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PSU Wilkes-Barre Men’s Basketball 2013-14 Season Preview

10/24/2013 —

The Mountain Lions return six players from last season’s team. Seniors Greg Cooper and Keith Johnson will be looked to for their leadership and energy. With 20 more rebounds, Johnson will be the second player in school history with 200 rebounds, 200 assists, 100 steals and 500 career points. Juniors Drew Walker, Breyan Jones, William Dankwah and Denzel Mensah also bring lots of experience to the lineup. Johnson and Walker lead the team with 89 and 76 3-pointers throughout their career. Breyan Jones led the team with 115 total rebounds last season, while Mensah returns as the Mountain Lion’s leading scorer.

With a nice mix of size, talent and depth, Coach Miner expects this year’s incoming recruiting class to have an immediate impact on the program. The Mountain Lions’ backcourt added junior college transfer Kenneth Randall (Thadeus Stevens College), who already has scored 1,000 points in his college career. Joining Randall at the guard position will be Robert Heft (Dimock/Elk Lake HS), a First Team Lackawanna League All Star who scored his 1,000th career point in that league’s all-star game; Fatai Williams, (Jersey City, NJ/County Prep HS), who also scored 1,000 points in his high-school career; Austin Walker (Sicklerville, NJ/Atlantic Christian School), an All-Conference South Jersey selection with a 17 points-per-game scoring average; Devante Queen (Easton/Easton HS), a Lehigh Valley Conference Honorable Mention selection; and Eddie Powell (Philadelphia/Boys’ Latin HS), a 17 points-per-game scorer selected to the Philadelphia All-Public Third Team. Wyoming Valley Conference All Stars Devon Mazonkey (Shickshinny Lake/Northwest Area HS) and Kendric Wiggins (Pittston/Pittston Area HS) round out a deep and talented class of backcourt recruits for the Mountain Lions.

Perhaps the most visible player on the Mountain Lions roster will be 7’ 0”, 270- pound center Jordan Adams (Maceo, KY/Daviess County HS), selected as one of the top 10 prospects in Kentucky by Scoutsfocus.com. Bulking up the frontcourt with Adams will be 6’ 6” Emmanuel Young (Philadelphia/Ben Franklin HS), a Philadelphia Public League Division “C” Coaches Selection Third Team All Star, while another Wyoming Valley Conference athlete, Nick Valente (Nanticoke/Nanticoke Area HS), at 6’ 8” will add length to the  Mountain Lions’ frontcourt.

The Mountain Lions open up their season at home against Johnson College on Tuesday, November 5th at 8:00 pm. The team’s competitive schedule is highlighted by six games against NCAA opponents.

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