2012-2013 Season Preview: Arkansas State

Filed under Season Preview on November 8th, 2012
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The 2012-2013 season opens for Arkansas State basketball with a game against Dayton on November 10 in Dayton. When they take the floor, the Red Wolves will be looking to match or perhaps beat their 2011-2012 campaign. They lose 26% of last season's player minutes and add the contributions of six incoming freshmen.

Arkansas State will see the largest deficiency on defense, where the team lost 43.5% of their shot blocking. That's followed by rebounding, where they drop 28.6% from last season.

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Arkansas State played to a final overall record of 12-19 last season and placed 9th in the Sun Belt West with a conference record of 6-10. In the postseason, the Red Wolves were booted from the Sun Belt tournament by North Texas, 76-72. Arkansas State will feel the loss of last year's senior Malcoln Kirkland (31 minutes per game). The Red Wolves will also have to live without Adam Sterrenberg (12 MPG), Bryce Clark (7 MPG), Johnny Zuppardo (transferred to Southern Miss), and Kinley Ogbonnaya-Branch (6 MPG).

The Red Wolves retain junior Brandon Peterson (9.2 points/game), senior Trey Finn (11.6 points/game), senior Marcus Hooten (12.5 points/game), junior Edward Townsel (3.0 assists/game), and freshman Rakeem Dickerson (1.5 assists/game).

The Red Wolves recruited incoming freshmen including 6-0 Rakeem Dickerson, 6-0 Cameron Golden, 6-0 Josh Pierre, 6-9 Kelvin Downs, 6-5 Raeford Worsham, and 6-7 Kristopher Brown. The team also picks up 6-7 junior Kendrick Washington (transferred from Houston), 6-3 sophomore Jordan Weaver, 6-10 senior Kirk Van Slyke (transferred from Houston), 6-6 senior Melvin Johnson III (transferred from Texas-San Antonio), and 6-8 junior Seth Kisler. The first Sun Belt game for Arkansas State is at Florida International on November 29th.

Season Preview Notes:
  • Since 2002, Arkansas State has an overall winning percentage of 48.1%.
  • The Red Wolves have an average conference finish of 5.2 over the last 5 seasons. Over the past 16 the team has an average finish of 4.0.
  • The average final RPI (last year) of opponents on this year's schedule is 188.7.
  • This year's opponent with the highest RPI from last year is Murray State (#23).
  • This year's opponent with the lowest RPI from last year is Tennessee-Martin (#326).

Tags: Malcoln Kirkland, Adam Sterrenberg, Bryce Clark, Johnny Zuppardo, Kinley Ogbonnaya-Branch, Brandon Peterson, Trey Finn, Marcus Hooten, Ed Townsel, Rakeem Dickerson, Cameron Golden, Josh Pierre, Kelvin Downs, Raeford Worsham, Kristopher Brown, Kendrick Washington, Jordan Weaver, Kirk Van Slyke, Melvin Johnson III, Seth Kisler

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Sun Belt Standings

OverallConf
1 Georgia State 25-9 17-1
2 WKU 20-12 12-6
3 Louisiana 23-12 11-7
 4Arkansas State 19-13 10-8
5 Texas-Arlington 15-17 9-9
5 UALR 15-17 9-9
7 ULM 10-17 7-11
8 Troy 11-20 6-12
9 South Alabama 11-20 5-13
10 Texas State 8-23 4-14
Last updated: Apr 10th, 2014

2013-2014 Roster

#1 R. Dickerson Jr G 6-0 178
#14 Kelvin Downs So F 6-9 221
#12 Sean Gardner Jr G 6-5 174
#0 Cameron Golden So G 6-0 157
#5 P.J. Hardwick So G 5-10 162
#31 M. Johnson III Sr G 6-6 168
#34 Seth Kisler Jr F 6-8 208
#4 Josh Pierre So G 6-0 184
#3 Brandon Reed Sr G 6-4 182
#23 J. Sturdivant Fr G 6-0 187
#24 Ed Townsel Sr G 6-0 171
#20 Kirk Van Slyke Sr F 6-10 228
#40 K. Washington Sr F 6-7 256
#35 Raeford Worsham So F 6-5 190