Tom Zamonski (@tomzamonski)
Drexel, the Colonial Athletic Association’s preseason favorite, will open their 2012-2013 campaign against Kent St. For a Dragons preview click here, but here’s a peek at the Dragons’ first opponent of the season:
The Golden Flashes are led by Rob Senderoff, who is entering his second season as head coach. In Senderoff’s first year, he coached his team to a 21-12 (10-6) record that was good enough for fourth place in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) East division.
Kent St. is a very young and inexperienced team as they are only returning 34 percent of its minutes played and one starter from a year ago. Randal Holt is the single returning starter. Holt is a 6-1, 170-pound guard that will be entering his fourth season as a member of the Golden Flashes. Holt averaged 12.7 points, 2.6 assists, and 1.4 steals a game during his junior season. It will be interesting to see how Holt fares against Drexel’s best perimeter defender, Derrick Thomas.
The other players that could join Holt in the starting backcourt for the Golden Flashes include Kris Brewer and Bryson Pope.
Brewer is entering his sophomore season at Kent St. following a season in which he got his feet wet at the collegiate level. During his freshman season he appeared in 28 games and averaged 10 minutes a game. In that time Brewer averaged 2.5 points and 1.4 rebounds. In Kent St.’s preseason game against Rochesterm he scored 18 points while coming off the bench.
Pope is a junior that sat out last season as a transfer from the University of Tulsa. In 2011, Pope helped lead Tulsa to the NIT while averaging 6.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.3 assists a game.
Joining Holt as the other guaranteed starter for Kent St. is Chris Evans. Evans, a 6-8 forward, will be one of the anchors of the Golden Flashes’ frontcourt. Last season he saw action in all 33 contests for Coach Senderoff. Evans averaged 9.5 points and 4.1 rebounds while shooting 54.3 perfect from the field.
Expected to be starting with Holt in the frontcourt is Mark Henniger. Henniger is a 6-9 junior that played in 23 games last season and started in seven of those contests. He averaged 2.4 points and grabbed 1.4 boards a game last year for Kent St.
Kent St. has had some good fortune in recent years during season openers as they are currently on a four-game season-opener winning streak. One of those four wins included last year’s impressive victory in which they went down to Morgantown and knocked off West Virginia 70-60.
Kent St. has also won its past six home openers.
The last and only other time that these schools have faced off was in 2011, a 73-66 Drexel win. In that game, Kent St.’s Holt registered 10 points while Drexel’s Ruffin put up a double-double by netting 10 points and snatching 11 rebounds.
Tip off begins at 7:00 from the Memorial Athletic & Convocation Center in Kent, Oh.