Men's Basketball Season Looks Bright
Players and coaches in the Penn State DuBois Men’s Basketball Program are looking forward to another exciting season. The DuBois Nittany Lions will strive for a championship this season, after making it to the Pennsylvania State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) semi-finals the past four seasons. Penn State DuBois has a mix of returning players and freshmen on the 2011-12 squad.
Team members are now polishing their skills in early season practices. The point guard position will be manned by Derek Burdick (Coudersport / Coudersport, PA), a 5’10” senior. Kai Ahmad (Stroudsburg / Stroudsburg, PA), a 5’10” freshman, is also competing at the point guard position along with Camden Nolan (Oswayo Valley / Shinglehouse, PA), a 5’7” freshman. One of the wing positions will be occupied by 6’1” Senior, Jovan Brown (Sayre / Philadelphia, PA). Shakeal Brown (Franklin / Franklin, PA), a 5’10” freshman, is pushing for early playing time at both guard positions. The other wing position will be manned by versatile, 6’2” junior, Woody Mitchell (East Stroudsburg North / Bushkill, PA) or Isaiah Jordan (Franklin / Franklin, PA), a 6’2” freshman. Tyler Bennett (Bald Eagle, Bellefonte, PA), a 6’0” freshman, and Derrick Williams (Franklin Learning Center / Philadelphia, PA), a 5’11” sophomore are also in the mix at the guard positions. The two forward positions will be filled by 6’4” junior, Chris Dickison (Stroudsburg / Stroudsburg, PA), Will Welles (Simon Gratz / Philadelphia), a 6’6” junior, and John Hau (Coudersport / Coudersport, PA), a 6’3” junior.
Penn State DuBois Head Coach Dave Bennett expressed his excitement for the season, and his confidence in the team. "I really enjoy the make-up of this team. We have some talented, hard-working freshmen to go with our proven veteran players. The key to our season will be building strong team chemistry and having everyone in the program committed to achieving our goals," Bennett said.
The Penn State DuBois Nittany Lions open the 2011-2012 season on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 with a home game against NCAA Division III, Washington and Jefferson. A 7:00 p.m. tipoff has been set.