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Return to the 2006-07 Top 144 Preview

August 30th, 2006

By Joel Welser

Broadcast Basketball

 

Miami Ohio Redhawks

Overall Rank: #73

Conference Rank: #2 MAC

 

2005-06: 18-11, 14-4, 2nd East (t)

2005-06 postseason: NIT

 

It seems like every year Miami of Ohio loses a great player or two and everybody gets worried.  Then Coach Charlie Coles pulls his troops together and pushes for a 20 win season.  Unfortunately, that hasn’t resulted in success in the MAC Tournament since the Hawks haven’t been dancing since 1999.  There might not be enough depth for Miami to end the NCAA drought this year, but the NIT is easily within reach.

 

Who’s Out: This time around the big loss is William Hatcher.  The 6-2 guard led the team with 14.3 points and 4.3 assists during his senior campaign.  After being hindered early in the year by injuries, fellow guard Josh Hausfeld had a productive final season in Oxford and earned 16 starts.  Nate VanderSluis wasn’t a dominant big man, but averaged 4.5 points and 3.9 rebounds in 28 starts.  Seldom used guards Chad Troyer and Lawrence Ross have opted to transfer.

 

Who’s In: Carl Richburg has some expectations placed on him.  The 5-9 point guard redshirted last season after playing one year at Southern Indiana.  He’s quick, a good distributor and a fine scorer, but when the pressure is on it remains to be seen how well Richburg will react.  Redshirt freshman Adam Fletcher will provide some depth at the center spot.  Three incoming freshmen will battle for minutes on the perimeter.  Alex Moosman scored 23.4 points per game as a senior in high school, but it is his point guard skills that will allow him to see plenty of minutes this year.  At 6-4 and 210 pounds, Antonio Ballard has the versatility to play at the shooting guard spot or either forward position and is expected to contribute right away.  It may take a little while for Steve Pogue to find his spot on the team.  Pogue has plenty of potential and, at 6-5, adds another big guard to dominate the perimeter in the near future. 

 

Who to Watch: It’s usually the guards that dominate the MAC, but the RedHawks have a trio of forwards that will be the team leaders.  Tim Pollitz, a 6-6 junior, averaged 12.7 points and 5.7 boards last year and could end up to be the next big star in Oxford.  Nathan Peavy tacked on 11.2 points and a team high 6.9 rebounds during the 2005-2006 campaign and will be the senior leader of the frontcourt.  Michael Bramos saw most of his action off of the bench as a freshman, but showed plenty of promise and potential and will be ready to battle for a consistent starting role this year.  Add an experienced senior center into the mix like Monty St. Clair, and Miami has the deepest frontcourt in the conference.

 

Final Projection: It is hoped that Doug Penno can continue the string of successful guards at Millett Hall.  Penno, who started 15 games last season, has a decent outside shot and has developed into a solid team leader.  The 6-5 shooting guard will be given the opportunity to put up huge numbers during his senior campaign.  The questions lie in the backcourt and the overall depth doesn’t have much experience.  However, once the MAC season gets underway, the newcomers should have enough experience to get Miami towards the top of the conference.  Having that success last into March is yet to be seen.

 

Projected Post-season Tournament: NIT

 

Projected Starting Five:

Carl Richburg, Sophomore, Guard, DNP last season

Doug Penno, Senior, Guard, 5.1 points per game

Michael Bramos, Sophomore, Forward, 5.3 points per game

Tim Pollitz, Junior, Forward, 12.7 points per game

Nathan Peavy, Senior, Forward, 11.2 points per game

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