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Friday, August 27th, 2010 - 9:50 am

Men’s Basketball Preview

Future appears bright for men’s basketball

Despite a freshmen-filled roster, Purdue Calumet’s men’s basketball team generated a five-game improvement—to 8-19—in 2009-10 over the previous season. Seven letter winners, including four starters, and a gifted group of newcomers highlight the 2010-11 roster.

Michael Patton dunking

Veteran Patton brings plenty of upside.

Seniors Neal Hudson and Michael Patton headline the returnees for third-year head coach Dan Voudrie. Hudson earned All-Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference II Honorable Mention honors in his first season at Purdue Calumet, averaging 13.8 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Patton posted respective numbers of 7.1 and 6.0 as a junior.

Purdue Calumet has depth at shooting guard, led by sophomore returnees Jordan Champion and Kedric Williams. Champion is among the top three-point threats in the conference, having set a Peregrine freshmen record with 65 trifectas last season; Williams averaged 11 points a game in the final 11 contests.

Bo Ray and Rob Williams are experienced point guards. Low post player Kameron Bright returns after sitting out the spring semester. During the first 10 games, he averaged 12.8 points and 7.4 rebounds.

Heading the newcomers list is transfer and former all-conference player Andrew Anderson. Also looking to contribute are freshmen Brandon Bradford, Terrell Frank, Derek Kappas, Thomas Pierce, Ty Miller and Judson University transfer Trent Tucker.

“Our new guys each bring their own unique skill set to the team,” Voudrie said. “However, the most impressive thing they bring is their understanding of the effort and sacrifice that winning requires, having each played for very successful high school programs.”

The Peregrines open the 2010-11 campaign hosting their second annual Tip-Off Classic, Nov. 5-6, facing foes Indiana University Northwest and Taylor University.