DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College Men's Basketball team will finally be turned loose to wreak havoc on their opponents on Tuesday when they travel to Alvernia University to take on the Crusaders in the season opener for both teams.
The Wolverines will look to begin their season with the same momentum they finished last year with, winning seven of their final 11 regular season games to reach the postseason, including three straight wins to cap the regular season. Wesley loses Wayne Lennon and Anthony Bowers from last year's roster but returns a strong nucleus to the court this year.
Evan Anderson, Tyrone Craven, and Jordan Johnson return from last season's starting lineup while Rasahn Brinkley and JW Lawson each averaged over 9.0 points per game for the Wolverines off the bench. George Cook and Chris Scott each averaged at least 10.0 minutes per game last season and return to add depth and maturity to the Wolverine backcourt. The Navy and White also return senior Evan Zimmerman from an injury, and hope that he will add significant depth and experience on the wing as well as in the post.
Wesley added several big bodies to the roster this season, bringing in four new forwards each at least 6-3. Paul Clemons is a transfer junior from Highland CC in Kansas and is joined by freshmen Tolu Babalola, Craig Sirmons, and Derick Charles on the block. Freshman guard and Delaware native Brian Cameron also joins the Wolverines this season.
Wesley takes on Alvernia in their opener and will be tested by the Crusaders. The host returns their leading scorer from last season and D3hoops.com Preseason All-America Honorable Mention Marquis Marshall. Marshall averaged 18.8 points per game last season and pulled in 8.2 rebounds per game. Juniors Alex Shippen and Mike Miller also return for the Crusaders while sophomore Reid Hoff will flank them as a sharpshooter from the outside.
The Crusaders finished last season with a 15-11 mark and were selected to finish fourth in the MAC Commonwealth preseason poll this season. They should prove to be a good barometer for the Wolverines early in the year.