HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team will open its exhibition play this Tuesday, Oct. 29, when it hosts Slippery Rock. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT from Reed Green Coliseum. Admission for all fans is free.
Southern Miss is 36-6 all-time in exhibition games, and has won the last 14. It will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
The 2013-14 edition of the Southern Miss basketball team returns three starters and six letterwinners from last year's squad that went 27-10 and made it to the NIT Quarterfinals.
Heading the list of returnees is senior guard Neil Watson. Watson will run the point for the Eagles. He was named one of Conference USA's Preseason Players to Watch. He was third on the team with 9.8 points, while ranking fourth in Conference USA in assists (4.9), steals (1.8) and three-point field goal percentage (.442). He also ranked eighth in free throw percentage (.796).
Senior guard Jerrold Brooks is the team's leading returning scorer, averaging 10.9 points last year. Senior Michael Craig is the leading returning rebounder, averaging 5.1 boards while also adding 9.0 points. He is returning from an injured foot which caused him to miss the final 13 games last year. Senior Daveon Boardingham had 8.6 points and 4.0 rebounds last year. Sophomores Norville Carey and Jamie Chapman are also returning
Eight newcomers will don the black and gold for the first time this year, as head coach Donnie Tyndall has restocked this year's team with new faces, including three junior college transfers, two transfers and three freshmen. Included are junior college transfers Jeremiah Eason (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.,/College of Central Florida), Ude Ifeanyichukwu (Abuja, Nigeria/Laramie CC) and Deonte Houston (Bronx, N.Y./Olney Central CC). They will be joined by transfers Chip Armelin (Sulphur, La./Minnesota) and Aaron Brown (Hackensack, N.J./Temple), who sat out last season due to NCAA Transfer rules. Freshmen Matt Bingaya (Delaware, Ohio/Delaware Hayes HS) and Davon Hayes (Portsmouth, Va./Mont Clare Academy), who sat out last year as a non-qualifier, and true freshman Michael Reid (Queens, N.Y./Shabazz HS) also joins the team.
Head coach Donnie Tyndall enters his second season at the helm of the Southern Miss men's basketball program. He has compiled a 27-10 (.730) record at Southern Miss and is 141-95 (.597) record in seven years as a head coach.