior DeWayne Jackson (12.1 points/game), sophomore Blake Bozeman (1.7 assists/game), junior Justin Black (1.8 assists/game), junior Ian Chiles (1.6 blocked shots/game), and sophomore Shaquille Duncan (3.3 points/game).

The Bears bring on incoming freshmen including 6-0 Donte Pretlow, 6-5 Rasean Simpson, and 6-6 Cedric Blossom. The team also picks up 6-5 senior Anthony Hubbard, 5-9 junior Daryl Traynham (transferred from Massachusetts), 6-4 junior Christian Kabongo (transferred from New Mexico State), and 6-6 junior Tauron Bailey. Morgan State opens MEAC play on January 12th against South Carolina State.

Season Preview Notes:
  • Since 2002, Morgan State has an overall winning percentage of 47.1%. The Bears have been improving over the last 5 years with an overall winning percentage of 59.3%.
  • The Bears have an average conference finish of 3.0 over the last 5 seasons. Over the past 16 the team has an average finish of 5.6.
  • The average final RPI (last year) of opponents on this year's schedule is 221.4.
  • This year's opponent with the highest RPI from last year is Virginia (#57).
  • This year's opponent with the lowest RPI from last year is South Carolina State (#343).

Tags: Kevin Thompson, Larry Bastfield, Ameer Ali, Aric Brooks, Jeremy Canty, James Hamilton, DeWayne Jackson, Blake Bozeman, Justin Black, Ian Chiles, Shaquille Duncan, Donte Pretlow, Rasean Simpson, Cedric Blossom, Anthony Hubbard, Daryl Traynham, Christian Kabongo, Tauron Bailey

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Season Preview: Morgan State should not be significantly better or worse than last year. Read our Season Preview
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MEAC Standings

OverallConf
1 NCCU 28-6 16-1
2 Hampton 18-13 13-4
3 Norfolk State 19-15 11-5
 3Morgan State 15-16 11-5
5 Savannah State 13-19 10-6
6 Florida A&M 14-18 8-8
7 Coppin State 12-20 7-9
8 Delaware State 9-21 5-11
8 SCSU 9-21 5-11
8 NCAT 9-23 5-11
8 Howard 8-25 5-11
8 Bethune-Cookman 7-25 5-11
13 UMES 6-24 4-12
Last updated: Apr 10th, 2014

2014-2015 Roster

#34 Cedric Blossom Jr F 6-6 225
#22 Blake Bozeman Sr G 6-2 170
Sam Briggs Fr G 6-1 170
#5 Conrad Chambers Fr G 6-1 180
#2 T. Childs-Harris So G 6-4 185
#4 Cliff Cornish So F 6-8 240
#33 Jeremiah Curtis Fr F 6-8 230
#23 Andrew Hampton So F 6-4 195
#10 Emmanuel Matey Fr G 5-11 190
#42 J. Omogbehin Sr C 7-3 315
#1 Donte Pretlow Jr G 6-0 185
#12 Jamar Redmond Fr G 6-3 190
#3 Rasean Simpson Jr G 6-5 190
#50 Zech Smith Sr C 7-0 270
#21 Kyle Thomas So F 6-7 200
#53 W. Turnipseed Jr F 6-9 190
#11 C. Vaughan Jr. Fr G 6-2 175
#44 Anthony Vernon Fr F 6-9 255