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Return to the 2006-07 Top 144 Preview

June 21st, 2006

By Joel Welser

Broadcast Basketball



Coppin State Eagles

Overall Rank: #140

Conference Rank: #1 MEAC


2005-06: 12-18, 12-6, 2nd

2005-06 postseason: none


After winning the regular season title in 2004, Coppin State has remained towards the top of the MEAC standings, despite setbacks caused by transfers.  After a solid 12-6 season (donít bother looking at the brutal non-conference schedule) things looked promising for the Eagles to return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1997.  However, the departure of key big man Darryl Proctor leaves less certainty in the upcoming season.


Whoís Out: Proctor didnít just average 7.8 boards per game, he nearly tripled the rebounding production of any other forward on the roster.  That will cause a huge problem for the Eagles as they struggle to find somebody to replace Proctorís numbers.  Proctor wasnít flawed in the scoring department either, averaging 13.5 points per game.  Chuckie Ivey and Michael Creppy have also transferred, but they werenít expected to make much of a contribution this season in an already crowded backcourt.


Whoís In: Julian Conyers and Ethan Kennedy will add some depth to the frontcourt.  Conyers has the potential to make an immediate impact after spending some time at San Jose City College.  The 6-6, 185 pounder isnít noted for his post game, but has a solid jumper and is athletic enough to get to the glass.  Kennedy, who battled a knee injury during his prep career at Highland High School in New Mexico, could end up to be a nice pickup for the Eagles.  Donít expect a huge impression early in his career though.  Ruben Britt, a 6-2 guard, falls into the same category.  The perimeter is stacked and Britt will find tough goings in his search for playing time.


Who to Watch: Tywain McKee is the leader of the backcourt averaging 15.4 points per game last season, but he has some help with Darryl Roberts, Talmadge Bell, Antwan Harrison, Augustine Woodlin, West Otis and Mike Miller.  Out of necessity, donít be surprised if Coach Ron Mitchell has four of those guards on the floor at the same time when plausible, with Harrison sliding over to the four. 


Final Projection: The frontcourt does have some options.  Robert Pressey started 14 games last season averaging 3.7 points and 2.8 rebounds.  Brian Chesnut showed promise as a freshman, and at 6-7, has the height to compete in the MEAC.  Michael Norwood is ideally a wing, but will get minutes as a power forward.  Height isnít as much of a concern as rebounding.  Proctor was only 6-4 and his forward replacements will be taller.  Height or not, once given the chance, somebody has to pick up the slack on the glass. 


Projected Post-season Tournament: NCAA


Projected Starting Five:

Darryl Roberts, Junior, Guard, 10.3 points per game

Tywain McKee, Junior, Guard, 15.4 points per game

Talmadge Bell, Sophomore, Forward, 6.8 points per game

Brian Chesnut, Sophomore, Forward, 2.7 points per game

Robert Pressey, Junior, Forward, 3.7 points per game


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