Lo­cal men’s teams at a glance

Baltimore Sun - - COLLEGE BASKETBALL - By C.J. Doon

Cop­pin State

Coach: Michael Grant (third sea­son, 17-45) 2015-16 record: 9-22, 6-10 (tied for ninth in Mid-East­ern Ath­letic Con­fer­ence) Tour­na­ment re­sult: Lost to No. 3 seed South Carolina State, 90-80, in MEAC quar­ter­fi­nals Pre­sea­son poll: 10th in MEAC Key non­con­fer­ence games: at Hof­s­tra (tonight), at Val­paraiso (Mon­day), at Brigham Young (Thurs­day), at Utah (next Fri­day), at Ge­orge­town (Nov. 30), at Clem­son (Dec. 4), at Mount St. Mary’s (Dec. 22) Player to watch: Terry Har­ris Jr. The 6-foot-8 se­nior for­ward, a Ken­wood grad­u­ate, was named to the pre­sea­son All-MEAC third team af­ter a ju­nior sea­son in which he av­er­aged 12.4 points and 7.2 re­bounds, fifth best in the con­fer­ence. Har­ris, who tied a team sea­son high with 27 points in an over­time loss to San Fran­cisco last sea­son, fin­ished with eight dou­ble dou­bles and a team-lead­ing 25 blocks. The skinny: Who will re­place Chris­tian Kessee? Kessee, the Ea­gles’ scor­ing leader, who will play at Mem­phis this sea­son as a grad­u­ate trans­fer, av­er­aged 14.6 points and shot 39.5 per­cent from be­yond the 3-point arc. He was one of three dou­ble-digit scor­ers lost, along­side Trevon Sey­more (10.2) and James Sylvester (10). Har­ris and se­nior guard-for­ward Joshua Tread­well fig­ure to pick up the slack, along with se­nior guard Joseph Grip­per, a trans­fer from High­land Com­mu­nity Col­lege in Illi­nois. Grip­per av­er­aged six points, 2.7 as­sists and 1.4 re­bounds while shoot­ing 45 per­cent from the field and 36.4 per­cent from 3-point range for the Cougars in 2013-14. Tread­well shot a team-high 44.1 per­cent from the field and was sec­ond on the team in 3-point­ers made (39) for Cop­pin State.

Loy­ola Mary­land

Coach: G.G. Smith (fourth sea­son, 31-59) 2015-16 record: 9-21, 8-10 (eighth in Pa­triot League) Tour­na­ment re­sult: Lost to No. 9 seed Holy Cross, 72-67, in Pa­triot League first round Pre­sea­son poll: Sev­enth in Pa­triot League Key non­con­fer­ence games: at Notre Dame (next Fri­day), at No. 22 Creighton (Nov. 26), vs. Mount St. Mary’s (Dec. 3), at Tow­son (Dec. 7) Player to watch: An­dre Walker. The 6-0 ju­nior guard was named to the pre­sea­son All-Pa­triot League team af­ter be­ing named sec­ond-team all-con­fer­ence last sea­son, when he av­er­aged 14.2 points, 3.4 re­bounds and 3.9 as­sists. Walker was the only Pa­triot League player to be in the top 10 sta­tis­ti­cally in points per game, as­sists per game, steals per game, free-throw per­cent­age and 3-point field-goal per­cent­age. He made nine of 16 shots and scored 22 points to lead all scor­ers in the Grey­hounds’ 73-50 ex­hi­bi­tion vic­tory over vis­it­ing Johns Hop­kins on Nov. 3. The skinny: Can Loy­ola’s ex­pe­ri­enced ros­ter make noise in the Pa­triot League? The Grey­hounds re­turn 60 per­cent of their scor­ing from last sea­son and 69.3 per­cent of their re­bounds. They are also one of just three Pa­triot League teams to re­turn two play­ers who av­er­aged at least 13.3 points last sea­son in Walker and se­nior guard Jarred Jones (13.3). Jones, a John Car­roll grad­u­ate, fin­ished fourth in the league in re­bound­ing with 7.2 per game and was sixth in field-goal per­cent­age (. 500). Also part of the vet­eran back­court is ju­nior guard Chan­cel­lor Barnard (Glenelg Coun­try), who started 22 games last sea­son, av­er­ag­ing 6.4 points and 3.5 re­bounds per game.

Mor­gan State

Coach: Todd Boze­man (11th sea­son, 159-162) 2015-16 record: 9-22, 6-10 (t-ninth in MEAC) Tour­na­ment re­sult: Lost to No. 1 seed Hamp­ton, 83-81, in MEAC quar­ter­fi­nals Pre­sea­son poll: Ninth in MEAC Key non­con­fer­ence games: at Hous­ton (tonight), vs. Tow­son (Tues­day), at Rut­gers (Dec. 3), at Penn State (Dec. 21) Player to watch: Stan­ley Davis. The 6-4 fresh­man guard from STEM Academy in Ch­ester, Pa., helped lead the Clip­pers to a 24-8 record and league cham­pi­onship as a se­nior. “I think he’s go­ing to be re­ally good,” Boze­man said. “He has great lead­er­ship ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Stan­ley’s go­ing to be a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor for us.” The skinny: How will the Bears re­place lead­ing scor­ers Cedric Blos­som and Rasean Simp­son? Blos­som, a third-team All-MEAC se­lec­tion at for­ward last sea­son, led Mor­gan State with 15 points per game, while Simp­son, drafted by the NBA De­vel­op­ment League’s Santa Cruz War­riors, an af­fil­i­ate of the Golden State War­riors, av­er­aged 12.2. The duo also com­bined to av­er­age more than 13 re­bounds per game. Tasked with re­plac­ing Blos­som’s pro­duc­tion in the front­court will be ju­nior for­ward Phillip Carr, the Bears’ lone re­turn­ing starter and a pre­sea­son sec­ond-team All-MEAC se­lec­tion. Carr, who av­er­aged 10.5 points and 6.9 re­bounds last sea­son, has the abil­ity to score in­side and on the perime­ter, shoot­ing 33.7 per­cent from be­yond the arc last sea­son.

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