Friday, October 24, 2008

12th Place - St. Bonaventure Bonnies

Head Coach: Mark Schmidt
Record at Bonas: 8-22 (1)

Home Court: Reilly Center (6,000)

1 Ray Blackburn Jr G 5-10 185
3 Maurice 'Grease' Thomas Jr F 6-9 225
4 Chris Matthews Jr G 6-4 205
5 Jonathan Hall Jr F/G 6-5 225
12 Tyler Benson Sr F 6-7 210
20 Malcolm Eleby So G 6-3 200
21 Da'Quan Cook Fr F 6-9 225
24 Lewis Leonard Jr G 6-4 200
32 Mike Davenport Fr G 6-4 200
33 Marquis Simmons Fr F 6-8 210
44 Andrew Nicholson Fr C 6-9 220
45 Jake Houseknecht Fr F 6-8 200
50 D'Lancy Carter Sr C 6-10 260

First 5:

1- Blackburn (juco transfer from the Buffalo area is the perfect guy for coach Schmidt's preferred up tempo attack)
2- Matthews (Washington St. transfer will be asked to be team's leading scorer, a role which he should embrace. Very talented scorer.)
3- Hall (MVP of national JUCO title game last year can really play 2-4. He is well traveled but Schmidt likes his desire to win at all costs)
4- Thomas ('Grease' was UTEP's leading rebounder two seasons ago. He also has some nice moves around the basket, expect him to make an impact in the A-10)
5- Carter (he will be the only returning starter from last year. He is a nice rebounder who needs better endurance to stay on the floor longer.)

Second 5:

1- Eleby (sophomore needs to develop a reliable jump shot to be on the floor more.)
2- Leonard (juco transfer from Philadelphia is reportedly a big time scorer, should fit well in Bonas uptempo attack)
3- Benson (senior is reportedly a shooter who didn't shoot real well last season from deep)
4- Cook (redshirt freshman was academically ineligible last year and did not practice with team. The bonas faithful love his potential.)
5- Nicholson (the best prep big man in Canada last year is the prospect I am most intrigued about on this roster. he chose bona for their science program.)

This roster looks to have A10 caliber talent on it as opposed to last year. Coach Schmidt did a great job getting 8 wins out of that group. However he is going to have to mesh a lot of new faces this year but the league needs to be put on notice that the brown and white are no longer a pushover. IF they gell this team could move up accordingly. Davenport is a local kid out of Moeller who may have to wait a season or two for his chance. Simmons will not join the team until the second semester.

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