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Return to the 2006-07 Top 144 Preview

July 10th, 2006

By Joel Welser

Broadcast Basketball


Oral Roberts Golden Eagles

Overall Rank: #125

Conference Rank: #2 Mid-Con


2005-06: 21-12, 13-3, 1st (t)

2005-06 postseason: NCAA


The turnover is huge at Oral Roberts, but the important names are the two big-time players that are returning.  With Caleb Green and Ken Tutt on the floor, Coach Scott Sutton could have me running the point and we’d manage to win a few Mid-Con games.  Fortunately, the long list of newcomers are considerably more talented than myself and ORU will do more than just win a few games.


Who’s Out: Bear with me, this is quite the list.  Larry Owens was the do everything, high scoring wing, Jonathan Bluitt the steady, efficient point guard, Mickey Michalec the big starting center, Chris Riouse the hot shooting sixth man, Eric Fowlkes the back-up wing and even Andrew Meloy averaged over eight minutes per contest. 


Who’s In: This list will make ORU bigger in the backcourt and smaller in the frontcourt, and possibly a little thin in the paint as well.  With all the perimeter loses due to graduation, the ORU staff picked up a nice group to replace them.  Adam Liberty, a transfer from Wichita State, will be eligible this season and should fill in immediately at the point.  Two years ago, Liberty started all 32 games for the Shockers, averaging 2.4 points and 2.9 assists.  Jeremy Hazell and Kelvin Sango are expected to make an impact on the wings this season.  Hazell, a 6-3 shooting guard, has a great outside shot and is athletic enough to drive the lane.  Sango, who played at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M last season, averaged 14.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per contest during his only season in action at the junior college level.  Sango, although shorter, is a do everything athletic wing in a similar mold of the departing Owens.  Justin Robinson, Dominique Gaines and redshirt freshman Daren Jordan will add more depth the backcourt.  The frontcourt could have used another body, but the two newcomers ORU have coming in are very talented.  Shawn King, a junior college transfer, will battle for a starting job.  The 6-10 center is a solid finisher and has the experience necessary to step in and play immediately.  Sylvester Spicer needed a redshirt season last year to develop his game due to his limited basketball experience, but this year he will be ready to contribute.  Spicer is a tough, athletic power forward who Coach Sutton will need to fill in holes up front.


Who to Watch: Green will be a 20 and 10 guy and Tutt will continue to break down defenses from the perimeter, yet there is some other talent returning and a good season from Moses Ehambe, Yemi Ogunoye or Marchello Vealy will greatly improve ORU’s chances at returning to the NCAA Tournament.  Ehambe is a hot shooting wing with a fair share of athleticism as well.  Ogunoye started 17 games last season, but only averaged 2.8 points and 2.8 rebounds.  Vealy, a sophomore, is a versatile wing who is too talented to leave on the bench too long. 


Final Projection: It might take a little while for these guys to learn everybody’s name, yet by March we will be looking at an experienced, deep squad that Mid-Con teams won’t want to see on their half of the bracket.  Another trip to the NCAAs won’t be surprising, but we are predicting a close second place finish. 


Projected Post-season Tournament: none


Projected Starting Five:

Adam Liberty, Junior, Guard, DNP last season

Ken Tutt, Senior, Guard, 14.2 points per game

Yemi Ogunoye, Junior, Guard, 2.8 points per game

Caleb Green, Senior, Forward, 20.8 points per game

Shawn King, Junior, Center, DNP last season

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