Southern Miss basketball set to tip off - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Southern Miss basketball set to tip off

Photo credit: WDAM Photo credit: WDAM
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

After two years under a dark and program-diminishing cloud of NCAA charges and self-imposed punishments, a new era has dawned for the University of Southern Mississippi men’s basketball team.

For the first time in three years, USM is eligible for post-season play, from the Conference USA Tournament and beyond, and the Golden Eagles are hoping to take full advantage.

“This is the first year that we’re going to be able to play in postseason play, and I know our guys are excited about that,” third-year USM coach Doc Sadler said. “I’m excited about it. Not that you didn’t have something to play for (before), but everybody wants to play for a championship, and now we have that opportunity, and I know we’re all looking forward to it.”

The Golden Eagles will usher in the new season at 7 p.m. Thursday at Green Coliseum, when they host Mississippi College in the first of two exhibition games.

USM will welcome William Carey University at 7 p.m. on Nov. 7 for the second exhibition before officially tipping off the season at 7 p.m. on Nov. 11 against visiting Tougaloo.

The Golden Eagles finished 8-21 last season, including 5-13 in C-USA play.

USM returns four of its top five leading scorers, though starting senior point guard Khari Price will be sidelined for an unknown period of time after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his knee three weeks ago.

But Sadler said the team will lean on its three other seniors, guard Michael Ramey, swingman Quinton Campbell and forward Raheem Watts, for leadership and production.

“I don’t have any idea about how many games we’re going to win, but as with most teams, the success that we have is going to have a lot to do with the success that those four guys (including Price) have,” Sadler said.

The Golden Eagles also welcome back forward Tim Rowe and guards Robert Thomas III and Cortez Edwards.

Guard Kevin Holland returns after missing 2015-16 with an injury, and forward Eddie Davis III is back after two, injury-plagued years.

Guard Bilal Abdur-Rahim, a transfer from Colby (Kansas) Community College, is expected to be an early contributor among the newcomers.

Two other transfers, guard Tyree Griffin (Oklahoma State) and guard Dominic Magee (Grand Canyon) on the 17-man roster will practice this season, but have to sit this season.

The coaching staff will have a new look.

Chris Croft was named assistant coach after two years as director of basketball operations. First-year assistants include former USM great Clarence Weatherspoon and Marques Townsend.

Kyle Roane, who spent seven years on James Green’s staff at USM and has deep roots in the community after coaching stints at Jones County Junior College, Pearl River Community College, Petal High School and Forrest County Agricultural High School, joined Sadler’s staff as director of basketball operations.

About The WDAM 7 Gametime App:

The WDAM 7 Gametime app is bringing you the latest on Pine Belt sports.

The app features up to the minute scores for games, video highlights from local games, in-depth interviews with coaches, and updated schedules for your convenience.

Interact with us by sending us your pictures from local games or by joining us in conversation on social media.

You can also get the latest on Southern Miss football, Mississippi sports, SEC, NFL, and Saints coverage.

Download now, it is Gametime in South Mississippi!

Apple users can download The WDAM 7 Gametime app here

Android users can download The WDAM 7 Gametime app here.

Copyright 2016 WDAM. All rights reserved. 

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • RAW VIDEO: North Forrest v. Lumberton

    RAW VIDEO: North Forrest v. Lumberton

  • Lumberton outlasts North Forrest, 12-8

    Lumberton outlasts North Forrest, 12-8

    Saturday, August 19 2017 12:59 AM EDT2017-08-19 04:59:32 GMT
    Davion Edwards ran for 124 yards and a touchdown Friday night in Lumberton High School’s 12-8 victory over North Forrest High School in Eatonville. The junior scored ripped off a 41-yard run that set up his 9-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, as he scoried what turned out to be the game-winning points for the visiting Panthers. But Edwards’ biggest run was an 8-yard carry with less than 2 minutes left in the game and Lumberton facing a fourth-and-3 at the North Fo...More >>
    Davion Edwards ran for 124 yards and a touchdown Friday night in Lumberton High School’s 12-8 victory over North Forrest High School in Eatonville. The junior scored ripped off a 41-yard run that set up his 9-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, as he scoried what turned out to be the game-winning points for the visiting Panthers. But Edwards’ biggest run was an 8-yard carry with less than 2 minutes left in the game and Lumberton facing a fourth-and-3 at the North Fo...More >>
  • Jefferson Davis County wins first game in program history

    Jefferson Davis County wins first game in program history

Powered by Frankly