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2016-17 Men’s Basketball Season Preview

NEW PLAYERS

Jontray Harris | Guard | RS-So.
Kellen Manek | Forward | Fr.
Dezmond McDaniel | Guard | Fr.
Chris Miller | Forward | Fr. *
Emmanuel Nzekwesi | Forward | Fr.**
R.J. Smith | Guard | Fr.
Spencer Sutton | Guard | Fr.

*Missed 2015-2016 season due to ineligibility 
**Missed 2015-2016 after red-shirting second half of season

RETURNING PLAYERS

Aaron Anderson | Guard | RS-Sr.
Jalen Bradley | Guard | Sr.
Isaac Gilliam | Guard | Sr.
Darian Harris | Guard | RS-Jr.
Kris Martin | Guard | So.
Albert Owens | Center | Jr.
Javan White | Forward | So.
Aaron Young | Guard | Sr.

PLAYERS’ CORNER

Aaron “Deuce” Anderson on the greatest strength and weakness of this year’s team:

“Our biggest strength is scoring the basketball. It’s not really a problem for us. But as a weakness, having the attitude of scoring the basketball and then changing that mindset to getting stops on defense is something that we need to turn the notch up on.”

THOUGHTS FROM COACH SUTTON

“I think you’ll see a team that’s very balanced, a team that probably won’t have a superstar. It’ll be more of a true team that will share the ball and on any given night, someone else may lead in scoring. That’s why I’m excited about this team and that’s why I think this team will be a lot better than what people are expecting.”

“I’ll be extremely disappointed if we don’t finish somewhere in the top 3 [of the Summit League]. I don’t think this is a sixth place team.”

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Emmanuel Nzekwesi

He came to ORU in January and red-shirted the remainder of the season. The freshman originally from the Netherlands averaged 19.4 points and 11.3 rebounds per game while in high school. He was named the 21st best high school player in the state of Texas his senior year.

Nzekwesi posted 22 points and eight rebounds in a scrimmage against Wichita State last weekend.

Chris Miller

The 6-foot-8 forward sat out the 2015-2016 season. He averaged 20 points and 13 rebounds at Booker T. Washington High School and was named an Oklahoma All-Star and All-State MVP.

Head Coach Scott Sutton says the Tulsa native is one part of the four man group whom he believes are the strongest players on the team due to Miller’s athletic abilities and build.