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2012-13 ORU Men’s Basketball Fact Book

2012-13 Season Outlook The 2012-13 season will be a first in many ways for the ORU men’s basketball team. Most notably, it will be the first season of competition in the Southland Conference for the Golden Eagles, having played in the Mid-Continent/Summit League for the previous 15 years. As many as nine players could see the court in an ORU jersey for the first time, with six of those seeing their first collegiate action. That said, hopes are high for the Golden Eagles coming off a record-breaking 27-7 season and a regular season conference championship, which earned ORU a berth in the NIT.With two starters returning (Warren Niles and Damen Bell-Holter), there is experience in the wings, led by 2012 Summit League Sixth Man of the Year Steven Roundtree. Mikey Manghum and Jake Lliteras, both of whom averaged around 10 minutes per game last year, will also return. “I think we have a really good nucleus coming back,” said Head Coach Scott Sutton.“ I think we are really good at positions two through five, when you look at Warren Niles, who I think will really blossom, a transfer in Shawn Glover who is extremely talented and then Steven Roundtree and Damen Bell-Holter who have a ton of experience inside, it gives us a great group coming back. Those four give us a good core coming back. We need the other guys, Mikey, Jake and D.J. to have a great off season. We signed a number of guys that have a chance to come in and play immediately. And I’m excited about Korey Billbury, I think he can come in and play because of his toughness and he has good strength for a young player.” Perhaps the most notable incoming freshman is Oklahoma product Corbin Byford, who was named the Jim Thorpe Award winner as the best player in the state after the All-State game. He is only the second player to attend ORU after winning the award, with three-time All-American Caleb Green being the other. Point Guard The point guard position went up for grabs with the graduation of Roderick Pearson, who started all 34 games last year. The early favorites returning backup Mikey Manghum, or Jackson, who was able to practice with the team last year during a redshirt season. “The point guard position is our biggest question mark going into the season,” said Sutton. “We are really high on D.J. and Mikey. D.J. was able to practice with us and gained some valuable experience and probably has a better grasp on how we operate and how we want to run things. The first month of practice is going to be very important to see how they get acclimated to our system.” Shooting Guard The starting spot likely belongs to the 1,000-point scorer Niles, who started all 34 games last season and should easily move into the top-10 in career scoring at ORU in his senior season. Billbury and Manghum will also see significant minutes at the two-guard position. “We have one of the most experienced players in the conference in Warren Niles,” said Sutton.“He has started every game since his freshman year and has scored a bunch of points. We feel good about what he can accomplish this year after having played in the shadow of Dominique Morrison for the past few years. I think you’ll see his points per game average increase this year. Behind him we have Billbury, who is very talented and very strong for a freshman. He has a lot of confidence and will continue to improve.We also have a great combo guard in Manghum, who is probably our best perimeter defender and will be in the rotation as well.” Small Forward Perhaps the biggest loss and most promise come at the same position. The departure of Dominique Morrison, who finished his four-year career with honorable mention All-American honors and as the fifth-leading scorer in the history of ORU, opens the door for Glover, who has shown the ability to take over the role of the main scorer. Newcomers Byford and Brandon Conley could see time at either of the forward positions. “We lost a special player in Dominique Morrison, but we feel good about what we return in Glover,” said Sutton.“He is an excellent scorer with great size and great experience. He will step in and make an immediate impact. Jake was a part of our rotation last year and has good experience and I think will continue to get better. Then we have two guys who may play multiple positions in Conley and Byford. Both are tremendous athletes for freshmen. Again, it will probably depend on that first month but both have a very high ceiling. One or both will definitely be in the rotation this year.” Page 58


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2012-13 ORU MBB Fact Book  
2012-13 ORU MBB Fact Book  

Information about the 2012-13 ORU Men's Basketball Team