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Return to the 2006-07 Top 144 Preview

September 18th, 2006

By Joel Welser

Broadcast Basketball

 

Drexel Dragons

 

Overall Rank: #55

Conference Rank: #2 Colonial

 

2005-06: 15-16, 8-10, 7th (t)

2005-06 postseason: none

 

Drexel started the season with some national recognition by playing Duke and UCLA close at Madison Square Garden.  The good times continued into January, but inconsistency held the Dragons back during the final two months of the season.  With all but one player returning, Coach James “Bruiser” Flint hopes the good times last well into March this season.

 

Who’s Out: Kenell Sanchez averaged 9.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists during his senior campaign.  The wing was one of only two players to start all 31 contests, but with all the talent returning, Dragon fans aren’t worried about replacing his production.  Guard Randy Hampton is leaving the program after averaging 2.1 points and 1.8 rebounds during the 2005-2006 campaign.

 

Who’s In: Drexel could use some shooters on the wing to help replace Sanchez and Lance Feurtado and Rob Hampton will get the opportunity.  Feurtado has a decent stroke and will add to the already great defense of the Dragons.  Hampton has some work to do on his outside shot, but the 6-4 Middle Village, New York product can get to the basket and finish.  Up front, Kenny Tribbett and Yannick Formbor will look to add some quality depth.  Tribbett, a redshirt freshman, has nice size at 6-9 and 240 pounds.  He has decent post moves and can fill some minutes if the frontcourt runs into injury or foul problems.  Formbor will have some time to develop his game with all the talent ahead of him.  At Saint Patrick High School in New Jersey, the Cameroonian averaged 10 points, 12 rebounds and two rebounds as a senior.

 

Who to Watch: The senior leadership of the backcourt will be what catapults the Dragons towards the top of the conference.  Dominick Mejia averaged 15.3 points per game last year and will take all the big shots for Drexel.  Mejia drained a school record 92 long balls last year and that record won’t be safe in 2006-2007.  Not only is Bashir Mason a solid ballhandler, but his defense will cause another year of sleepless nights for opposing coaches.  Scott Rodgers spent his freshman campaign coming off the bench, but showed enough promise to battle for a starting job as a sophomore.

 

Final Projection: Chaz Crawford and Frank Elegar deserve their fair share of recognition as well.  Crawford, the conference’s leading returning rebounder, averaged 6.4 points, 7.6 boards and 2.8 blocks as a junior.  Mostly due to consistent foul trouble, the 6-10 forward was only able to start 11 games last year and Crawford needs to stay on the floor if the Dragons hope to win consistently.  Elegar, a 6-8 center, is the main scoring threat in the paint and averaged 11.1 points as a sophomore.  The frontcourt has plenty of depth with returning starter Randy Oveneke and roleplayer Matt Stevenson.  Drexel had problems losing close games once it came to conference play.  With so many players returning, the Dragons should manage to win a few of those games this year and that will be enough to reach the NIT. 

 

Projected Post-season Tournament: NIT

 

Projected Starting Five:

Bashir Mason, Senior, Guard, 11.3 points per game

Scott Rodgers, Sophomore, Guard, 2.7 points per game

Dominick Mejia, Senior, Guard, 15.3 points per game

Chaz Crawford, Senior, Forward, 6.4 points per game

Frank Elger, Junior, Center, 11.1 points per game

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