2010-11 UCF Men's Basketball Yearbook
The 2010-11 UCF Men's Basketball Yearbook has all of the information fans need to know about the Knights.
Contents Season Outlook Table of Contents/Credits Quick Facts/Media Information 2010-11 Schedule UCF Roster Season Preview Notebook 1 2 3 4 5 Tristan Spurlock Jarvis Davis Isaiah Sykes 39 40 41 2010-11 UCF MEN'S BASKETBALL YEARBOOK This is UCF UCF Arena UCF Basketball Practice Facility From UCF to the NBA The University of Central Florida Towers at Knights Plaza UCF President Dr. John C. Hitt UCF Director of Athletics Keith R. Tribble Orlando NIKE 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 2009-10 Review Statistics Results Box Scores 42 43 44-49 Coaching Staff Head Coach Donnie Jones 6-8 Associate Head Coach Shawn Finney 9 Assistant Coach Darren Tillis 10 Assistant Coach Tim Thomas 11 Director of Basketball Operations Micah Byars 12 Director of Program Development Brendan Suhr 13 Support Staff 14 History and Records Yearly Results All-Time Roster All-Time Jersey Numbers Honors Players in the Pros 1,000-Point Club Scoring Records Field Goal Records Rebound Records 3-Point Field Goal Records Free Throw Records Assist/Steal/Block/Minutes Played Records Team Division I Single-Game Records Team Single-Season Records Additional Records Annual Team Statistics In-Season Tournaments NCAA/Conference Tournament Records UCF Arena Records Year-by-Year Results Series Records 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65-66 67-68 69 70 71-76 77-85 Credits: Executive Editor/Design and Layout: Doug Richards Editors: Brian Ormiston, Pat Salvas, Sarah Tarasewicz, Leigh Torbin Cover Design: Doug Richards, Sarah Tarasewicz Photography: Todd Drexler (UCFphotos.com) Additional Photographs Provided by: UCF University Marketing, Romeo Guzman, Brandon Helwig, Jimmy Skiles, UCF Arena, Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Conference USA, National Basketball Association 2010-11 Knights A.J. Tyler Taylor Young P.J. Gaynor A.J. Rompza Isaac Sosa David Diakite Keith Clanton Marcus Jordan Amara Thompson Dogukan Kuzucan Tom Herzog Jeff Jordan Dwight McCombs Josh Crittle 15-16 17-18 19-20 21-22 23-24 25-26 27-28 29-30 31-32 33-34 35 36 37 38 1 QUICK FACTS/MEDIA INFORMATION UCF Information Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Conference President Director of Athletics Athletics Phone Ticket Office Phone Orlando, Fla. 1963 56,100 Knights Black and Gold Conference USA Dr. John C. Hitt Keith R. Tribble (407) 823-4114 (407) 823-1000 Team Information 2009-10 Record Conference USA Record Conference USA Finish Home Record Home Conference USA Record Road Record Road Conference USA Record Neutral Site Record Starters Returning/Lost Letterwinners Returning/Lost 15-17 6-10 Ninth 9-6 3-5 3-9 3-5 3-2 5/0 8/3 Interview Policies Practice Coverage Interviews with UCF student-athletes and coaches must be made through the UCF athletics communications office. UCF practices are open to the media. Studentathletes and coaches are available for interviews following practice. Contact Doug Richards in the UCF athletics communications office to confirm practice times and locations. Credential Requests UCF Arena Capacity Year Opened Press Row Phone 10,000 2007 (407) 823-2477 Starters Returning PG: A.J. Rompza (8.6 ppg, 4.6 apg) SG: Marcus Jordan (8.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg) SG: Taylor Young (7.1 ppg, 2.8 apg) PF: Keith Clanton (9.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg) PF: A.J. Tyler (10.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg) All requests for media credentials for UCF home games should be directed to Doug Richards in the UCF athletics communications office. Requests should be made at least one week in advance of the selected game. Postgame Press Conferences Coaching Staff Head Coach Donnie Jones Alma Mater Pikeville (Ky.), 1988 Career Record 55-41 (Three years) UCF Record First Year Associate Head Coach Shawn Finney Alma Mater Fairmont State, 1985 Assistant Coach Darren Tillis Alma Mater Paul Quinn College, 1996 Assistant Coach Tim Thomas Alma Mater Wheeling Jesuit, 1993 Director of Operations Micah Byars Alma Mater West Florida, 2006 Director of Program Development Brendan Suhr Alma Mater Montclair State, 1973 Athletic Trainer Andy Reber Equipment Manager John Whitford Strength and Conditioning Coach B.J. Faulk Office Assistant Angela Orsini Basketball Office Phone (407) 823-5805 Other Key Returnees SG: Isaac Sosa (10.3 ppg) SF: P.J. Gaynor (4.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg) SF: David Diakite (4.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg) A postgame press conference with UCF head coach Donnie Jones and select student-athletes will be conducted after each contest in the UCF Arena press conference room. The UCF locker room is closed to the media. Ticket Information Conference USA Tickets for all UCF home games may be purchased through the UCF ticket sales office by calling (407) UCF-1000. Information on Conference USA can be found at ConferenceUSA.com. The web site features updated standings, statistics and notes. Starting in January, the league will hold several men's basketball coaches' teleconferences. The 12 league head coaches, including UCF's Donnie Jones, will be available on the calls. For a schedule of the calls, members of the media should contact Courtney Morrison-Archer in the C-USA media relations office at (214) 774-1300. Key Newcomers PG: Jarvis Davis C: Tom Herzog PF: Dwight McCombs SG/SF: Isaiah Sykes Athletics Communications Associate Director/MBB Contact Doug Richards Office Phone (407) 823-2142 E-mail email@example.com Mailing Address P.O. Box 163555 Orlando, FL 32816 Overnight Address 4000 Central Florida Blvd. Wayne Densch Sports Center, Building 39 Orlando, FL 32816 Web Site UCFAthletics.com Twitter Twitter.com/UCF_MBasketball UCF on the Air UCF fans can listen to live broadcasts of Knights' men's basketball action on the UCF ISP Sports Network and its flagship station, WYGM-740 AM. The UCF ISP Sports Network carries every UCF contest. Coverage includes a pregame report and a postgame show. The "Voice of the Knights," Marc Daniels, handles the play-by-play duties. Daniels also serves as the play-byplay voice on UCF football and baseball broadcasts. He is in his 14th year calling UCF basketball contests. Each weekday, Daniels hosts "The Beat of Sports" radio show in Orlando on ESPN 1080. Daniels also hosts a weekly radio show featuring Donnie Jones. The hour-long program which begins in January, airs on WYGM-740 AM in Orlando. During the show, Jones offers previews of the Knights' upcoming games and provides insight into the UCF program. The head coach also answers questions from fans. A weekly television program with Jones is also scheduled to begin in January. The show offers a look back at UCF's previous games and will contain feature stories on UCF student-athletes. A complete schedule for the radio and television shows can be found at UCFAthletics.com. Basketball History First Year of Basketball First Year at Division I Level First Year in Conference USA All-Time Record NCAA Appearances/Last 1969-70 1984-85 2005-06 649-500 Four/2005 UCF, Not Central Florida Please refer to the University of Central Florida as UCF when shortening the title. Derivitives such as C. Florida, Cent. Florida and C. Fla., should not be used. Also, please note that UCF's teams are no longer being referred to as the Golden Knights. Instead, they are simply called the Knights. UCF on the Internet The UCF ISP Sports Network also extends to the worldwide web. Audio and video broadcasts of most UCF games are available at UCFAthletics.com. Video of all of the Knights' home contests and Conference USA road games can be viewed on the web site. Audio of all of the team's games is also available on the site. Audio of Donnie Jones' radio show and video from his weekly television program can also be found on the web site. 2 2010-11 SCHEDULE Date Nov. 4 (Thu.) Nov. 12 (Fri.) Nov. 15 (Mon.) Nov. 18 (Thu.) Nov. 23 (Tues.) Nov. 27 (Sat.) Opponent Flagler (exhibition) West Florida Jackson State USF (CBS College Sports) at Stetson Alabama State Site UCF Arena UCF Arena UCF Arena UCF Arena DeLand, Fla. UCF Arena Time 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 5 p.m. Florida Citrus Sports Shootout Dec. 1 (Wed.) Florida (Fox Sports Florida) Dec. 4 (Sat.) Dec. 11 (Sat.) Dec. 15 (Wed.) Southeastern Louisiana Bethune-Cookman Louisiana-Lafayette Orlando, Fla. (Amway Center) UCF Arena UCF Arena UCF Arena 7 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 7 p.m. MetroPCS Orange Bowl Classic Dec. 18 (Sat.) Miami (Fox Sports Net) Dec. 22 (Wed.) UCF Holiday Classic Dec. 29 (Wed.) Dec. 30 (Thu.) Jan. 5 (Wed.) Jan. 8 (Sat.) Jan. 15 (Sat.) Jan. 19 (Wed.) Jan. 22 (Sat.) Jan. 26 (Wed.) Jan. 29 (Sat.) 7 p.m. Feb. 2 (Wed.) Feb. 5 (Sat.) Feb. 9 (Wed.) Feb. 12 (Sat.) Feb. 16 (Wed.) Feb. 19 (Sat.) Feb. 26 (Sat.) March 2 (Wed.) March 5 (Sat.) at UMass Sunrise, Fla. Amherst, Mass. 2 p.m. 7 p.m. Furman Northeastern/Princeton Marshall* (BHSN/CSS) at Houston* at Southern Miss* East Carolina* (BHSN) Rice* (BHSN/CSS) at Memphis* (CBS College Sports) UAB* (BHSN/UAB) UCF Arena UCF Arena UCF Arena Houston, Texas Hattiesburg, Miss. UCF Arena UCF Arena Memphis, Tenn. 7 p.m. 5/7:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 8 p.m. UCF Arena at UTEP* at East Carolina* Memphis* (CBS College Sports) Tulsa* at Tulane* at UAB* (CSS) Southern Miss* SMU* (BHSN) at Marshall* El Paso, Texas Greenville, N.C. UCF Arena UCF Arena New Orleans, La. Birmingham, Ala. UCF Arena UCF Arena Huntington, W.Va. 9 p.m. 5 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 8 p.m. 5 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. Conference USA Championship March 9 (Wed.) Opening Round March 10 (Thu.) Quarterfinals March 11 (Fri.) Semifinals March 12 (Sat.) Championship All times are Eastern and subject to change * Denotes Conference USA game El Paso, Texas El Paso, Texas El Paso, Texas El Paso, Texas TBD TBD TBD TBD 3 ROSTER Numerical Roster No. 1 2 3 5 10 11 12 13 14 15 21 22 24 25 32 33 41 Name Tristan Spurlock Jarvis Davis A.J. Rompza Marcus Jordan Dwight McCombs Isaac Sosa Taylor Young Jeff Jordan Dogukan Kuzucan David Diakite P.J. Gaynor Amara Thompson Josh Crittle A.J. Tyler Isaiah Sykes Keith Clanton Tom Herzog Pos. F G G G F/C G G G G F F G F/C F G/F F C Ht. 6-8 6-1 5-9 6-3 6-8 6-3 6-1 6-1 6-2 6-6 6-8 6-4 6-8 6-9 6-5 6-8 7-0 Wt. 220 175 160 205 245 190 185 180 175 215 205 175 260 225 205 245 250 Cl. So. Fr. Jr. So. Jr. Jr. Sr. Jr. So. So. Jr. So. Jr. Sr. Fr. So. Sr. Hometown/High School (Previous School) Woodbridge, Va./Word of Life Christian (Virginia) Columbia, S.C./Ridge View (Hargrave Military Academy) Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young (Moraine Valley CC) Guaynabo, Puerto Rico/Grandview Prep - Fla. Orlando, Fla./The First Academy Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy (Illinois) Istanbul, Turkey/Lincoln Park - Ill. Washington, D.C./National Christian Academy Jacksonville, Fla./Mandarin Tucker, Ga./Tucker (IMG Academy) Bellwood, Ill./Hales Franciscan (Oregon) Palm Harbor, Fla./Palm Harbor University (Clemson) Detroit, Mich./Denby Orlando, Fla./Orlando Christian Prep Flint, Mich./Powers (Michigan State) Alphabetical Roster No. 33 24 2 15 21 41 13 5 14 10 3 11 1 32 22 25 12 Name Keith Clanton Josh Crittle Jarvis Davis David Diakite P.J. Gaynor Tom Herzog Jeff Jordan Marcus Jordan Dogukan Kuzucan Dwight McCombs A.J. Rompza Isaac Sosa Tristan Spurlock Isaiah Sykes Amara Thompson A.J. Tyler Taylor Young Pos. F F/C G F F C G G G F/C G G F G/F G F G Ht. 6-8 6-8 6-1 6-6 6-8 7-0 6-1 6-3 6-2 6-8 5-9 6-3 6-8 6-5 6-4 6-9 6-1 Wt. 245 260 175 215 205 250 180 205 175 245 160 190 220 205 175 225 185 Cl. So. Jr. Fr. So. Jr. Sr. Jr. So. So. Jr. Jr. Jr. So. Fr. So. Sr. Sr. Hometown/High School (Previous School) Orlando, Fla./Orlando Christian Prep Bellwood, Ill./Hales Franciscan (Oregon) Columbia, S.C./Ridge View (Hargrave Military Academy) Washington, D.C./National Christian Academy Jacksonville, Fla./Mandarin Flint, Mich./Powers (Michigan State) Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy (Illinois) Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young Istanbul, Turkey/Lincoln Park - Ill. Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young (Moraine Valley CC) Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young Guaynabo, Puerto Rico/Grandview Prep - Fla. Woodbridge, Va./Word of Life Christian (Virginia) Detroit, Mich./Denby Tucker, Ga./Tucker (IMG Academy) Palm Harbor, Fla./Palm Harbor University (Clemson) Orlando, Fla./The First Academy Coaching Staff Head Coach: Donnie Jones (Pikeville, 1988), First year at UCF Associate Head Coach: Shawn Finney (Fairmont State, 1985) Assistant Coach: Darren Tillis (Paul Quinn College, 1996) Assistant Coach: Tim Thomas (Wheeling Jesuit, 1993) Director of Basketball Operations: Micah Byars (West Florida, 2006) Director of Player Development: Brendan Suhr (Montclair State, 1973) The 2010-11 Knights 4 SEASON PREVIEW NOTEBOOK A New Era Begins The 2010-11 campaign will mark year one of the Donnie Jones era at UCF. Jones was named the Knights' head coach in March after three campaigns at fellow Conference USA member Marshall. Jones led Marshall to 24 victories and one of the best seasons in school history last year. He is no stranger to the Sunshine State, having worked as an assistant at Florida from 1996-07. Jones helped Florida claim back-to-back national titles in 2006 and 2007. Wingmen Also back for the Knights are a pair of small forwards - P.J. Gaynor and David Diakite. The duo combined to start 29 games a year ago. Gaynor, a junior who is skilled on the offensive end, averaged 4.9 points and 3.5 rebounds. Diakite is an athletic sophomore who should thrive in Jones' up-tempo offense. He averaged 4.7 points and 3.8 boards last year. The Score Center of Attention UCF's largest newcomer is Tom Herzog, a 7-foot transfer from Michigan State. Herzog spent four years with the Spartans, where he played in 44 career games. The senior, who redshirted in 2006-07, will attend UCF to pursue a master's degree and will be eligible immediately. As a junior in 2009-10, Herzog appeared in 15 contests, averaging 1.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 3.7 minutes per game. Herzog was a member of two Final Four squads at Michigan State. As a senior at Points a Plenty Flint Powers High School in Michigan, he was rated as the seventh-best center in UCF returns eight letterwinners from last season as the team's top eight scorers the nation by Rivals.com. from 2009-10 are all back. The team returns 95.2 percent of its scoring from last year. Welcome Freshmen Donnie Jones will have two talented freshmen on UCF's roster this season. Time for Change Point guard Jarvis Davis comes to Orlando after spending a postgraduate year A year ago, UCF had only three upperclassmen along with 12 underclassmen. As at Hargrave Military Academy. The South Carolina native averaged 13.0 points a result, the Knights were the fourth-youngest squad in the country. UCF's roster and 5.0 assists per game in leading Hargrave to a 24-1 mark. Jones landed one will have a different layout in 2010-11. Seven upperclassmen will suit up for the of the top unsigned seniors in the country in May when guard/forward Isaiah Knights this season. Sykes from Detroit Denby High School signed a National Letter of Intent to attend UCF. Sykes averaged 19.7 points as a senior and had offers from Arkansas and New Faces Michigan. Scout.com listed him as the 39th-best small forward in the nation. Despite returning eight players from 2009-10, the Knights will have a new look this season. Seven newcomers have joined the program and four of the new Power Play faces - Jarvis Davis, Tom Herzog, Dwight McCombs and Isaiah Sykes - will see UCF added one of the most-sought after junior college players in the country in action in 2010-11. power forward Dwight McCombs. As a sophomore at Moraine Valley Community College in Illinois, McCombs averaged 22.5 points and 13.3 rebounds per game in Hometown Hero 2009-10. He chose UCF over Arizona State and Indiana. A Conference USA All-Freshman Team pick in 2009-10, Keith Clanton is poised for a breakout year. The forward averaged 9.7 points and a team-best 6.8 boards as Wait Until Next Year a rookie, and also blocked 45 shots. The 6-foot-8 Orlando native arrived at UCF as Over the summer, Donnie Jones added three prominent transfers who will the most heralded recruit in program history. He led Orlando Christian Prep to a all have a chance to make an impact with the Knights in 2011-12. Josh Crittle, pair of Florida Class 1A titles and was listed as the 68th-best player in the nation Jeff Jordan and Tristan Spurlock will all sit out this season due to NCAA transfer as a senior by Scout.com. rules. Crittle, a 6-foot-8 power forward, joined the program after two years at Oregon. Crittle appeared in 51-career games at Oregon, averaging 2.9 points and All-Around Game 2.5 rebounds. He will have two years of eligibility remaining. Jordan joined his Joining Keith Clanton on the 2009-10 Conference USA All-Freshman Team was brother Marcus at UCF in June. A strong defender, Jordan played in 92 games teammate Marcus Jordan. The shooting guard started the final 18 games of the in three seasons at Illinois. He made two starts as a junior in 2009-10. In August, year and exhibited a great all-around game. The Chicago native averaged 8.0 small forward Tristan Spurlock transferred to UCF after playing at Virginia as a points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists. In C-USA games, he averaged a team-high freshman. He appeared in 13 games in 2009-10 and averaged 2.4 points in 4.6 10.8 points in 31.1 minutes per outing. Jordan battled a bevy of injuries last year, minutes per contest. Spurlock was listed as a top-75 player as a senior at Word including one in the preseason that hampered his conditioning. of Life Christian High School in Virginia. The majority of UCF's 2010-11 roster will return next season. Tom Herzog, A.J. Tyler and Taylor Young are the lone seniors Making a Point on the squad. UCF's leader both on and off the floor is point guard A.J. Rompza. The junior averaged 8.6 points and 4.6 assists a year ago. Expect Rompza to have a big year Summer Days offensively. All of his offensive numbers improved in 2009-10, and the speedy UCF players had the chance to work on their games during the summer on 5-foot-9 Rompza should thrive playing in Jones' fast-paced system. campus. All eight returning letterwinners from last year spent the entire summer at UCF, as did Jarvis Davis. The squad's other newcomers, with the exception of Man of Steal Tristan Spurlock, spent the second summer school session in Orlando. The players Last season, A.J. Rompza ranked ninth nationally in steals per game at 2.6. In worked out with UCF's strength and conditioning staff and played pickup games Conference USA play, he led the league with 37 swipes in only 15 games. Rompza, daily inside the UCF Practice Facility. who enters his junior campaign seventh in career assists at UCF with 294, is also 10th all-time at the school in steals (127). Expect the Knights to have a new look on the floor this season as Jones plans to implement an up-tempo style of play. UCF averaged just 66.7 points per game in 2009-10, while Jones' Marshall squad averaged 79.9 points, good for ninth nationally. Sunshine Slate Three's Company UCF returns one of the top 3-point shooters in the country in Isaac Sosa. Sosa averaged a team-high 10.3 points as a sophomore and led Conference USA in 3-point field goal percentage. He connected on 73-of-171 (42.7 percent) of his attempts from deep. Sosa ranks second in UCF history in career 3-point field goal percentage. In two campaigns in Orlando, he has made 43.8 percent (130-of-297) of his shots from behind-the-arc. Senior Moments A pair of fifth-year seniors with plenty of experience will both be looking to conclude their careers in strong fashion this season. A.J. Tyler started all 32 games at power forward a year ago and averaged 10.3 points and 5.0 boards. Tyler is a skilled offensive player who should benefit from the arrival of some other post players, allowing him more room to show off his shooting touch. Taylor Young is the team's other returning senior. Young was inserted into the starting lineup late last year and averaged 7.1 points and 2.8 assists per contest. At the end of the year, Young showed off his scoring ability. In the squad's final five games of the season, he averaged 14.0 points. UCF's non-conference schedule includes a pair of high-profile games in the Sunshine State. On Dec. 1, Donnie Jones will square off against mentor Billy Donovan when UCF plays Florida in the first collegiate game inside the new Amway Center in downtown Orlando for the FCS Shootout. The Knights have never faced Florida in Orlando. On Dec. 18, the Knights will meet Miami in Sunrise as part of the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Classic. The contest against the Hurricanes will mark UCF's first game in south Florida since 2005. In total, the Knights will play all but one of their 13 non-conference contests in Florida. The team's lone trip outside of the Sunshine State will come on Dec. 22 when the Knights face host UMass. Tough Schedule In 2010-11, the Knights will have games against squads that participated in the postseason a year ago on 15 occasions. Seven Conference USA programs played in the postseason in 2010: Houston (NCAA), UTEP (NCAA), Memphis (NIT), Tulsa (NIT), UAB (NIT), Marshall (CIT) and Southern Miss (CIT). The Knights will play Memphis, UAB, Marshall and Southern Miss twice. In non-league play, UCF will face postseason participants Florida (NCAA), Jackson State (NIT), USF (NIT) and either Northeastern (NIT) or Princeton (CBI) in the UCF Holiday Classic. 5 HEAD COACH DONNIE JONES Welcome to Orlando Donnie Jones, one of the nation's premier recruiters and a rising star in the coaching community, was selected as the head coach of the UCF men's basketball program on March 29, 2010. Jones, who won a pair of national championships as an assistant at Florida, brings three years of head coaching experience and 20 years of total experience at the Division I level to the Knights. Turnaround at Marshall Jones came to UCF after three seasons at Marshall, where he quickly turned around the Thundering Herd program. Jones was named Marshall's head coach in 2007. He inherited a program that had struggled since joining Conference USA in 2005, and quickly changed the culture surrounding the Herd. Less than three years later, Jones led the Herd to one of the top campaigns in program history. In 2009-10, Marshall went 24-10 and advanced to the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The appearance was the first trip to the postseason in 22 years for the school. Jones' squad began the tournament with a victory over Western Carolina, giving Marshall its first postseason win since 1967. Marshall finished the year 11-5 in C-USA play, tying the Herd for third in the league and serving as the school's best conference finish since 2000-01. Marshall had one of the most prolific offenses in the country and led C-USA by scoring 79.9 points per game. The team also paced the league in field-goal percentage (47.8) and scoring margin (+10.9). Marshall totaled a school-record 2,717 points during the campaign. Hometown Point Pleasant, W.Va. College Pikeville (Ky.), 1988 Wife Michelle Children Madisyn, Isaac, Sophie Selling a Program To help accomplish the impressive turnaround, Jones attracted several top recruits to Marshall, including Hassan Whiteside, who led the nation in blocks in 2009-10. The post player swatted 182 shots - the fourth-most in NCAA history. Whiteside was named both the C-USA Freshman and Defensive Player of the Year, and garnered Freshman All-America Second Team honors from The Sporting News. Sacramento picked Whiteside with the 33rd overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. Both Whiteside and Tyler Wilkerson were selected to the 2009-10 All-C-USA Second Team. Dago Pena, who was also recruited by Jones, was named the league's sixth man of the year. In three seasons at Marshall, Jones compiled a 55-41 record. After arriving in Huntington, W.Va., in 2007, Jones led the Herd to a 16-14 mark during his inaugural campaign, giving Marshall its first winning season in seven years. He guided his team to victories over a pair of eventual NCAA Tournament squads in San Diego and Winthrop, and helped Marshall go 8-8 in C-USA play. In 2008-09, Marshall went 15-17 overall and 7-9 in league games. Coaching Career 2010-Present Head Coach, UCF 2007-10 Head Coach, Marshall 1996-07 Assistant Coach, Florida 1992-96 Assistant Coach, Marshall 1990-92 Graduate Assistant, Marshall 1988-90 Assistant Coach, Pikeville Taking Florida to the Top Prior to taking the helm at Marshall, Jones served for 11 years as an assistant coach at Florida, helping the program claim a pair of national titles and make three trips to the Final Four. Working as an assistant under Billy Donovan from 1996-07, Jones helped Florida win back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007. He played a key role in Florida's recruiting and player development that led to a school-record nine-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, four Southeastern Conference Eastern Division titles and three SEC Tournament crowns. Florida recorded a 261-103 mark during Jones' time with the program. The 2006 squad defeated its six NCAA Tournament opponents by an average of 16 points en route to the national title. The following year, Florida became the first team in 15 years to repeat as national champions. Florida went 33-6 in 2005-06, and then recorded a 35-5 mark the following season. In nine of Jones' 11 seasons in Gainesville, Florida posted 20-victory campaigns. Recruiting Success Jones excelled on the recruiting trail while at Florida. During his time at the school, the program signed 11 McDonald's High School All-America selections and boasted top-five national recruiting classes on five occasions. Jones also helped recruit and mentor 12 National Basketball Association Draft picks while at Florida, including five lottery selections. Jones' NBA players include Matt Bonner, David Lee, Mike Miller and Jason Williams. Following Florida's 2007 national title, five of Jones' pupils - Corey Brewer, Taurean Green, Al Horford, Joakim Noah and Chris Richard - were selected in the draft. Moving Up the Ladder Before moving to Florida, Jones served on the Marshall staff for six years, the first two as a graduate assistant. During the final two seasons of his tenure as an assistant at Marshall, Jones worked under Donovan, who later took the head coaching position at Florida. Prior to his arrival at Marshall, Jones worked for two years as an assistant at his alma mater, Pikeville College in Kentucky. A native of Point Pleasant, W.Va., Jones earned his bachelor's degree in business education from Pikeville in 1988, and received his master's degree in sports management from Marshall Jones' NBA Players in 1992. Jones had a stellar college playing career at Pikeville, recording a school-record 513 career assists. As a Hassan Whiteside (Marshall), Marreese senior he finished second nationally in the NAIA with 10.7 assists per game. Jones is married to the former Michelle Speights (Florida), Al Horford (Florida), Gibson.The couple has three children: Madisyn Michelle, Sofie Louise and Donald Isaac. Corey Brewer (Florida), Joakim Noah (Florida), Chris Richard (Florida), Taurean Green (Florida), Matt Walsh (Florida), Anthony Roberson (Florida), David Lee (Florida), Christian Drejer (Florida), Udonis Haslem (Florida), Matt Bonner (Florida), Mike Miller (Florida), Donnell Harvey (Florida), Jason Williams (Florida) Al Horford 6 Head Coaching Record Year 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 Overall School Marshall Marshall Marshall 3 years Overall 16-14 15-17 24-10 55-41 Conference 8-8 7-9 11-5 26-22 Postseason CIT Quarterfinals What They Are Saying About Donnie Jones "Donnie has done a great job at Marshall and will do a terrific job at UCF as well. He knows the state of Florida well and Keith (Tribble) chose a fantastic coach, a great recruiter and a terrific ambassador for the program." - Florida head coach Billy Donovan "Donnie is a terrific hire. Obviously, he has great ties in Florida. His teams have always played hard and are extremely competitive. I have no doubt that Donnie will do a great job." - West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins "I'm happy for Donnie to have the opportunity to take over a UCF program that has tremendous potential. Donnie is someone with great passion, vision and energy. He will no doubt lead UCF to the upper echelon of Conference USA and beyond." - Alabama head coach Anthony Grant "Donnie is a wonderful human being and a great family man. He is the type of coach that parents want to entrust their sons with. He will mentor studentathletes off the court, support them in the classroom and make them better people. Donnie will lead the UCF program with class and character." - Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey "Donnie is a great coach who will be very successful at UCF. He taught me so much in my time at Florida, especially about post play, the pick-and-pop and so many other things I've brought with me to the NBA. It's a great hire for UCF, and I'm happy for Donnie to get this opportunity." - Former Florida star and current Atlanta Hawks standout Al Horford "I played for Donnie for four years at Florida, and he taught me as much off the court as he did on. In my opinion, he is one of the best coaching minds in college basketball today, and I wish him nothing but the best at the University of Central Florida." - Former Florida star and current Golden State Warriors standout David Lee "It's a great move for him. I'm happy to see him back in the state of Florida. He's one of the best basketball minds that I have ever been around. He's a real upbeat, positive coach and a great recruiter." - Former Florida star and current Miami Heat standout Udonis Haslem "I think coach Jones will do a great job, he's a great coach. He was real important for us at Florida, especially for us backcourt players -- me, Taurean Green and Lee Humphrey -- he really helped us. I think he'll do a great job at UCF." - Former Florida star and current Minnesota Timberwolves standout Corey Brewer Assistant Coaching Record Year 1992-93 1993-94 1994-95 1995-96 1996-97 1997-98 1998-99 1999-00 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 Overall School Marshall Marshall Marshall Marshall Florida Florida Florida Florida Florida Florida Florida Florida Florida Florida Florida 15 years Overall 16-11 9-18 18-9 17-11 13-17 14-15 22-9 29-8 24-7 22-9 25-8 20-11 24-8 33-6 35-5 321-152 Conference 11-7 7-11 10-4 8-6 5-11 6-10 10-6 12-4 12-4 10-6 12-4 9-7 12-4 10-6 13-3 147-93 Postseason NIT First Round NCAA Sweet 16 NCAA Runner-Up NCAA Second Round NCAA First Round NCAA Second Round NCAA First Round NCAA Second Round NCAA Champions NCAA Champions NBA Players Coached by Donnie Jones Name Hassan Whiteside Marreese Speights Al Horford Corey Brewer Joakim Noah Chris Richard Taurean Green David Lee Christian Drejer Matt Bonner Mike Miller Donnell Harvey Jason Williams Matt Walsh Anthony Roberson Udonis Haslem Draft Position 2010 2nd Round, 33rd 2008 1st Round, 16th 2007 1st Round, 3rd 2007 1st Round, 7th 2007 1st Round, 9th 2007 2nd Round, 41st 2007 2nd Round, 52nd 2005 1st Round, 30th 2004 2nd Round, 51st 2003 2nd Round, 45th 2000 1st Round, 5th 2000 1st Round, 22nd 1998 1st Round, 7th 2006 Free Agent 2005 Free Agent 2003 Free Agent Team Sacramento Philadelphia Atlanta Minnesota Chicago Minnesota Portland New York New Jersey Chicago Orlando New York Sacramento 7 DONNIE JONES' NBA PLAYERS Hassan Whiteside 2010 Draft/Sacramento Marreese Speights 2008 Draft/Philadelphia Al Horford 2007 Draft/Atlanta Corey Brewer 2007 Draft/Minnesota Joakim Noah 2007 Draft/Chicago Chris Richard 2007 Draft/Minnesota Taurean Green 2007 Draft/Portland David Lee 2005 Draft/New York Christian Drejer 2004 Draft/New Jersey Matt Bonner 2003 Draft/Chicago Mike Miller 2000 Draft/Orlando Donnell Harvey 2000 Draft/New York Jason Williams 1998 Draft/Sacramento Matt Walsh 2006 Free Agent Anthony Roberson 2005 Free Agent Udonis Haslem 2003 Free Agent 8 ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH SHAWN FINNEY Arriving with Experience Shawn Finney, who has five years of experience as a head coach in Conference USA, joined head coach Donnie Jones' staff at UCF as an assistant coach in April 2010. Finney spent the previous three campaigns working under Jones as the assistant coach at Marshall. Finney, who was the head coach at Tulane from 2000-05, helped Jones rebuild the program at Marshall. The Mullens, W.Va., native helped the Thundering Herd to one of the top seasons in school history in 2009-10. Marshall went 24-10, including a program-best 11-5 mark in C-USA, and advanced to the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The appearance was the first trip to the postseason in 22 years for the school. Marshall attracted several highly-touted recruits during Finney's tenure, including Hassan Whiteside, who led the country in blocks in 2009-10. He swatted 182 shots, the fourth-most in NCAA single-season history. Whiteside was named both the C-USA Freshman and Defensive Player of the Year, and garnered Freshman All-America Second Team honors from The Sporting News. Sacramento selected the post player with the 33rd overall pick in the 2010 National Basketball Association Draft. Leading a Program During Finney's time leading the Tulane program, every student-athlete he recruited graduated, including 2004-05 C-USA All-Freshman Team selection Taylor Rochestie. During the 2001-02 campaign, Finney led the Green Wave to big wins over Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech. The following year, Tulane again knocked off the Yellow Jackets. Hometown Mullens, W.Va. College Fairmont State, 1985 A National Title at Kentucky Before accepting the job at Tulane, Finney was an assistant coach for Tubby Smith at Tulsa (1991-95), Georgia (199597) and Kentucky (1997-00). In all three of his campaigns at Kentucky, Finney helped the Wildcats advance to the NCAA Tournament, highlighted by the national title in 1998. The Wildcats went 35-4 that season. In Southeastern Conference play, Kentucky recorded a 14-2 mark during the campaign. In two of Finney's three years at Kentucky, the program claimed SEC Tournament titles. During his tenure at the school, Kentucky registered a combined 8623 record. Coaching Career 2010-Present Associate Head Coach, UCF 2007-10 Assistant Coach, Marshall 2006-07 Director of Operations, Kentucky 2000-05 Head Coach, Tulane 1997-00 Assistant Coach, Kentucky 1995-97 Assistant Coach, Georgia 1990-95 Assistant Coach, Tulsa 1987-90 Assistant Coach, RandolphMacon 1986-87 Assistant Coach, Pikeville 1985-86 Assistant Coach, Garrett CC Great Seasons as an Assistant During his two seasons at Georgia, the Bulldogs made two appearances in the NCAA Tournament. While working for Smith at Tulsa, Finney helped the Golden Hurricane claim Missouri Valley Conference titles and spots in the NCAA Tournament twice. Tulsa advanced to the Sweet 16 during both times. After Tulane, he worked as a television analyst for ESPN and then served as the director of basketball operations at Kentucky in 2006-07. Coaching the Best Finney has mentored over a dozen players who have gone on to compete in the NBA. At Kentucky, he mentored standouts like Tayshaun Prince, Jamaal Magloire, Nazr Mohammed, Michael Bradley and Scott Padgett. In previous stops, he coached Shandon Anderson (Georgia) and Shea Seals (Tulsa). When Finney returned to Kentucky in 2006, he worked with Joe Crawford, Randolph Morris and Jodie Meeks, who all went on to NBA careers. Starting Out Finney started his coaching career at Garrett Community College in Maryland in 1985, before moving to Pikeville College in Kentucky for a year. From 1987-90, Finney served as an assistant at Randolph-Macon in Virginia. He graduated from Fairmont State in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in business administration and earned his master's degree in sports management from Tulsa in 1992. Finney's NBA Players Hassan Whiteside (Marshall), Linton Johnson (Tulane), Jamaal Magloire (Kentucky), Nazr Mohammed (Kentucky), Scott Padgett (Kentucky), Tayshaun Prince (Kentucky), Jeff Sheppard (Kentucky), Wayne Turner (Kentucky), Michael Bradley (Kentucky), Shandon Anderson (Georgia), Shea Seals (Tulsa) Jamaal Magloire 9 ASSISTANT COACH DARREN TILLIS Helping the Turnaround Darren Tillis, who spent the previous three campaigns as an assistant coach at Marshall under Donnie Jones, joined the UCF staff in April 2010. Tillis brought 17 years of coaching experience to his position with the Knights. While at Marshall, Tillis helped Jones turnaround the Thundering Herd program. Marshall went 24-10 in 2009-10 and advanced to the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The appearance was the first trip to the postseason for Marshall in 22 years. The team finished the season 11-5 in Conference USA play, tying the Herd for third in the league and serving as the school's best conference finish since 2000-01. Marshall had one of the most prolific offenses in the country and led C-USA in scoring at 79.9 points per game. The team also paced the league and was among the national leaders in field-goal percentage (47.8) and scoring margin (+10.9). Marshall totaled a school-record 2,717 points during the campaign. In three seasons, Tillis helped Marshall compile a 55-41 record. The Herd posted a 16-14 mark in Tillis' first year, giving Marshall its first winning season in seven years. A Big Mentor Tillis served as a mentor for Hassan Whiteside, who led the nation in blocks in 2009-10. The post player recorded 182 blocks, the fourth-most in NCAA single-season history. In C-USA games, he blocked 96 shots in only 16 games. Whiteside was named both the C-USA Freshman and Defensive Player of the Year, and garnered Freshman AllAmerica Second Team honors from The Sporting News. Whiteside was also an Associated Press All-America honorable mention pick. Both Whiteside and fellow big man Tyler Wilkerson were selected to the All-C-USA Second Team at the conclusion of the 2009-10 campaign. After the season, Whiteside was taken by Sacramento with the 33rd overall pick in the National Basketball Association Draft. Hometown Dallas, Texas College Paul Quinn, 1996 Children Christina Moving on Up Before heading to Marshall, Tillis served as an assistant coach at Tennessee State from 2003-07. Tillis was an assistant coach at Clemson from 1998-03. During his time with the Tigers, Tillis coached several players who went on to the NBA, including Harold Jamison and Will Solomon. In his first year at Clemson, the Tigers went 20-15 and reached the postseason National Invitation Tournament finals. A native of Dallas, Tillis began his coaching career in Europe as the head coach of Ockelbo Basket in Sweden from 1993-95. He entered the college coaching ranks in 1995, spending a year at SMU as an assistant. While living in Dallas, he finished his undergraduate degree at Paul Quinn College, receiving a bachelor's of arts in history in 1996. From 1997-98, he worked as an assistant at Wyoming. Coaching Career 2010-Present Assistant Coach, UCF 2007-10 Assistant Coach, Marshall 2003-07 Assistant Coach, Tenn. State 1998-03 Assistant Coach, Clemson 1997-98 Assistant Coach, Wyoming 1995-96 Assistant Coach, SMU 1993-95 Head Coach, Ockelbo (Sweden) From Cleveland State to the NBA Tillis played collegiately at Cleveland State and was selected with the 23rd overall pick of the 1982 NBA Draft by Boston. He spent two years in the NBA, playing with the Celtics, Cleveland and Golden State. He appeared in 124 games as an NBA player, and scored 425 points, blocked 90 shots and grabbed 314 rebounds. Tillis then played professionally in Europe, starting with a four-year stint in the Italian League, where he won a pair of titles. He concluded his professional career in the Spanish League from 1988-90. Tillis was a four-year starter at Cleveland State. As a senior, he averaged 17.3 points and 12.8 rebounds and was an All-America honorable mention selection by The Sporting News. Inducted into the Cleveland State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999, Tillis ranks first in school history in career blocked shots (171), second in rebounds (1,045) and fourth in scoring (1,423). He is the proud father of Christina Tillis. Tillis' NBA Players Hassan Whiteside (Marshall), Will Solomon (Clemson), Harold Jamison (Clemson) Hassan Whiteside 10 ASSISTANT COACH TIM THOMAS Arriving in Orlando Tim Thomas, who is in his first campaign as an assistant coach at UCF, joined head coach Donnie Jones in Orlando in April 2010. Thomas came to UCF after spending three years as the director of operations at Marshall, where he worked under Jones. Thomas originally came to UCF as the program's director of basketball operations, but was promoted to an assistant coach in May 2010. Success at Marshall During Thomas' time in Marshall, the Thundering Herd showed great improvement each season, highlighted by a 24-10 campaign in 2009-10. The Thundering Herd went 11-5 in Conference USA play and participated in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The tournament marked Marshall's first trip to the postseason in 22 years. At Marshall, Thomas managed team travel, practice coordination, scouting video and film exchange and assisted the coaching staff in day-to-day operations. Prep Power Before moving to Marshall, Thomas enjoyed great success on the prep level. From 2005-07, he served as the athletics director and associate head coach for the postgraduate team at The Patterson School in North Carolina. In Thomas' two campaigns as the associate head coach, the school went 69-7. He was also the varsity head coach in 2005-06, leading his squad to a 25-4 mark. Before moving to The Patterson School, Thomas was the athletics director and associate head coach at the Laurinburg Institute in North Carolina. During his tenure, the school produced 30 Division I signees and in 2004-05 finished the year 40-0 after averaging 101.6 points per contest. That season, Laurinburg claimed the U.S. Prep School National Championship. During Thomas' two years at Laurinburg, the team went 71-6. Thomas' teams went 140-13 during his time as a prep school coach. Hometown Wheeling, W.Va. College Wheeling Jesuit, 1993 Wife Melissa Children Kaylin, Taylor, Grace Preparing Players for the Pros At his two prep school stops, Thomas mentored several players who went on to compete in the NBA. At Patterson he coached Jordan Hill, and while at Laurinburg worked with Antonio Anderson, Joey Dorsey and Shawne Williams. Hill, who attended Arizona, and Williams, who like Anderson and Dorsey went to Memphis, were first-round selections. Robert Dozier, who played under Thomas at Laurinburg before moving to Memphis, was also selected in the draft. At Marshall, Thomas had the opportunity to work with Hassan Whiteside, who was tabbed by Sacramento with the 33rd overall pick in the 2010 draft. Coaching Career 2010-Present Assistant Coach, UCF 2007-10 Director of Operations, Marshall 2005-07 AD/Associate Head Coach, The Patterson School 2003-05 AD/Associate Head Coach, Laurinburg Institute 2001-02 Women's Head Coach, West Virginia Tech 1994-01 Assistant Coach, West Virginia Tech College Coaching Experience A native of Wheeling, W.Va., Thomas worked at West Virginia University Institute of Technology from 1994-03, serving in a number of different roles, including women's basketball head coach from 2001-03. He was an assistant men's basketball coach from 1994-01. Thomas took over a 7-19 team when he became the women's head coach and led the program to a first-round home game in the conference tournament, the school's most wins in a decade and the Golden Bears' first winning season since the early 1990s. Thomas graduated from Wheeling Jesuit College in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics. For two years, he was a member of the Cardinals' basketball squad. He is married to the former Melissa Edwards, and the couple has two daughters - Taylor Bre and Grace Marie. Thomas also has a daughter, Kaylin. Thomas' NBA Players Hassan Whiteside (Marshall), Jordan Hill (Patterson), Antonio Anderson (Laurinburg), Joey Dorsey (Laurinburg), Shawne Williams (Laurinburg) Jordan Hill 11 DIRECTOR OF BASKETBALL OPERATIONS MICAH BYARS A Variety of Roles at UCF The longest-tenured member of the UCF staff, Micah Byars is in his fifth year as the program's director of basketball operations. In his current position, Byars, who has 11 years of experience in the college ranks, manages UCF's travel coordination and helps operate the Donnie Jones Basketball Camps. He also assists with on-campus recruiting and helps monitor the Knights' academic progress. Since Byars arrived at UCF, 17 Knights have garnered Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll recognition. During the 2009-10 campaign, nine UCF players received honor roll status as the team posted the top GPA of any men's basketball squad in the league. Several Knights have also earned individual accolades for their play during Byars' tenue. Keith Clanton and Marcus Jordan were C-USA All-Freshman Team picks last season. In 2008-09, Jermaine Taylor received several awards, including Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention recognition, C-USA Player of the Year honors and spots on the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District II Team and the Uni