2012-2013 Season Preview: Navy

Filed under Season Preview on November 8th, 2012
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Navy will play their first game of the 2012-2013 season in Annapolis on November 9 against Marymount. From that first game, the Midshipmen will attempt to match last season's run. They will be replacing 46% of last season's minutes with the expected contributions of seven incoming freshmen.

Navy will see the largest deficiency on offense, where the team lost 56.6% of their three-point shooting. Equally as concerning is scoring, where they also lost a big 52% of last year's output.

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Navy finished with a final overall record of 3-25 last season and were dead last in the Patriot with a conference record of 0-14. The Midshipmen lost to Bucknell 87-63 in the Patriot tournament. Navy will feel the loss of last year's seniors Jordan Sugars (31 minutes per game), Carlton Smith (9 MPG), and Ted Connolly (7 MPG). The Midshipmen must also do without several players, including J.J. Avila (33 MPG), Jordan Brickman (23 MPG), Tre McNeil (10 MPG), Chall Montgomery (5 MPG), and Jacob Liebert (3 MPG), who left the team.

Returning for the Midshipmen are sophomore Worth Smith (6.8 points/game), junior Isaiah Roberts (7.1 points/game), junior James Loupos (2.4 points/game), junior Brennan Wyatt (1.2 assists/game), and junior Thurgood Wynn (4.2 points/game).

Freshmen joining the Midshipmen include 6-9 Will Kelly, 6-3 Kendall Knorr, 5-10 Tilman Dunbar, 6-4 Ryan Spadaford, 6-5 Phil Guglielmo, and 6-3 Richard Kuzma. Also coming aboard is 5-10 sophomore Earl McLaurin. The first Patriot game for Navy will be on January 12th at Lafayette.

Season Preview Notes:
  • Since 2002, Navy has an overall winning percentage of 36.9%. The Midshipmen have been improving over the last 5 years with an overall winning percentage of 41.3%.
  • The Midshipmen have an average conference finish of 4.2 over the last 5 seasons. Over the past 16 the team has an average finish of 4.3.
  • The average final RPI (last year) of opponents on this year's schedule is 212.8.
  • This year's opponent with the highest RPI from last year is Bucknell (#87).
  • This year's opponent with the lowest RPI from last year is Binghamton (#344).

Tags: Jordan Sugars, Carlton Smith, Ted Connolly, J.J. Avila, Jordan Brickman, Tre McNeil, Chall Montgomery, Jacob Liebert, Worth Smith, Isaiah Roberts, James Loupos, Brennan Wyatt, Thurgood Wynn, Will Kelly, Kendall Knorr, Tilman Dunbar, Ryan Spadaford, Phil Guglielmo, Richard Kuzma, Jerome Alexander, Earl McLaurin

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Patriot Standings

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1 BU 24-11 15-3
2 AU 20-13 13-5
3 Holy Cross 20-14 12-6
4 Bucknell 16-14 11-7
5 Army 15-16 10-8
6 Lehigh 14-18 7-11
7 Colgate 13-18 6-12
7 Loyola (MD) 11-19 6-12
7 Lafayette 11-20 6-12
 10Navy 9-21 4-14
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2013-2014 Roster

#35 Tim Abruzzo Fr G 6-3 175
#55 Edward Alade Fr F/C 6-9 216
#44 J. Alexander So F 6-6 204
#5 Kevin Alter Jr G 5-6 147
#15 Payne Andrus Fr G 5-11 165
#25 Michael Brown Fr G 6-4 206
#10 Tilman Dunbar So G 5-10 155
#31 Enouma Ebinum Fr F 6-9 210
#12 Zach Fong Fr G 5-11 152
#24 Phil Guglielmo So G 6-5 181
#32 James Hemphill Fr F 6-6 200
#0 Will Kelly So F/C 6-9 226
#1 Kendall Knorr So G 6-3 197
#3 James Loupos Sr F 6-6 206
#14 Earl McLaurin Jr G 5-10 173
#34 Kyle Quintana Fr G 5-11 187
#21 Worth Smith Jr F 6-6 202
#33 B. Venturini Jr G 6-0 184
#22 Grant Vermeer Fr G 6-2 192
#11 Thurgood Wynn Sr G 6-3 182