New UAM Men’s Basketball Coach Unveils Roster

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MONTICELLO – First-year University of Arkansas-Monticello’s Men’s Basketball Coach Kyle Tolin has unveiled his team’s roster with the start of the 2014-15 season just over a month away.

tv Sports reflection 10db“We are very excited about this recruiting class,” said Tolin. “There is a nice blend of talent and guys who we believe will ultimately compete at a high level. We feel like we have a talented group coming in along with the guys returning. Each of the guys on the roster understands what it takes to win and have been winners where they are coming from.”

In addition to returners Sharif Hudson, Jordan Weaver, Ryan Lensing and D’Audrio Patton, Tolin welcomes eight newcomers to the team for the 2014-15 season that is set to get underway Friday, November 14 against North Texas in an exhibition game. The next day, November 15, is the first home game of the season at 6 p.m. against Champion Baptist College.

Of the returners, Hudson logged the most minutes last season and is the only returning starter. He ranked third on the team during the 2013-14 year with an average of 10.1 points per game, while also adding an average of 4.5 rebounds. Patton played in 25 games and averaged six points per contest. Lensing is the longest tenured on the roster with two years of experience. Last year, Lensing played in 17 games and averaged 4.2 points per game. Weaver saw action in 23 contests last season and chipped in with 1.7 points per outing.

The eight newcomers range from Nevada to New York.

Richard Benedyth, a 5-11 guard originally out of the Bronx, New York, comes to UAM from San Jacinto College in Texas where he averaged 10 points per game and shot 50 percent from the field last year. He was a second-team all-conference selection and led San Jac to a 23-8 record as the starting point guard. As a freshman, he played in the national championship game at Northwest Florida.

Jamal Peterson, a 5-10 combo guard out of Las Vegas, comes to Monticello from Northeastern County Community College, where he was the starting point guard on a 31-4 team last year. Heaveraged 10.2 points and was a 35 percent shooter beyond the three-point arc. He also shot 78 percent on free throws.

Cameron Blue, a 6-7 forward out of Pflugerville, Texas, transfers from Texas A&M-Commerce, where he played in 27 games as a junior with an average of 4.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. Prior to A&M-Commerce, Blue averaged 12 points and eight rebounds per game at Allen Community College.

Korbin McClain, a 6-3 guard out of Chicago, Illinois, played at South Suburban Community College last year andhelped the team to a 32-5 record and a trip to the national tournament. He averaged 10 points per game and shot 49 percent from the field. He also averaged 5.1 rebounds per game.

XKeem Jones, a 6-7 forward from Wilson, North Carolina, transfers from Wallace State in Alabama, where he averaged 4.3 rebounds and four rebounds per game. He helped lead the Lions to a 28-7 record and a berth into the national tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Nick Gianakoulias, a 6-1 shooting guard from Las Vegas, comes to UAM from West Hills College in California. He averaged 10 points and three three-pointers per game last season en route to honorable mention all-conference honors. He had a season-high 32 points and 10 three-pointers against Solano last season.

Kazmere Boyd, a 6-1 guard from Olathe, Kansas, averaged 7.5 points and 3.1 rebounds per game at Cowley County Community College last season. As a freshman, Boyd played at Pratt Junior College and averaged 8.5 points and four rebounds per game that season.

Eli Alexander, a 6-5 forward from Kansas City, Kansas, comes to UAM from Texas Wesleyan University, where he averaged six points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Prior to TWU, Alexander played and started two years at Coffeyville Community College and helped his team to a 63-3 combined record in those two seasons.

Tolin looks to extend the program’s current streak of seven-straight winning seasons, highlighted by three consecutive top three finishes in the Great American Conference. For a look at UAM’s 2014-15 schedule, visit the following link: http://uamsports.com/schedule.aspx?path=mbball&. The complete 2014-15 roster can be accessed here: http://uamsports.com/roster.aspx?path=mbball&.

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