A fair amount has changed since I finished the early 2011-12 previews, and instead of re-doing each team’s preview (which I will do in October) I decided to post what’s changed here.
Austin Peay – Part of the floor is being replaced after water damage…other than that nothing has changed.
Eastern Illinois – Tyler Laser won’t be returning for EIU for sure now…the NCAA has denied a 5th year of eligibility for the guard, who was injured 10 games into last season. I didn’t have him listed in the early previews, so this doesn’t change any of what I said about the team. According to EIUpanthers.com, Laser will seek out overseas options to play for (which with the impending NBA lockout could be easier said than done)
Eastern Kentucky – EKU was one of the earliest previews I completed, and since then the Colonels added transfer D’Mitri Riggs on the court and EKU alum Richie Riley on the bench.
Jacksonville State – Just this week, the Gamecocks added assistant coach Reggie Sharp, who was an assistant under Green at Mississippi Valley State.
Morehead State – As if this team needed more players, (they signed 7 in November) three JUCO players are transferring in. Guards Devon Atkinson and Marsell Holden will offer some immediate support in the depleted backcourt while forward Milton Chavis will help fill the gaping hole left by Kenneth Faried. As a note, this gives the Eagles a 20-man roster right now by my count, with 10 returning players from last season. Pretty sure they’re going to have to cut that down…
Murray State – No new changes.
SEMO – They have a new website (Hallelujah!) But that’s it.
SIUE – Their first full OVC schedule just got even more challenging as according to ecougarzone.com, Cornelius Chatt is academically ineligible to play for the Cougars. A midseason return isn’t out of the question, but his 12 ppg is gone for the fall at least. I do disagree with ecougarzone about one thing…this is a huge loss, and I don’t think they have the players right now to fill the void.
TSU – So the Tigers are still in the OVC (for now?) and Rick Duckett was added to the TSU staff.
TTU – No new changes.
UTM – The Skyhawks don’t have a new website (but need one) They also haven’t had any changes for the upcoming season.
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