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August 1st, 2006

By Joel Welser

Broadcast Basketball


Kent State Golden Flashes


Overall Rank: #102

Conference Rank: #4 MAC


2005-06: 25-9, 15-3, 1st East

2005-06 postseason: NCAA


Nine of the ten players who saw any action last year for Kent State played at least 12 minutes per game.  Thus, despite losing four of those players, the Flashes have plenty of experienced options to take over.  The roster doesn’t sound intimidating, but Coach Jim Christian always has his team ready to battle for a MAC title. 


Who’s Out: Jay Youngblood and DeAndre Haynes saw most of the minutes in the backcourt last season.  The seniors combined for 27.6 points and 6.1 assists per outing.  The frontcourt loses a couple quality players as well in Kevin Warzynski and Nate Gerwig.  Warzynski averaged 10.5 points and a team high 5.1 rebounds, while Gerwig tacked on 6.4 points and 3.9 boards in 22 starts.


Who’s In: Even without the newcomers, the Flashes have a quality starting five.  However, there is some talent coming in and KSU will need them to provide some depth.  Haminn Quaintance won’t be coming off the bench though.  The 6-7 power forward averaged 13.6 points and 8.9 rebounds for Jacksonville two years ago before opting to transfer to Kent State.  The former A-Sun rookie of the year and two time first-team all-conference player will be one of the most athletic players in the MAC and keeps this squad towards the top of the conference.  At 6-11 and reportedly impressive during his redshirt season, center Brandon Parks could make a big splash up front for Kent State.  Chris Singletary isn’t officially a member of the team yet, but assuming he makes it to campus, the 6-4 point guard is a great pickup for Coach Christian.  Singletary will get his chance this season and should be one of the best in the MAC in a few years.  Fellow incoming freshman point guard Rodriguez Sherman will provide some depth at the position and Mike McKee and Thurman Sutton will help out on the wings.  Sutton, a transfer from Los Angeles Harbor Community College, is an athletic slasher and, with his experience, is expected to contribute right away.


Who to Watch: Despite starting 13 games as a freshman, Jordan Mincy doesn’t have the experience one would like to see from a point guard.  Mincy averaged 1.7 points and 1.4 assists last year, but will see an increase in numbers with a drastic increase in playing time.  Mincy has some help if things go bad in the backcourt.  Omni Smith was the super sub last year and should find himself in a starting role this season.  The juco transfer averaged 8.1 points during his first season in Kent and should increase his scoring production for his senior campaign, especially if he can knock down the three-ball with a little more consistency.  Armon Gates, the senior leader, averaged 6.9 points and 2.3 rebounds last year and will be looked upon to provide the backcourt leadership.


Final Projection: With Quaintance on the squad, the frontcourt won’t have many problems.  Mike Scott and Isaac Knight will cover the other starting spot and provide the depth in the paint.  Scott can handle either forward spot and step out to hit the long ball.  Knight averaged 4.1 points and 3.5 boards as a freshman and the 6-7 forward is expecting bigger things this season.


Projected Post-season Tournament: none


Projected Starting Five:

Jordan Mincy, Sophomore, Guard, 1.7 points per game

Armon Gates, Senior, Guard, 6.9 points per game

Omni Smith, Senior, Guard, 8.1 points per game

Mike Scott, Junior, Forward, 7.0 points per game

Haminn Quaintance, Junior, Forward, DNP last season

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