Oct. 31, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's basketball team will open its exhibition play this Thursday, Nov. 1, when it hosts St. Catharine's College. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT from Reed Green Coliseum.
Southern Miss is 34-6 all-time in exhibition games, and has won the last 12. It will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
The 2012-13 edition of the Southern Miss basketball team returns just two starters and four letterwinners from last year's squad that went 25-9 and made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Heading the list of returnees is junior guard Neil Watson. Watson will run the point for the Eagles after spending most of last year coming off the bench. The Kansas City, Kan. native was named Preseason All-Conference USA, and is the league's reigning Newcomer and Sixth Man of the Year. Watson was the team's leading scorer last year, averaging 12.3 points and 4.4 assists. He was also second in Conference USA with an 84.3 free throw percentage.
Senior forward Jonathan Mills returns after being named Third Team All-Conference USA and earning All-Defensive Team honors. Mills averaged 9.5 points and led the Golden Eagles with 6.1 rebounds. Senior Rashard McGill will see action on the wing as well as a forward. McGill averaged 2.6 points 2.9 rebounds. Junior Cedric Jenkins also returns to the squad. Jenkins started five games, averaging 2.6 points and 2.0 rebounds.
Eight newcomers will don the black and gold for the first time this year. Junior college transfers Dwayne Davis (Philadelphia, Pa.,/Midland CC), who sat out last year as a non-qualifier, Daveon Boardingham (Newark, N.J./Seward County CC), Michael Craig (Phoenix, Ariz./South Mountain CC) and Jerrold Brooks (Rochester, N.Y./Casper College). They will be joined by freshmen Deon Edwin (British Virgin Islands/Red Lion Christian Academy), Norville Carey (British Virgin Islands/Red Lion Christian Academy) and Christian Robbins (Foxworth, Miss.), who redshirted last year and walk-on Jamie Chapman (Mobile, Ala./St. Paul's Episcopal). Transfers Chip Armelin (Sulphur, La./Minnesota), Aaron Brown (Hackensack, N.J./Temple) and Johnny Zuppardo (Metarie, La./Arkansas State) must sit out this season due to NCAA Transfer rules.
Head coach Donnie Tyndall enters his first season at the helm of the Southern Miss men's basketball program. He has compiled a 114-85 (.573) record in six years as a head coach.