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Bobcat Men's Basketball 2006-07 Season Preview

FROSTBURG, Md. - The 2006-07 season will be a challenge for the Frostburg state men's basketball team as it looks to replace three starters from last year's squad and reclaim the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference title.

Gone are post players and all-conference selections Dan Ryley and Marcus McIntyre as well as Brian Owen. Ryley and McIntyre were two of the top rebounders in the AMCC while Owen was second on the team in scoring.

Head Coach Webb Hatch, who is in his eighth season at the helm of the program, will look to seniors Dale DeBerry, Jr. (Upper Marlboro, Md./Riverdale Baptist) and Jade Belt (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) to lead the team.

Deberry has been solid in the preseason and is the projected starter at the two-guard position. He started six of the final eight games of the 2005-06 season and averaged 6.3 points per game. In the final contest of the regular season, DeBerry scored a season-high 17 points as the Bobcats fell to eventual AMCC Tournament runner-up Pitt-Greensburg.

Belt, who will add depth to the post position this year, is a good defender that rebounds well. Last season, he appeared in eight games for FSU.

Frostburg State has arguably its most talent in its four juniors; Brian Green, Jr. (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall), Keith Hazel (Weirton, W.Va./Weir), Antione McCall (Essex, Md./Eastern Tech) and Jermaine Kapombe (Washington, D.C./Friendly).

Green enters this season as FSU's starting point guard. He returns to the Bobcats after suffering a season-ending injury 11 games into last season. Greene, who possesses good ball handling and defensive skills, averaged 11.9 points and 2.7 assists per game in 2005-06.

Hazel enters the year having started the most games (18) of any returning player on this year's roster. He is a very talented athlete who can run, jump, shoot and defend well and he possesses good three-point shooting ability.

Hazel averaged 11.5 points per game last season, including 14.4 a contest over the final 16 games of the season. He earned AMCC Player of the Week honors last season after scoring a season-high 26 points against Medaille on Jan. 14.

McCall returns to the FSU lineup after playing for the Bobcats in the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons. Since his last time on the court, he has gained weight and become stronger and will compete for a starting spot in the frontcourt. In his last season in a Frostburg State uniform, he played in 20 games and averaged 3.8 points per game.

Kapombe is a transfer from Prince George's Community College. He will compete for time at both the guard and forward positions.

Sophomore Jonathan Forster (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key) will also compete for time in the backcourt. Forster is a good shooter after developing his skills in the offseason and he will see significant time.

Sophomores Carter Simmons (Annapolis, Md./Southern) and Juan Wansley (Odenton, Md./Arundel) will both battle for time on the court in the post.

Simmons is a solid left-handed player who appeared in 19 games last year. He recorded season-highs in points (6) and rebounds (6) against Medaille on Feb. 10.

Wansley is a solid post player with good ability, despite being undersized. He is a hard working and coachable player who will add depth to the team. He played in six games in 2005-06.

The coaching staff also welcomes in five very talented freshmen in Ben Tubman (Gaithersburg, Md./Watkins Mill), Paul Shockley (Leesburg, Va./Heritage), Anthony Guy (Washington, D.C./Good Counsel), Brandon Gilliam (Yonkers, N.Y./Yonkers) and Ramiro Ramos (Edgewood, Md./Edgewood).

Tubman is in his second year at FSU after not playing for the team last season. He has been a pleasant surprise in the preseason and should see significant time in the post. Tubman is a tough inside player with great rebounding skills and a quick first step.

Shockley is a good shooter and is a very fundamentally sound player who will see a ton of playing time in the backcourt in 2006-07. He was a second team all-district and first-team all-extra player as a senior at Heritage High School.

Guy is also a very fundamentally sound player and should compete for playing time at the point guard spot. He has good vision and he passes and defends well.

Gilliam is also a very coachable and hard working player. While at Yonkers High School, he earned All-Lower Hudson Conference honors as a senior. That same year he was named to the Mamaroneck Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team.

Ramos is a good left-handed post player who will battle for time. He was an all-county selection while Edgewood High School.

Frostburg State opens the season for the second-consecutive year in the Provident Bank Pride of Maryland Division III Scholarship Basketball Tournament. FSU opens with Goucher in the opening round at Bobcat Arena before traveling to Goucher for the final two-days of the tournament.

FSU's non-conference schedule will also be rough. The Bobcats face reigning USA South Conference Champion Christopher Newport as well as Shenandoah, Waynesburg and Mary Washington.

In the AMCC, Frostburg State was selected in the preseason to finish fourth. Penn State Behrend was chosen as the league's favorite followed by Lake Erie and Hilbert.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780