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Return to the 2006-07 Top 144 Preview

June 19th, 2006

By Joel Welser

Broadcast Basketball



Ohio Bobcats

Overall Rank: #142

Conference Rank: #5 MAC


2005-06: 19-11, 11-8, 4th East

2005-06 postseason: none


After heading into last season with extremely high expectations, Ohio fizzled to an 11-8 finish in the conference.  It wasn’t a bad season by any means, but the talent was there for a big season.  The talent is still there, and with smaller expectations, Tim O’Shea’s squad will be looking to make it back to the postseason.


Who’s Out: Jeremy Fears put up decent numbers, and was a big part of Ohio’s NCAA run two years ago, but this could end up to be one of those cases of addition by subtraction.  Fears averaged 9.6 points and 4.2 assists in 19 games last season before opting to transfer.  Returning point guard Antonio Chatman took over after Fears left last year and won’t have any problem running the show.  Fellow guard Mychal Green led the team with 12.7 points, leaving the go-to-scorer job available in the backcourt.  Jeff Halbert never put up huge numbers, but the 6-5 forward started 25 games a year ago and wasn’t afraid of doing the dirty work.  Seldom used Cliff McGowen and Seth Bauman have also run out of eligibility.


Who’s In: Adam Walther left Akron after eight games last season and transferred to in-state conference rival Ohio. Bold move, but with a nickname like Bubba, it can be done.  Walther is a solid shooting guard, averaging 8.8 points as a freshman two years ago, and he should be a helpful influence on the Bobcat backcourt after he sits out a few games for transferring.  Asown Sayles averaged 16.3 points and 9.5 boards as a high school senior.  The 6-5 small forward spent last year at the famed Hargrave Military Academy and will get the opportunity to show his stuff off the bench this year.


Who to Watch: Remember when Fears and Leon Williams dominated the MAC, or at least the MAC Tournament, as freshmen?  Fears may be gone, but the big guy still remains and is as dominate as ever.  As a sophomore last year, Williams averaged 11.0 points and 6.9 rebounds.  Williams isn’t the only forward that can do damage.  Sonny Troutman averaged 8.8 points and started all 30 games, Jerome Tillman showed flashes of brilliance as a freshman and former Boston College transfer Johnnie Jackson is hoping to have a breakout season for Ohio. 


Final Projection: There are some major replacements to be made on the perimeter with the absence of Fears and Green.  Chatman and Walther, along with last year’s sixth man Whitney Davis are solid replacements, but the group might have trouble putting up similar numbers.  However, the numbers won’t be as important as the team cohesion. 


Projected Post-season Tournament: none


Projected Starting Five:

Antonio Chatman, Junior, Guard, 5.1 points per game

Adam Walther, Sophomore, Guard, DNP last season

Sonny Troutman, Senior, Forward, 8.8 points per game

Jerome Tillman, Sophomore, Forward, 6.7 points per game

Leon Williams, Junior, Forward, 11.0 points per game

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