It’s almost that time. I’m excited for the start of the MBB season next week. Maybe we will get our first look at Musa Jallow if he is healthy enough to play. Monmouth should be a good test to start the season. We will look to even the series with Hawks as Monmouth won the only other previous meeting between the two teams in the 2007 Paradise Jam 58-56 in OT (Link). Many of us old heads remember this game very well. We can’t afford to have an opening night loss which would kill the buzz around the season and excitement created with the pending move to the AAC.
The Hawks have somewhat of a Tar Heel feel to them with the head Coach King Rice and one of the assistant coaches JR Reid being former Tar Heel players. The projected starting center also transferred from Chapel Hill.
The MAAC coaches picked Monmouth to finish 4th in the preseason poll with George Papas earning a pre-season first-team all conference selection.
Monmouth probable starting lineup
PG Shavar Reynolds 6’2” 7.7 pts 2.6 reb (Seton Hall)
G Marcus McClary 6’3” 7.0 pts 5.7 reb
SF George Papas 6’5” 12.4 pts 3.3 reb
PF Nikkei Rutty 6’8” 4.3 pts 5.1 reb
C Walker Miller 6’11” 0.6 pts 0.4 reb (UNC)
Charlotte Media Center (not updated yet)