Season Preview: Men’s Basketball
Arlington, Va. – Marymount University’s men’s basketball team enters the 2010-11 season looking to build on its 15-12 campaign a year ago after tying the program’s best record since 2001-02. Second year head coach Chris Rogers returns four letterwinners from last season, including seniors Bryan DeBruin and Stephen Simoneau, in an attempt to claim the Saints’ third Capital Athletic Conference title in program history.
DeBruin averaged 4.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per game last season while Simoneau added 6.6 ppg and 2.1 assists per game. Also back for the Saints are sophomores Anthony Acty and Aaron Walsh, looking to build on their reserve roles from a year ago.
New faces abound on the Marymount roster with 12 newcomers and nine freshmen, but the Saints have also brought in a trio of transfers with NCAA Division III experience. Juniors John Magnani (Mary Hardin-Baylor University) and Andrew Somuah (Daniel Webster College) should provide a presence in the post while sophomore Karl Nelson (McDaniel College) will see time in the backcourt.
Marymount’s newcomers are guard heavy with seven of the nine freshmen battling for time at the position. Keenan Brown, Jonathan DeLao, Jordan Easley-Small, Mac Kennedy, Walter Simmons, Kenton Fisher and Dominique Davenport will all vie for playing time in the rotation. In the post, freshmen Andrew Akins and Reed Scott give the Saints added size and depth.
The Saints open the season with a bang, travelling to face second-ranked Randolph-Macon on the road before returning home to host the Marymount-Marine Corps Tip-Off Classic. Brooklyn, Capital and Greensboro will all visit the Verizon Sports Arena for the tournament. Other non-conference foes on the MU slate include Rutgers-Camden, Goucher, Hampden-Sydney, Ursinus, Medaille, The College of New Jersey and Shenandoah.
Marymount kicks off its league portion of the schedule on the road at rival Mary Washington the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Other key CAC games include a December 1 trip to league newcomer Frostburg State, led by former MU head coach Webb Hatch, and a January 5 showdown against defending conference champions St. Mary’s (Md.) in Arlington.