The 2012-2013 season kicks off for Monmouth basketball in West Long Branch on November 9 against Hofstra. When they take the floor, the Hawks will be looking to match or perhaps beat their 2011-2012 campaign. They offset a loss of 38% of last season's player minutes with the contributions of four incoming freshmen.
The biggest gap for Monmouth to fill will be on the defensive side, as the team lost 40.8% of their shot blocking. Equally as concerning is rebounding, where they lost 36.9% of last year's output.
Monmouth finished last season with an overall record of 12-19 and placed 5th in the NEC with a conference record of 10-8. The Hawks went on to the NEC tournament where they lost to Robert Morris, 87-68. Monmouth will feel the loss of last year's seniors Mike Myers Keitt (23 minutes per game), Phil Wait (16 MPG), and Will Campbell (16 MPG). The Hawks will also miss Austin Tillotson (transferred to Colgate) and Daniel James (4 MPG).
Familiar faces for the Hawks are senior Jesse Steele (12.6 points/game), sophomore Andrew Nicholas (8.8 points/game), senior Dion Nesmith (8.8 points/game), senior Ed Waite (1.3 steals/game), and senior Marcus Ware (6.4 points/game).
Incoming freshmen joining the Hawks include 5-10 Jalen Palm, 5-10 Christian White, 6-5 Tyrone O`Garro, and 6-7 Collin Stewart. Also coming aboard are 6-5 senior Gary Cox, 6-9 sophomore Khalil Brown, 6-6 sophomore Deon Jones (transferred from Towson), and 6-4 senior Stephen Spinella (transferred from South Carolina).
The Hawks schedule includes two games against AP preseason Top 25 teams, at #22 Notre Dame on November 12th and at #9 Syracuse on December 8th. The first NEC game for Monmouth will be on January 3rd at Wagner.
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- Since 2002, Monmouth has an overall winning percentage of 42.3%.
- The Hawks have an average conference finish of 8.2 over the last 5 seasons. Over the past 16 the team has an average finish of 5.6.
- The average final RPI (last year) of opponents on this year's schedule is 195.9.
- This year's opponent with the highest RPI from last year is Syracuse (#2).
- This year's opponent with the lowest RPI from last year is Binghamton (#344).
- The last time Monmouth returned more than 64% of the team's statistical production was 2009-2010.
, Phil Wait
, Will Campbell
, Austin Tillotson
, Daniel James
, Jesse Steele
, Andrew Nicholas
, Dion Nesmith
, Ed Waite
, Marcus Ware
, Jalen Palm
, Christian White
, Tyrone O`Garro
, Collin Stewart
, Gary Cox
, Khalil Brown
, Deon Jones
, Stephen Spinella