HIRAM, OHIO — The 2010-11 Hiram College men’s basketball team will have the luxury of a very experienced team as all five starters return this season from a year ago. The Terriers will also feature nine upperclassmen, including five seniors.
It was a bit of an up-and-down season for Hiram last winter as the Terriers ended the year with a 12-13 overall record and 9-7 in the NCAC. The Terriers also qualified for the conference tournament for the fourth consecutive season.
Amongst the returning players, Hiram will be led again this season by senior two-time All-NCAC guard Chris Roberts (Cleveland/John F. Kennedy). Roberts led the team and was 10th overall in the conference in scoring last year at 14.2 points per game. He was also amongst the team leaders in field goal percentage (41.9 percent), free-throw percentage (72.2 percent), assists (55) and steals (29). Roberts also needs 78 points this season to become the 22nd player in school history to score 1,000 points during his career.
In addition to Roberts, look for seniors Babajide Eniola (Washington, D.C./Seed Charter), Hassan Muhammad (Akron/Buchtel), Nick Russo (Strongsville/St. Peter Chanel), Glenn Campbell (Akron/Buchtel) and Deon Milton (Oxon Hill, Md./Seed Charter) to make up the core of the starting rotation.
At the forward position, Eniola and Muhammad will anchor the Terriers following a season that saw Eniola average 9.2 ppg. and a team-leading 7.6 rpg. Muhammad averaged a strong 5.7 ppg. and was third in rebounding at 4.6 rpg. Eniola’s 7.6 rpg. ranked in the top-five in the NCAC. Eniola also led the team in steals (31) and was amongst the team leaders in field goal percentage (40.0 percent) and blocks (10). Muhammad led the squad in blocks (16) in addition to being second in field goal percentage at 44.0 percent (55-of-125). Also expected to see significant playing time this season will be junior Chris Meyer (Chagrin Falls/Kenston). Meyer had a solid first season with the Terriers, averaging 6.8 ppg. while grabbing 4.2 rpg. His 54.6 shot percentage (71-of-130) led the team and he was second in blocks with 15. In addition, sophomores Steve Zivoder (Garrettsville/Garfield) and Coty Collier (Bedford Hegihts/St. Peter Chanel) will provide depth at the forward position.
In the backcourt, Russo, Campbell and Milton will join Roberts as the leaders at the guard position. Campbell finished second on the team in scoring at 9.6 ppg. and was third in assists with 37. He was also amongst the team leaders in three-point shooting with a 33.3 shot percentage (25-of-75). Milton averaged 6.0 ppg. last season behind 38.9 percent shooting (56-of-144) from the floor, was third in triples made (29) and was second in three-point percentage (35.4 percent). Russo tallied a team-high 80 assists as the team’s starting point guard in 2009-10 and ranked sixth in the NCAC. He also averaged 4.4 ppg. with an impressive 58.3 shooting percentage (49-of-84) and had 12 steals defensively.
Also featured at the guard position this season will be junior Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush). Watkins had a strong “sophomore season” last year providing depth coming off the bench and averaging 4.4 ppg. and 3.5 rpg. He shot an impressive 58.3 percent (49-of-84) from the floor. Also looking to make an impact this season will be sophomores Tom Herchek (Randolph/ Waterloo), Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth), Randy Jenkins (Cleveland/Treasure Coast) and Justin Wisniewski (Macedonia/Nordonia). Sheppard made an immediate impact as a freshman playing all 26 games and averaging 5.2 ppg. He led the team in three-pointers made with 32 and shot 32.3 percent (32-of-99) from behind the arc.
Hiram will have a host of players on the bench this season as 11 newcomers join the program this winter, including sophomore forward Chris Zurowski (Medina) and freshman guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) who could make an immediate impact for the Terriers. Also looking to make his return to the team this season will be junior Andrew Wiegand (Amherst/ Firelands). Wiegand did not play last season, but averaged 8.4 ppg. and led the team in three-pointers made (47) as a freshman.
The Terriers open the 2010-11 campaign on Monday, Nov. 15 when they host the University of Mount Union in a non-conference game at Price Gymnasium in the home opener. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at email@example.com.