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Return to the 2006-07 Top 144 Preview

June 20th, 2006

By Joel Welser

Broadcast Basketball

 

 

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

Overall Rank: #141

Conference Rank: #3 Big South

 

2005-06: 20-10, 12-4, 2nd (t)

2005-06 postseason: none

 

Coach Buzz Peterson turned a 9-19 Coastal Carolina team into a 20-10 squad.  The Chanticleers are looking to take the next step this year and make their first NCAA Tournament since 1993.  With the return of Jack Leasure, who led the team with 17.8 points per game, the Chanticleers have a chance of repeating last year’s success, despite the other major backcourt losses.

 

Who’s Out: Pele Paelay and Colin Stevens have run out of eligibility.  Paelay wrapped up a tremendous career in Conway, SC averaging 14.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists as a senior.  Stevens, who started 14 contests last year, added 6.3 points and 2.5 assists.  Seldom used Noah Nichols and Marcus White have opted to transfer from the program.

 

Who’s In: The Chanticleers could use another big man, but Randon Cavette is the only forward making this list.  The 6-5 Kentucky native is undersized for a power forward, yet he’ll battle inside with anybody and be effective at it.  Cavette isn’t just a fighter under the basket; he has decent hands and can pass from within the perimeter.  Point guard Josh Mack, who was voted onto the Kentucky’s All-State team, has room for potential but fellow newcomers Everage Richardson and Phil Wallace have a better shot at seeing major minutes this year.   Richardson, a transfer from Sullivan County Community College in New York, is a great scorer, shooting 60% from the floor last year and 50% behind the arc.  Wallace is expected to take over part of Paelay’s role and definitely has the ability to at least pick up the slack in the rebounding category.  Logan Johnson, a 6-4 wing, redshirted last season and will add more depth to the perimeter.

 

Who to Watch: It is Leasure’s team, but it is the forwards that need to step up and compliment Leasure’s game.  Senior Moses Sonko has the experience.  Sonko started all 30 games last year averaging 11.7 points and 5.5 boards.  Joseph Harris has the potential for a breakout season.  As a freshman, the 6-5 forward started 20 contests, averaging 5.4 points and a team high 5.8 rebounds.  With a spot in the starting lineup all but certain, Harris is poised for a big season.  Fellow frontcourters Chad Ferguson, Matt Brennan and Adrian Gross have starting experience and will battle for a starting gig.

 

Final Projection: Last year CCU went with three guards.  That is less likely this season with the guard spots lacking some experience, yet there are plenty of options.  Mario Sisnni and Steven Sexton had solid freshmen campaigns and will need to continue to improve.  The problem is the big guys aren’t that big with the forwards stacking up at 6-4, 6-5 and 6-7 in the projected starting lineup.  And the recruiting class didn’t bring any help in that department.  As always it will be tough at the top of the Big South.  Coastal Carolina will be up there, but fall a little short.  To leave on a high note, CCU is my early #1 in the Big South for 2007-2008.

 

Projected Post-season Tournament: none

 

Projected Starting Five:

Mario Sisinni, Sophomore, Guard, 2.3 points per game

Jack Leasure, Junior, Guard, 17.8 points per game

Joseph Harris, Sophomore, Forward, 5.4 points per game

Moses Sonko, Senior, Forward, 11.7 points per game

Chad Ferguson, Junior, Forward, 3.5 points per game

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