MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - This marks the third installation in a four-part series providing an outlook for the Georgia College & State University men's basketball (3-0) season. Today's edition focuses on the junior class.
The four-member junior class provides a pair of starters and one of the top scorers off the bench for the 2008-09 Bobcats.
Guard Graham Martin (Marietta, Ga.) is on the verge of becoming an all-conference type player. The two-guard turned it on in the latter part of the season in 2006-07, and ended up leading the Bobcats in scoring for Peach Belt Conference (PBC) games at 15.8 per contest. He's had three double-digit scoring games this season, highlighted by an 18-point effort to start the year against Fort Valley State University.
"Graham was one of our hardest workers in the off season," said head coach Terry Sellers. "He's a tough competitor, a hard worker and we're expecting even more from him this season."
Point guard Ty Rowland (Lilburn, Ga.) improved leaps and bounds over his rookie season, and wound up starting 21 of the team's 29 games a year ago. His 80 assists led the squad, and he hit well from long-range, a .467 clip. This season, he's battled back from an offseason medical setback to provide solid point guard play, averaging nearly seven assists a game, including a near-school record 12 helps in the season opener.
"Ty had a great summer before being set back a bit by his surgery," said Sellers. "If he continues to step up his play, he can become one of the top point guards in the PBC."
Jake Rios (Bozeman, Mt.) is the only junior college transfer the Bobcats brought in this season. The wing is an excellent three-point marksman, and has provided a strong sixth-man spark off the bench. A two-time all-conference guard at Miles Community College in Miles City, Mt., Rios has scored double-digits in each game this season and is averaging 12.3 per contest.
"Jake is responding well to a new role for him as a sixth man," said Sellers. "He is an excellent shooter, and has already proven to be a valuable addition to our program."
Jordan Poole (Warner Robins, Ga.) has been itching to get back to action after sitting out last year for transfer guidelines. Another strong outside shooter, Poole will see his first court action in the spring semester.
"Jordan brings a great deal of enthusiasm to the team," said Sellers. "He loves the game and is working hard to earn some playing time."
Plenty of strong backcourt play comes from the Bobcat junior class, helping to give Georgia College some of the best guards in the PBC. Tomorrow's final of the four-part series will cover the three Bobcat seniors.
The Bobcats return to action Monday, Dec. 8 hosting Carver Bible College at 7:30 p.m.
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