Bluefield College Men's Basketball by cmy17301


									Bluefield College
Men’s Basketball
     2 007-2008
Bluefield College Men’s Basketball   Bluefield College Quick Facts                                  Bluefield College Athletics
                                    Location: Bluefield, Virginia (main campus)                        Bluefield College is a small, private, Christian
                                    Mailing Address: 3000 College Drive, Bluefield, VA 24605       liberal arts college located in the beautiful mountains
                                    Main Telephone Number (main campus): 800-872-0175             of southwestern Virginia. As part of its educational
                                    Web Address:                                 experience, the college fields nine teams in its
                                    Date Founded: 1922                                            intercollegiate athletic program, including men’s baseball,
                                    Student/Faculty Ratio 11:1                                    basketball, golf, junior varsity basketball and soccer, and
                                    Percentage of Faculty with Doctorate Degrees: 56 %            women’s basketball, soccer, softball and volleyball.
                                    Number of Majors: 18                                              Among the most recent notable intercollegiate athletic
                                    Accrediting Agency: Southern Association of Colleges          accomplishments at BC are: 1) a United States Collegiate
                                    and Schools (SACS)                                            Athletic Association National Championship in men’s soccer
                                    Athletic Affiliation: Appalachian Athletic Conference of the   in 2005, 2) six straight Appalachian Athletic Conference
                                    National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)      championships in golf from 1997-2002, and also in 2005
                                    Mascot: Ramblin’ Ram                                          3) 1999, 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2007 National Tourna-
                                    Annual Tuition and Fees: $10,860                              ment appearances for men’s basketball, 4) a conference
                                    Annual Room and Board: $5,705                                 championship in baseball in 1997, 5) a school record for
                                    Property/Facilities: 82 acres of land, 10 buildings.          regular season wins in women’s basketball in 1999,
                                    Economic Impact: $25 million on the surrounding area          6) a school record for regular season wins in women’s
                                    Employees: 100 full-time, 150 part-time                       volleyball in 1998, and 7) the creation of intercollegiate
                                    Student Financial Aid: BC distributes financial aid to         teams for men’s soccer in 1992 and women’s soccer in 2002.
                                    more than 90 percent of its students.
                                    Technology: one computer for every five students; nine         Athletic Contacts
                                    computer labs; Internet access in all residence halls,        Assistant A.D.        Annette Tabor             276-326-4253
                                    11 SMART classrooms, including five permanent                  Baseball (men)        Mike White                276-326-4316
                                    installations, one presentation room, one distance            Basketball (men)      Jason Gillespie           276-326-4255
                                    learning video conferencing facility                          Basketball (men-JV)   Steve Hardin              276-326-4306
                                    Library Services: 75 electronic databases in library          Basketball (women)    Cheryl Fielitz-Scarbrough 276-326-4281
                                                                                                  Fax Machine           Dome Gymnasium            276-326-4386
                                                                                                  Golf (men)            Steve Hardin              276-326-4306
                                                                                                  Public Relations      Chris Shoemaker           276-326-4212
                                                                                                  Soccer (men)          Steve Laraba              276-326-4239
                                                                                                  Soccer (women)        Dave Perron               276-326-4357
                                                                                                  Softball (women)      Russ Hill                 276-326-4309
                                                                                                  Sports Information    Jason Massey              276-326-4274
                                                                                                  Volleyball (women)    Jaime Bowman              276-326-4251

                                                                                           Bluefield College Men’s Basketball
      Bluefield College Men’s Basketball Roster 2007-2008
No.   Name                 Position      Height     Class    Hometown
1     Keenan Rainer        Point Guard   5’9”       SO       Warrensville Hts., OH
3     Johnny Witherspoon   Point Guard   5’10”      JR       Sumter, SC
4     J.R. Montgomery      G/F           6’3”       SO       Dublin, VA
11    Philip Frazier       Point Guard   5’10”      SO       Yorktown, VA
15    Dauda Fadeyi         Center        6’7”       SR       Tampa, FL
20    Mike Roundtree       F/C           6’6”       JR       Tampa, FL
22    Curtis Dixon         G/F           6’3”       JR       Charleston, SC
23    Coryon Ross          G/F           6’3”       JR       St. Petersburg, FL
24    James Chapman        Guard         6’0”       SR       Chattanooga, TN
25    Nate Cronk           Forward       6’4”       FR       Floyd, VA
33    Martell Powell       F/G           6’7”       FR       Chattanooga, TN
42    Laron Culmer         Center        6’6”       JR       Nassau, Bahamas
44    Dontae Gholson       Forward       6’5”       SR       Petersburg, VA
50    Domenic Zaccaria     Guard         6’1”       FR       Mount Sidney, VA
55    Omar Reed            Forward       6’5”       SO       North Tazewell, VA

                                           Founded: 1922
                                           President: Dr. David Olive
                                           Nickname: Rams
                                           Enrollment: 850
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Bluefield College Men’s Basketball

                         Ramblin’ Rams
Men’s Basketball

                   Assistant Coach Ben Smalls

                   Student Assistant Coach Matt Snodgrass

                   Video Coordinator Jeromy Sutphin

Season Preview: 2007-2008

                                                                                                                                                         Men’s Basketball
     Bluefield College is coming off an impressive 2006-2007 campaign in which the Ramblin’ Rams won a share of the Appalachian Athletic
Conference (AAC) regul�
finishing with a 21-12 record.
     Curtis Dixon,�
pointers. He was an All-Conference First Team performer.
     In 2006-2007, seniors James Chapman and Dontae Gholson (tri-captain) averaged 12 and 11 points, respectively. The Rams’ other senior
on this year’s roster, Dauda Fadeyi, is a transfer from Faulkner (AL) University.
     Johnny Witherspoon, a junior point guard and tri-captain, is undeniably the team’s catalyst.
     Witherspoon, who led BC in steals, was an All-AAC Defensive Team representative in 2006-2007. The Rams noticeably struggled when he was
absent from the lineup after going down with a broken wrist late in the season.
     Omar Reed, a sophomore, was arguably Bluefield’s best player the second half of the season as a freshman. His late season surge was good
enough to land him on the AAC’s All-Freshman Team.
     J.R. Montgomery put up 9 points per game a year ago as a true freshman and is a real weapon for the Ramblin’ Rams behind the arc as he
drilled 61 treys.
     BC will also have the services of redshirt junior Coryon Ross and redshirt freshman Martell Powell. Ross is a high-energy player who is
considered the team’s best perimeter defender, while Powell (6’7) has a long wingspan with shot blocking ability.
     The Rams ar�
so much dep�
player can contribute in a variety of ways.
     “That is the tricky part of having a talented and deep group,” Gillespie said. “We are going to have some players who are very good, and
could play big minutes at other places, who may not get the time they feel they deserve. I feel that the way we play will be a big part of that. It is
hard to play the way we want for a long period of time.”
     The AAC once again looks to be very strong and competitive this season. King College was picked to win the league by the slimmest of
margins (92-91 points), but Gillespie knows it will all be decided on the court.
     “The AAC will be competitive as ever,” Gillespie noted. “From a paper standpoint only, you would have to consider King and Bluefield the
favorites, but games are played on the court. I am sure there is a team or multiple teams that will be better than expected.”
     Gillespie freely admits to the fact that his team must improve on the defensive end in order to take that next step.
     “We must get better on the defensive end,” Gillespie said. “There is no question about that.”
     “Offensively, we were fourth in the nation in points per game average, but we gave up way too many. It is essential that we make things
more difficult on our opponents.”
     All indications point towards a very exciting and potentially rewarding season for the Ramblin’ Rams.
     “We have w�
they work well together.”
     “We want to compete to the best of our ability every night. If we are able to do that, I believe we are talented enough that we could win a lot
of games. I feel very positive about this program and our chances this season. We have a chance to be very good. How good we will be, if we are
good at all, depends on our ability to play hard, play smart, and play together.”
Men’s Basketball   Coach’s Bio
                        Jason Gill�
                   faith and sports, is entering his third season as head coach of the Ramblin’ Rams.
                                                                         Coach Gillespie came to Bluefield College from Cincinnati Christian University (CCU) in Ohio
                                                                    where he served for two years as head men’s basketball coach and assistant and assistant athletic
                                                                    director. Under Gillespie in 2004-2005, the Eagles won the regular season National Christian Col-
                                                                    lege Athletic Association (NCCAA) Mid-East Regional Championship and earned a bid to play in the
                                                                    NCCAA Division II National Tournament where they finished sixth in the nation. Coach Gillespie
                                                                    earned the NCCAA Mid-East Coach of the Year Award during both of his seasons at CCU, 2003-
                   2004 and 2004-2005.
                        Before his CCU stint, Coach Gillespie served as an assistant coach for three years at the AAC’s King College. His AAC connection also features
                   intercollegiate play as a student while at Milligan College, and his other coaching experience
                   includes serving as an assistant at Tennessee Tech, where he earned a master’s degree in curriculum
                   and instruction, a tenure as an assistant at Methodist College in North Carolina, and four years as a
                   coach at University High School in Tennessee.
                        Coach Gillespie led the Ramblin’ Rams to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
                   (NAIA) National Tournament in 2007.
                        Jason and his wife Cindy have one child, Keilan Michael.

                                                                   Associate Head Coach’s Bio
                                                                         Steve Hardin enters his third season as the lead assistant for head coach Jason Gillespie.
                                                                   Coach Hardin also is the head coach of BC’s club basketball team.
                                                                         Coach Hardin played high school basketball for his father, Tony Hardin, at Elizabethton High
                                                                   School in Tennessee. In 2000-2001, he went to Tennessee Tech University as a walk-on practice
                                                                   player for Coach Jeff Lebo (now at Auburn University). He then moved on to the Appalachian
                   Athletic Conference (AAC) at King College, serving as an assistant coach from 2003-2005.
                        Coach Hardin is married, and his wife, Tanika, teaches sixth grade students in Bristol, Tenn.

                                                                    Assistant Coach’s Bio
                                                                         Brandon Rosser will be entering his second season as an assistant coach for the Ramblin’
                                                                   Rams. The Forest, Virginia native played four seasons for BC, graduating in the spring of 2006
                                                                   with a degree in exercise and sport science. As a sharp-shooting two-guard for the Rams, Rosser
                                                                   played on two National Tournament teams.

                                                                                                 Men’s Basketball
  Senior Dauda Fadeyi
                                                  Number: 15

                                                  Position: Center

                                                  Height: 6’7”

                                                  Weight: 210

                                                  Hometown: Tampa, FL

 Outlook from Coach Gillespie: “We recruited Dauda out of an Alabama junior college last
  year before he decided to attend NAIA I Faulkner Univerity (AL). He transferred in at the
   semester break last year and practiced with us beginning in January. He is a long and
active player who is an outstanding defender. He runs like a deer and is capable of beating
 opposing posts down the floor in transition. He will see a lot of time for us in the post. Off
        the court, I have yet to run into one person who is not impressed with him.”

Men’s Basketball   Senior James Chapman
                                                                   Number: 24

                                                                   Position: Guard

                                                                   Height: 6’0”

                                                                   Weight: 180

                                                                   Hometown: Chattanooga, TN

                   Outlook from Coach Gillespie: “James is an outstanding shooter who is very capable
                   of providing a real lift for us on the offensive end. He is also a very strong defender
                   who is willing to defend. James started a lot of games for us as a transfer junior last
                   year. James was my last recruit as an assistant at King and we are very glad that he
                    chose to hook up with us here at Bluefield. He is also a high character guy. We are
                                      very proud to have him represent our program.”

                                                                                                 Men’s Basketball
Senior Dontae Gholson
                                               Number: 44

                                               Position: Forward

                                               Height: 6’5”

                                               Weight: 245

                                               Hometown: Petersburg, VA

Outlook from Coach Gillespie: “Dontae has perhaps the highest basketball IQ of any player
 I have ever had the privilege of coaching. He was the only player who started every game
  for us proving to be indispensable to our attack. He had an outstanding junior campaign
and we excpect more of the same from him in his last season of eligibilty. Dontae is highly
respected by his teammates (unanimouly voted as one of our tri-captains) and the coaching
 staff as well. If he chooses to, will make a great coach once his playing career is finished.”

Men’s Basketball     Keenan Rainer      Number: 1
                                        Position: Point Guard
                                        Height/Weight: 5’9”/180
                                        Class: Sophomore
                                        Hometown: Warrensville Heights, OH
                                        Coach’s Outlook: “Keenan started his freshman year off on a negative note as a

                                        severely sprained ankle limited his ability to practice the first month of his collegiate

                                        career. However, by the end of the year, he had worked his way into our rotation

                                        with some grit and determination. He earned his first start of his career in our

                                        national tournament game as we were looking for a spark with Johnny Witherspoon

                                        out injured. Definitely one of the most comedically gifted guys on the team.”

                   Johnny Witherspoon
                                        Number: 3
                                        Position: Point Guard
                                        Height/Weight: 5’10”/155
                                        Class: Junior
                                        Hometown: Sumter, SC
                                        Coach’s Outlook: “I have told Johnny before that he is my favorite point guard

                                        so far in my coaching career. He fits what we want to do both offensively and

                                        defensively perfectly. Johnny is the type of defender that can give opponents fits

                                        by being a pest on the ball. Offensively, he runs the team extremely well, and is

                                        a one man press breaker. He is one of the guys I am most proud of, not only as a

                                        player, but watching grow as a person.”

                    J.R. Montgomery     Number: 4
                                        Position: Guard/Forward
                                        Height/Weight: 6’3”/180
                                        Class: Sophomore
                                        Hometown: Dublin, VA
                                        Coach’s Outlook: “Sometimes in recruiting it is really fortuitous to be lucky. That

                                        was the case when J.R. fell into our laps in the Spring semester of 2004. J.R. is an

                                        outstanding 3-point shooter who is also capable of putting the ball on the floor. On

                                        the defensive end, he is a very capable and willing defender, a huge plus. He had

                                        some huge games for us last year and made the AAC All-Freshman team. He brings

                                        a lot of positives to this squad off the foor as well. J.R. will miss the first 3-6 weeks
      2007-2008                         of the season after suffering a deep bone bruise in his knee during practice.”
Philip Frazier

                                                                                                           Men’s Basketball
                 Number: 11
                 Position: Point Guard
                 Height/Weight: 5’10”/150
                 Class: Sophomore
                 Hometown: Yorktown, VA
                 Coach’s Outlook: “Philip was our main backup point guard most all of last season,

                 and I feel he got better last season going up against Johnny Witherspoon in practice

                 every day. He has a lot of potential and needs to keep working on maximizing what

                 God has given him. Coaches like guys who are willing and eager to learn and he fits

                 that category. Philip gives his all every day, a testament to his attitude. He is also

                 one of the friendliest guys I have been around.”

Mike Roundtree   Number: 20
                 Position: Forward/Center
                 Height/Weight: 6’6”/225
                 Class: Junior
                 Hometown: Tampa, FL
                 Coach’s Outlook: “Mike came to us last season as a junior college transfer from an

                 outstanding program in his home state of Florida. He looks like a big time college

                 linebacker thanks to his dedication in the weight room. He is an outstanding and

                 aggressive defender capable of both guarding posts and chasing fleet-footed guards.

                 Off the court, Mike has gotten involved with some ministry opportunites--a huge

                 testament to his character.”

                 Number: 22
Curtis Dixon     Position: Guard/Forward
                 Height/Weight: 6’3”/180
                 Class: Junior
                 Hometown: Charleston, SC
                 Coach’s Outlook: “I am extremely proud of the fact that he was our first signee

                 here at Bluefield. Curtis has been outstanding for us and has been a guy who gives
                 consistent effort every time he steps foot on the court. It is a luxury as a coach to

                 have your most gifted student athlete from a talent standpoint also be one of your

                 hardest working players. The coaching staff certainly appreciates this quality in him.

                 Already, Curt has scored over 1,000 points in his two seasons here. He is well-loved

                 by his teammates and coaches, not just for his talent, but moreso for his willingess to

                 put the team before himself.”
Men’s Basketball   Coryon Ross      Number: 23
                                    Position: Guard/Forward
                                    Height/Weight: 6’3”/180
                                    Class: Junior
                                    Hometown: St. Petersburg, FL
                                    Coach’s Outlook: “Coryon is back on the roster for us this year having sat out last

                                    season to improve his grades. He has done a great job in that regard and we are

                                    certainly glad to have him back. He started quite a few games for us as a sophomore

                                    and will add some very high quality depth to our perimeter attack. Coryon is kind of

                                    an energizer bunny type in the Richard Hamilton (Detroit Pistons) mold. He is also

                                    perhaps our best defender on the perimeter. Coryon will be a major part of any success

                                    we hope to have in his last two years of eligibilty.”

                   Nate Cronk       Number: 25
                                    Position: Forward
                                    Height/Weight: 6’4”/205
                                    Class: Freshman
                                    Hometown: Floyd, VA
                                    Coach’s Outlook: “Nate is the type of guy every coach loves to have on his squad.

                                    He’s a hard worker who wants to do everything the coaching staff asks of him. A

                                    very scrappy player who has already earned the respect of his teammates during his

                                    short time in our program. He will see limited time in the post initially as he is behind

                                    some very talented, upperclassmen who play the same position as he does. He will

                                    get all the time he wants with our club team to help further develop his skills.”

                   Martell Powell   Number: 33
                                    Position: Forward/Guard
                                    Height/Weight: 6’7”/185
                                    Class: Freshman
                                    Hometown: Chattanooga, TN
                                    Coach’s Outlook: “Martell redshirted for us last season so he knows our program

                                    better than the average freshman. We were very excited to get him out of high school

                                    and he has the potential to be a huge difference maker for us in his first season of

                                    eligibility. He is perhaps our most versatile player as he is capable of playing the post

                                    or the point guard position for us. Martell is also a very effective defender because of

                                    his length. The future is very bright for Martell and it helps a great deal that he is an

      2007-2008                     outstanding competitor.”
 Laron Culmer

                                                                                                            Men’s Basketball
                   Number: 42
                   Position: Center
                   Height/Weight: 6’6”/225
                   Class: Junior
                   Hometown: Nassau, Bahamas
                   Coach’s Outlook: “Laron is one of the first student-athletes we signed after we were

                   hired here at Bluefield. He has been one of the most improved players that we

                   have had in our program and we will look to him for a bigger contribution in his

                   final two years in our program. He has the desire to get better, a talent that should

                   not be discounted. He is one of our most physical players and perhaps our best

                   screen setter. We feel very fortunate to have a person of his caliber playing for us.”

Domenic Zaccaria   Number: 50
                   Position: Guard
                   Height/Weight: 6’1”/185
                   Class: Freshman
                   Hometown: Mount Sidney, VA
                   Coach’s Outlook: “Dom is not your typical first year player in that he spent time on

                   our club/practice squad last year. While others who were initially in front of him

                   for this varsity spot fell by the wayside, he kept battling and earned his spot with

                   us. Dom is a very capable shooter and one of the first to dive for a loose ball or

                   take a charge--traits all coaches love. A player with his hustle and determination

                   are not common making him another important part of our team.”

                   Number: 55
  Omar Reed        Position: Forward
                   Height/Weight: 6’5”/240
                   Class: Sophomore
                   Hometown: North Tazewell, VA
                   Coach’s Outlook: “We had an All-Conference caliber player on our campus during

                   our first year here and did not know it. After we saw him in pickup games, we

                   thought Omar could help us. He ended up doing way more than that. Early last year,

                   he did not get a lot of time, but he kept working to improve. He routinely registered

                   double-double games once he gained more minutes. Omar is a very skilled big man

                   and a hard matchup for our opponents as he can shoot the three as well as put the

                   ball on the floor like a guard. He led us in scoring in our national tournament game.

                   He is also a great person off the floor. The sky is the limit for him.”
Bluefield College Ramblin’ Rams Basketball Schedule 2007-2008
                                *refers to conference games
Date             Opponent                                 Location                     Time
Nov. 1           Auburn University (exhibition)           Away                         8:00 pm
Nov. 2           West Virginia Tech                       Home                         8:00 pm
Nov. 8           Tennessee Temple University              Away                         7:30 pm
Nov. 12          West Virginia Tech                       Away                         7:00 pm
Nov. 16          Bethel College (@ Lambuth Classic)       Away                         7:00 pm
Nov. 17          Lambuth University (@ Lambuth Classic)   Away                         5:00 pm
Nov. 19          Pikeville College                        Home                         7:00 pm
Nov. 24          Tennessee Temple University              Home                         3:00 pm
Nov. 26          Bluefield State College                   Away                         8:00 pm
Nov. 27          Tennessee Tech University                Away                         8:30 pm
Nov. 30          Covenant College*                        Away                         7:30 pm
Dec. 1           Bryan College*                           Away                         6:00 pm
Dec. 4           Tennessee Wesleyan College*              Away                         7:30 pm
Dec. 8           Milligan College*                        Home                         4:00 pm
Dec. 15          University of South Carolina-Upstate     Away                         4:00 pm
Jan. 5           Mountain State University                Away                         4:00 pm
Jan. 9           Union College*                           Home                         7:30 pm
Jan. 12          King College*                            Home                         4:00 pm
Jan. 15          UVA-Wise*                                Home                         7:30 pm
Jan. 19          Montreat College*                        Away                         4:00 pm
Jan. 22          Virginia Intermont College*              Away                         7:30 pm
Jan. 26          Covenant College*                        Home                         4:00 pm
Jan. 29          Bryan College*                           Home                         7:30 pm
Feb. 2           Tennessee Wesleyan College*              Home                         4:00 pm
Feb. 5           Milligan College*                        Away                         7:30 pm
Feb. 9           Union College*                           Away                         6:00 pm
Feb. 13          King College*                            Away                         7:30 pm
Feb. 16          UVA-Wise*                                Away                         4:00 pm
Feb. 19          Montreat College*                        Home                         7:30 pm
Feb. 23          Virginia Intermont College*              Home                         4:00 pm
Feb. 27-Mar. 1   AAC Tournament                           Away                         TBA
Mar. 11-17       NAIA Division II National Tournament     Away                         TBA


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