SHEPHERDSTOWN – The Shepherd men’s basketball team will be pretty cool when the Rams open the season tonight.
Between the freshman and sophomore classes, there are nine players on the 14-player roster as Shepherd begins a season after being called off by the coronavirus pandemic last winter.
Shepherd will play his second season in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. The Rams were 14-15 in their debut season in 2019-20.
The Rams face Fayetteville State at 7 p.m. today in the Dave Russell Conference Challenge at the Butcher Center. In Game 1, Mercyhurst, another PSAC member, faces Bowie State, who played an exhibition game last week in Marquette.
Shepherd was selected to finish sixth in the PSAC East Division.
âOn paper, we have six freshmen,â Namolik said. âWe are young and don’t have a lot of experience.
âWe have a lot of potential. “
And room for growth.
Top scorer Thomas Lang left after winning the first team in all conferences.
Despite the youth of the team, there is initial experience throughout the training.
Seniors Kyle Daggett and Noah Wimbush provide experience on the front court.
The 6-foot-6 Daggett averaged 11.5 points per game and Wimbush, a 6-5 forward, averaged 2.4 points.
Senior goaltender Cam Stephens averaged 3.9 points in 2021, while Shepherd’s fourth senior James Moore is in his first season.
Junior Jon Preston is a returning starter after averaging 11.4 points and 6.7 rebounds the last time the Rams played. Sophomore Daniel McClain-Corley is a returning starter averaging 8.4 points per game.
Among other returnees, sophomore Phillip Jordan led the Rams in aid.
Namolik is eagerly awaiting the Division I game which transfers Jordan Gibson from the Presbyterian. Her half-sister Kayla Tibbs played for the women’s team from 2015 to 2019.
Brendan Doleman, another historic player, graduated from Musselman. His father Scott Bradford-Doleman played several sports at Shepherd.
Another notable freshman is Morgantown graduate Carson Poffenberger, an All-State first-team player in the spring.