Bulldogs Conduct First Official Practice of 2012-13 Season
Charleston, S.C. — Citadel head coach Chuck Driesell and the Bulldog basketball team officially began the 2012-13 campaign following with the first practice of the season on Friday evening.
The Bulldogs roster consists of one senior and a graduate senior, five sophomores, four freshmen and two redshirt freshmen.
Among the key returnees for Driesell's squad include Mike Groselle, C.J. Bray, Marshall Harris III and Ashton Moore, all of whom started 11 games or more last season. Groselle and Bray combined for 392 rebounds 2011-12. Meanwhile, Harris III and Moore scored a collective 356 points, including 46 3-pointers.
"This is always an exciting time of the year for all the college basketball coaches across the nation," said Driesell. "My staff and I have been waiting since the end of the last season to get started. This is a great group of young men who have some valuable experience from last season. This along with the great work ethic they established this pre-season has me feeling good about the 2012-13 season."
GROSELLE BEING 'WATCHED' CLOSELY: Senior Citadel center Mike Groselle enters the 2012-13 season on a number of award watch lists. Groselle was recently named as the ninth best mid-major forwards/centers to watch this season by Bloguin.com.
Groselle has also been listed among candidates for the Lou Henson Award, presented annually to the top Mid-Major players in NCAA Division I college basketball.
The Plano, Texas, native is among several national candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, given to a NCAA Division I senior student-athlete that has notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
Groselle enters the upcoming season with 891 career points, 109 points from becoming the 30th player in Bulldog history with 1,000 points.
Last season, Groselle posted 14 double-doubles and established a new single-season school record for most in a season, surpassing the previous mark of 13 which was set by Patrick Elmore in 1989-90. This moved Groselle into a tie with Regan Truesdale for the most career double-doubles (22) in Citadel history.
A highly efficient shooter around the basket, Groselle enters the season as The Citadel's all-time field goal percentage leader (59.7%, 359-601), sitting .006 percentage points in front of Moncrief Michael.
SEASONED SOPHOMORES: The Citadel's roster includes five sophomores who combined for 2,464 minutes over the course of the 2011-12 campaign.
All five sophomores started at least two games last season, led by C.J. Bray who earned the nod in 18-of-30 games for head coach Chuck Driesell. Four freshmen, including Ashton Moore (23.0), Marshall Harris III (19.3), Lawrence Miller (17.9) and Bray (17.7) averaged 15 or more minutes per game.
Driesell's offense will rely on the sophomore tandem of Miller and Moore, who knocked down 50 and 32 3-pointers, respectively, and became the sixth set of Citadel teammates to hit 30 or more from beyond the arc in their freshman year since the full-time institution of the 3-point line in the 1986-87 season.
NEW FACES ON THE ROSTER: Citadel head coach Chuck Driesell and his staff added five new players to the 2012-13 roster, including four freshman and graduate senior. These five cadet-student-athletes hail from Florida, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and Wisconsin.
The following is a brief look at their career accolades:
2012 Citadel Basketball Newcomers
Stephen Elmore, 6-6 • 220 lbs.
(Princeton/Horace Mann HS/New York, N.Y.)
• A graduate student at The Citadel who earned his bachelor of arts in history from Princeton in May, 2012. He is the son of former Maryland standout Len Elmore.
Janeil Jenkins, 5-10 • 175 lbs.
(The Miller School/Jacksonville, Fla.)
• Tallied 244 points and dished out 43 assists in his junior season at The Miller School, combining for 37 wins in two years.
Quinton Marshall, 6-5 • 205 lbs.
(Charis Prep/Leesville Rose HS/Raleigh, N.C.)
• Averaged 17 points and eight rebounds per game at Charis Prep as the team posted a 35-4 overall record in 2011-12.
Raemond Robinson, 6-3 • 190 lbs.
(Goose Creek HS/Goose Creek, S.C.)
• Two-sport athlete who averaged 16.1 points, 3.7 rebounds 2.6 assists and 1.7 steals per game during the 2010-11 season, earning All-Region, All-Low Country and HSSR All-State honors
Matt Van Scyoc (SOY-ic), 6-6 • 220 lbs.
(Green Lake HS/Green Lake, Wisc.)
• Scored 1,764 points and posted 828 rebounds over the course of his career at Green Lake High School, leaving as the all-time leading scorer in school and Trailway Conference history.
BUSY NOVEMBER AHEAD: The 2012-13 Citadel basketball schedule includes 14 home games, five first time opponents and three teams that earned bids to a 2012 postseason tournament.
Among the November games at McAlister Field House is the second installment of the All-Military Classic. The Bulldogs will host longstanding rival VMI to open the season on Nov. 10, preceded by a meeting between Air Force and Army. The following day the Bulldogs square off with either the Falcons or Black Knights to complete the two-day event.
The five-game November homestand continues with a pair of games against Montreat College and Union College, both first time meetings. The Dogs complete their opening month of the season on Nov. 24 when they go head-to-head with Radford for the first time in program history.
2012-13 Citadel Basketball Schedule
November: 10, All-Military Classic, Charleston, S.C. (vs. VMI), 4:00 pm; 11, All-Military Classic, Charleston, S.C. (vs. Air Force or Army), 2:00/4:00 pm; 14 vs. Montreat, 7:05 pm; 17 vs. Union (Ky.), 7:05 pm; 24, vs. Radford, TBA.
December: 1, at UNC Greensboro*, 7:00 pm; 4, at Charleston Southern, 7:30 pm; 15, at Gardner-Webb, 7:00 pm; 19, at St. Bonaventure, 7:00 pm; 22, at Georgia Tech, 4:00 pm.
January: 1/2, at Clemson, 4:00 pm; 5, vs. Western Carolina*, 7:05 pm; 10, vs. Chattanooga, 7:05 pm; 12, vs. Samford*, 7:05 pm; 14, vs. College of Charleston*, 7:30 pm; 17, at Davidson*, TBA; 19, at Georgia Southern*, 7:00 pm; 24, at College of Charleston*, 7:30 pm; 26, vs. Elon*, 2:05 pm; 31, vs. Wofford*, 7:05 pm.
February: 2, at Furman*, 4:30 pm; 7, at Chattanooga*, 7:00 pm; 9, at Samford*, 7:00 pm; 14, vs. Georgia Southern*, 7:05 pm; 16, vs. Davidson*, 7:05 pm; 20, at Appalachian State*, 8:00 pm; 23, ESPN Bracketbuster, TBA; 28, vs. Furman*, 7:05 pm.
March: 2, at Wofford*, 7:00 pm; 8-11, Southern Conference Tournament (Asheville, N.C.); 15, NCAA Tournament First Round (TBA).
Games in bold indicate home contests.
Games with an asterisk indicate Southern Conference games
All times are Eastern Standard Time
Season tickets are on sale now and individual tickets will go on sale to the public on Oct. 22. For more information on tickets, call (843) 953- DOGS (3647). All home games will be video and audio streamed through Bulldog Insider. For more information on Bulldog Insider or Bulldog Basketball, visit the official website of The Citadel Athletics, www.CitadelSports.com.