MU men ready to open the season
The Mansfield University men's basketball team is set to open the 2012-13 season on Tuesday, Nov. 13 when the Mountaineers travel to Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, N.Y.
Guiding the Mounties is head coach Rich Miller who enters his eighth season at the helm of the program. During his tenure, Miller has directed Mansfield to two PSAC East division championships, four PSAC playoff berths, and an NCAA tournament berth.
The 2012-13 edition of Mountaineer men's basketball features the combination of experienced veterans and talented newcomers. Headlining the group of veterans are seniors Chuck Harper and Cory Hennghan.
Harper was second on the team in scoring last season, averaging 13.0 points per game over 24 appearances including 15 starts. He also ranked second on the team in rebounds with 5.3 per outing and in assists with 60. Henneghan saw time in 22 games in 2011-12 while making four starts on his way to averaging 8.2 points per game.
The 6-foot guard was a threat along the perimeter, knocking down a team-high 49 3-pointers while shooting 39.8% from behind the arc. Returning for his sophomore season is 2011-12 PSAC East Freshman of the Year Joe Bell, who led the Mounties in scoring last season and ranked 7th in the PSAC with 16.3 points per outing.
Not only can the 6' 6" forward score in the post, but he can knock down the jumper. Last season, Bell paced the conference in field goal percentage, shooting 57.0% from the floor.
Bell led the Mountaineers and ranked 14th in the PSAC in rebounding with 6.9 boards a game. Bell also hit double figure scoring in 23 games, including 17 straight games at one point.
Junior Charles Becoats, who started 19 games in 24 appearances last season, will have a big role in running the Mountaineer offense this season. Becoats was tied for fifth on the team in scoring in 2011-12 with 8.0 points while leading the team in 3-point FG% at 40.0%.
Fellow junior Kevonte McClain will be a key reserve at the forward position. McClain averaged 8.0 points and 4.8 rebounds per outing while starting in 17 games and making 25 appearances.
Forward Onyema Utti and guard Kenny Johnson are a pair of newcomers with experience who will break into the starting line-up this season. Utti, a junior college transfer from McCook C.C in Nebraska, recorded a team-high 14 points and 10 rebounds in an exhibition game against defending Atlantic 10 champions St. Bonaventure before recoding another double-double with 17 points and 10 boards in an exhibition against Gwynedd-Mercy.
Johnson, a transferred from Division II Virginia State, has totaled nine points in his first two exhibitions contests. Mark Wilmer, a 6' 6" sophomore, provides solid depth at the forward position.
Wilmer appeared in 21 games last season as a freshman where he totaled 14 points and 20 rebounds.
Brad Williams is a redshirt freshman guard who came off the bench to post 11 points in each of the Mounties first two exhibitions games. Redshirt freshman Brady Burke provides depth at guard.
Freshmen Taijay Williams, Kamil Parzych and Tremaine Bowman make up what Miller calls the best recruiting class he's had while at Mansfield.