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Saint Leo Lions college basketball season preview 2010-11

Saint Leo

Men

Coach: Mike Madagan (92-168, 10th season)

Last season: 11-20 (4-12 Sunshine State Conference)

Notable: Jordan Prais, Saint Leo's all-time leading scorer and rebounder, graduated along with impact player Josue Vazquez, which explains why the Lions were selected last (ninth) in the preseason SSC poll after finishing tied for seventh. A quartet of seniors — Brandon High's Jeremy Jackson, Wesley Chapel's Saladeem Dewberry, Matt Salay and Quentin Cullop, who returns to the team after a year hiatus — provide stability. The Lions, though, need scorers. None of their returning players averaged double figures last season.

ROSTER

No. Player Ht. Pos. Yr.

1 Anthony Mason 6-5 F Fr.

2 Nate Johnson 6-4 G Fr.

3 Jamal Thompson 6-3 G Sr.

4 Terry Whitted 5-10 G So.

5 Jeremy Jackson 6-5 G Sr.

10 Daniel Oliver 5-10 G Sr.

11 Dominick Robinson 6-0 G So.

12 Spencer Copeland 6-5 F So.

20 Spenser Mitchell 6-8 F Fr.

22 Quentin Cullop 6-1 G Sr.

24 Matthew Salay 6-4 G Sr.

30 Matt Kendrick 6-11 C So.

32 Walter Perkins 6-7 F Sr.

33 Saladeem Dewberry 6-5 F Sr.

34 Allen Young 6-7 F So.

42 Alex Stewart 6-6 G Fr.

Schedule: Nov. 12 — Valdosta State at Valdosta, Ga., 8; Nov. 13 — Delta State at Valdosta, Ga., 4; Nov. 16 — Trinity College, 7; Nov. 19 — Franklin Pierce at Rockville Centre, N.Y., 6; Nov. 20 — TBA at Rockville Centre, N.Y., TBA; Nov. 22 — Puerto Rico-Bayamon, 5:30; Nov. 24 — Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, 2; Dec. 4 — at Florida Tech, 7:30; Dec. 10 — at Trinity, 7; Dec. 17 — Palm Beach Atlantic, 6; Jan. 2 — Lynn, 4; Jan. 5 — Florida Southern, 7:30; Jan. 8 — at Nova Southeastern, 7:30; Jan. 12 — at Tampa, 7:30; Jan. 15 — Rollins, 4; Jan. 19 — Eckerd, 7:30; Jan. 22 — Florida College, 4; Jan. 26 — at Barry, 7:30; Jan. 29 — Florida Tech, 4; Feb. 2 — at Lynn, 7:30; Feb. 5 — Nova Southeastern, 4; Feb. 9 — at Florida Southern, 7:30; Feb. 12 — at Rollins, 4; Feb. 16 — Tampa, 7:30; Feb. 17 — at Florida College, 7; Feb. 19 — at Palm Beach Atlantic, 7:30; Feb. 23 — at Eckerd, 7:30; Feb. 26 — Barry, 4.

Women

Coach: Chanita Olds (52-86, sixth season)

Last season: 13-15 (6-10 Sunshine State Conference)

Notable: The Lions dropped 13 of their final 17 to finish sixth in the SSC after starting a program-best 9-2. That skid combined with the graduation of All-SSC player Dominique Daniels is what prompted conference coaches to vote the Lions last (ninth) in the preseason poll. Just two starters, seniors Gekeela Clemmons and Brittany Carannante, return. Chanele Patton, who starred locally at Blake, figures to play plenty of minutes, as does Boca Ciega alumna Melissa Schmidt.

Roster

No. Player Ht. Pos. Yr.

00 Melissa Schmidt 6-0 F So.

1 Alyssa Viscomi 5-7 G So.

3 Kiara Bradley 5-3 G Sr.

5 Brittany Carannante 5-8 G Sr.

10 Asia Wilson 5-6 G Jr.

12 Elise Clyburn 5-5 G So.

13 Chelsea Williams 6-0 F Fr.

15 Chanele Patton 5-11 F Jr.

20 Lauren Lee 5-9 F Sr.

21 Jamarra Robinson 5-8 G Sr.

22 Gekeela Clemmons 5-9 G Sr.

23 Artigua Kilpatrick 5-8 G Fr.

24 Chelsea Connelly 5-10 G Fr.

32 Keishara Green 5-11 F Fr.

33 Joanna Bussa 5-4, G, Sr.

Schedule: Nov. 13 — at Stetson, 1; Nov. 19 — Armstrong Atlantic State, 7:30; Nov. 20 — Mary of North Dakota, 4; Nov. 22 — Puerto Rico-Bayamon, 7:30; Nov. 24 — Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, 12; Nov. 30 — Flagler College, 5:30; Dec. 4 — at Florida Tech, 5:30; Dec. 14 — at Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, TBA; Dec. 15 — at Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, TBA; Dec. 17 — at Puerto Rico-Bayamon, TBA; Dec. 30 — at Valdosta State, 6; Jan. 2 — Lynn, 2; Jan. 5 — Florida Southern, 5:30; Jan. 8 — at Nova Southeastern, 2; Jan. 12 — at Tampa, 5:30; Jan. 15 — Rollins, 2; Jan. 19 — Eckerd, 5:30; Jan. 22 — Palm Beach Atlantic, 2; Jan. 26 — at Barry, 5:30; Jan. 29 — Florida Tech, 2; Feb. 2 — at Lynn, 5:30; Feb. 5 — Nova Southeastern, 2; Feb. 9 — at Florida Southern, 5:30; Feb. 12 — at Rollins, 2; Feb. 16 — Tampa, 5:30; Feb. 23 — at Eckerd, 5:30; Feb. 26 — Barry, 2.

Bryan Burns, Times staff writer

Saint Leo Lions college basketball season preview 2010-11 11/06/10 [Last modified: Saturday, November 6, 2010 8:43pm]
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