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Tampa Spartans men's basketball season preview at a glance

University of Tampa

Men

Coach: Richard Schmidt (27th season at UT, 537-231)

Last season: 16-12 (8-8 Sunshine State Conference, T-4th); lost in SSC tournament semifinals.

Notable: The Spartans' strength will be at guard as both returning starters are in the backcourt. Sophomore Rashad Callaway, a Sporting News Division II honorable mention preseason All-American, led UT with 18.0 points, 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals a game. Senior G Anthony LeBruno (11.5 ppg) also returns. Twelve of the 19 players are freshmen or sophomores, including freshman and former Bloomingdale star Callum Townsend.

Roster (No. Player, ht., pos., yr)

3 Rashad Callaway, 5-10, G, Jr.

4 Pete Byrne, 6-0, G, Jr.

5 Haymond Rankin, 6-3, G, So.

10 Michael Cross, 6-6, F, So.

12 Mounir Benzegala, 5-10, G, Sr.

20 Dylan DeFeo, 6-2, G, So.

21 Ashton Graham, 6-3, G, So.

22 Rudy Jean, 5-8, G, Jr.

23 Jerrel Harris, 6-6, F, Fr.

24 Anthony LaBruno, 6-3, G, Sr.

25 Glyn Hunter, 6-5, F, Jr.

30 Ben Tumas, 6-4, F, So.

31 Irving Fayman, 6-0, G, Fr.

32 Callum Townsend, 6-5, G/F, Fr.

34 Herman Kelly, 6-3, G, So.

35 Marcus Morrison, 6-7, F, So.

40 Ted Amendola, 6-8, F, Fr.

42 Corey Pelot, 6-5, F, So.

44 Javon Edwards, 6-7, F, Jr.

Schedule: Nov. 23 — Florida Memorial; Nov. 25 — St. Thomas; Nov. 27 — Edward Waters (Eckerd Classic); Nov. 28 — P.R.-Bayamon (Eckerd Classic); Dec. 5 — at Florida Tech; Dec. 9 — at Benedict; Dec. 12 — Valdosta State; Dec. 21 — Concordia (Tampa Classic); Dec. 22 — Delta State (Tampa Classic); Jan. 2 — Nova Southeastern; Jan. 6 — Saint Leo; Jan. 9 — at Lynn; Jan. 13 — at Eckerd; Jan. 16 — Rollins; Jan. 20 — at Florida Southern; Jan. 23 — Barry; Jan. 27 — at Palm Beach Atlantic; Jan. 30 — Florida Tech; Feb. 3 — at Nova Southeastern; Feb. 6 — Lynn; Feb. 10 — at Saint Leo; Feb. 13 — at Rollins; Feb. 17 — Eckerd; Feb. 20 — at Barry; Feb. 24 — Florida Southern; Feb. 27 — Palm Beach Atlantic; March 3-7 — SSC Tournament

Tampa Spartans men's basketball season preview at a glance 11/07/09 [Last modified: Saturday, November 7, 2009 8:38pm]
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