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#70 Long Beach State: College Basketball Countdown

Published on October 18, 2011 by Scott Shirley   ·   No Comments

College basketball is right around the corner. Games will be starting in a month or so, and practices are starting soon. College basketball might be the only game in town, which will give even more attention to the college game. I can’t wait for this upcoming season.

Here at Roundballchat I will release my top 100 teams for the 2011-12 college basketball season. I will start at 100 and count my way down. I will rank all the 74 programs in the six major conferences, as well as 26 mid majors in my top 100 countdown. This month I will continue my college basketball previews with top players and match ups and much more; I am just finishing my conference power rankings.

Who will put at number 1? North Carolina or Kentucky or maybe a surprise stay tuned to Roundballchat for the next month to find out.

# 70. Long Beach State

Coach: Dan Monson (Four seasons at LBS 60-68), 230-191, 14 years

2010-11 Record: 22-12overall, 14-2 in Big West (1st)

Starters Returning (4) Casper Ware, Larry Anderson, T.J. Robinson, Eugene Phelps

Head coach Dan Monson and the 49ers bring back 4 starters from a team that won 22 games last season. The 49ers best player is Casper Ware (17.2 ppg); he was the Big West’s player of the year and also the leagues best defensive player. He fills up the stat sheet in every category; his best strength is being a flat out scorer. Joining him in the backcourt is Larry Anderson (14.3 ppg): he knows how to attack the rim. Quality depth could be a question in the backcourt. The depth will come from Corey Jackson (1.9 ppg), Sean Starkey (.5 ppg), and Jerramy King (.3 ppg). Also in the mix will be freshman Michael Caffey and Shaquille Hunter. Leading the way in the frontcourt is T.J. Robinson (13.6 ppg); he averaged a double double last season. Edis Dervisevic (2.1 ppg) will also likely start up front. Eugene Phelps (9.7 ppg) will be the man at small forward. Providing depth in the frontcourt will be Kyle Richardson (.8 ppg), JUCO transfers James Ennis and Kris Gulley. Freshman Nick Shepherd will also compete for playing time.

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