MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - This marks the fourth and final installation in a series providing an outlook for the Georgia College & State University men's basketball (3-0) season. Today's edition focuses on the senior class.
The three seniors on the 2008-09 Georgia College & State University men's basketball roster each bring vastly different styles of play to the Bobcats, coming together to provide plenty of victories.
Two-guard Shaun Keaton (Albany, Ga.) is simply an electric scorer. One of the best long-distance shooters in program history, Keaton moved into second place in three-pointers made in his last outing, now owning 164 makes from behind the arc. He also stands just 60 points out of the 1,000-point club at GCSU, thanks in part to a career-high 27 he scored against Tusculum College.
"Shaun has made great strides on defense and rebounding to become a more complete player for us," said GCSU head coach Terry Sellers. "He's one of the best shooters we've had in the program, and is providing good senior leadership."
Guard Ken Kemp (Dublin, Ga.) has been forced to play much larger than his 6-foot-3 frame, leading the Bobcats this season in rebounding and matching up with other team's post players. The team's best defender is typically matched with the opposing team's best player, whether he is a guard or post. Kemp recorded a double-double in the season lid-lifter against Fort Valley State University with 12 points and 13 boards.
"Ken is providing good senior leadership," said Sellers. "He has come so far in his four years with the program. He gets the job done as a defensive stopper because of his determination."
Justin Brown (New Orleans) is in his second season after transferring from Manatee Community College in Bradenton, Fla. Another 40-plus percent shooter from behind the arc, Brown came off the bench to average 6.9 points per game a year ago. He's already had two double-digit scoring games this season, including a team-high 18 against Tusculum.
"Justin was a great contributor a year ago, and was key in many wins for us," said Sellers. "He's prepared to contribute even more this season, and has really embraced the role of providing a spark for us off the bench."
Another senior member of the Bobcat basketball program, Chuck Eason will be joining the huddle as a student-assistant coach. A valuable member of the point guard depth chart last season after transferring from St. John's River Community College, he has been sidelined by a series of injuries and will assist the squad from the bench.
The Bobcat senior trio has played a part in 54 victories over parts of the last four seasons, including the 3-0 record this year. With dynamic scoring and shut-down style defense, this group is poised to lead the Bobcats toward team goals of post-season play and Peach Belt Conference (PBC) titles.
The Bobcats return to action Monday, Dec. 8 hosting Carver Bible College at 7:30 p.m.
The GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 NCAA Division II athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Georgia College prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Follow the Bobcats and their positive impact on the Milledgeville community at www.gcsu.edu/bobcats.