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University of the Ozarks 2018-19 men's basketball Media Guide

ASC Championship Tournament: 2014-2015, 2005-2006, 2004-2005, 2001-2002, 2000-2001, 1999-2000

Head Coach Travis Carruthers

  • Improved team defensive statistics by holding opponents to six fewer points per game than the previous season
  • Team averaged more rebounds than the previous season
  • Had three players achieve ASC Academic All-Conference (2017-18)
  • One player earned All-Conference (2017-18)
  • Had one player make the ASC All-Freshman Team (2017-18)

Assistant Coach Blake Arbogast

  • Helped team improve defensively by holding opponents to six fewer points per game than the previous season
  • Three players achieved ASC Academic All-Conference (2017-18) during his time as an assistant
  • One player earned All-Conference and another made the ASC All-Freshman Team last season

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  • 1 Bryson Johnson - Guard - Sophomore - 5-11 - 175
  • 2 Jacobe Davis - Guard - Sophomore - 6-1 -160
  • 3 Cordy Winston - Guard - Junior - 5-8 - 160
  • 4 Javian Williams - Guard - Freshman - 5-6 - 120
  • 5 Zach Bobo - Guard - Sophomore - 6-5 - 180
  • 10 Clay Conley - Forward - Senior - 6-5 - 200
  • 11 Ethan Bowman - Forward - Sophomore - 6-5 - 210
  • 12 Deon Blakemore Jr. - Guard - Freshman - 6-0 - 160
  • 14 Javion Collins - Guard - Freshman - 5-9 - 140
  • 15 Skyler Barnes - Forward - Senior - 6-3 - 210
  • 20 Lance Gardner - Forward - Senior - 6-7 - 205
  • 21 Darnel Renelique - Forward - Freshman - 6-2 - 200
  • 22 Kelvin Knight - Forward - Junior - 6-5 - 225
  • 23 Derrick Godley - Guard - Sophomore - 5-11 - 180
  • 25 Sean Cohns - Forward - Freshman - 6-6 - 220
  • 32 Tim Turpin - Forward - Sophomore - 6-6 - 185
  • 33 Kaper Shean - Guard - Freshman - 6-3 - 145
  • 35 Cory Wilhelm - Forward - Junior - 6-7 - 250
  • 44 Josh Price - Guard - Freshman - 6-2 - 165
  • 55 Hunter Wright - Guard - Freshman - 6-2 - 160
  • Kenneth Williams - Guard - Junior - 5-8 - 150

The PLAYERS

SENIORS

#15 Skyler Barnes

  • Height: 6-3
  • Weight: 210
  • Year: Senior
  • Hometown: Farmington, Ark.
  • High School: Farmington HS
  • Position: Forward
  • 2017-2018: Started in 14 games and averaged 8.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Ranked second on the team in rebounding. His rebound average ranked among the top-20 in the conference. Hit 30-of-74 (40.5%) from the three-point line. Scored in double figures ten times. Had 19 points behind a 5-of-6 effort from the three-point line. Made a three-pointer in 20 games. Hit at least one three in his final 12 games of the season. Hit 100 percent from long-range in three games. Had 17 points on 7-of-14 from the floor. Had 10 rebounds against Hendrix College and then came back the next game to pull down 13 boards against Dominican. Had five or more rebounds 17 times. Dished out 6 assists against four different opponents.
  • 2016-2017: Played in all 25 games. Hit 73 percent from the free throw line. Scored 11 points and hit 3-of-5 from the three-point line against Baptist Bible. Made all of his shots from the field against Little Rock. Made a three-pointer in nine different games. Had a season-high nine rebounds against Texas Dallas. Grabbed a rebound in 23 games.
  • 2015-2016: Played in 10 games. Hit 4-of-7 from the floor and scored 9 points against Champion Christian College. Pulled down 7 rebounds against Crowley's Ridge. Had 5 rebounds against Texas Dallas. Recorded 2 steals on two different occasions.
  • Farmington HS: Averaged 13.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game as a senior. Named All-Conference, All Dream Team and team captain twice during prep career. Helped team to conference championship twice. Team won district his sophomore season.

#10 Clay Conley

  • Height: 6-5
  • Weight: 200
  • Year: Senior
  • Hometown: Roland, Okla.
  • High School: Roland HS
  • Position: Forward
  • 2017-2018: Played in 22 games with one start. Averaged over three points per game and hit seven three-pointers during the season. Hit 5-of-11 from the floor and scored 10 points against Hendrix College. Made two three-pointers and scored eight points against NCAA I University of Central Arkansas. Made all of his shots and scored seven points against Texas-Dallas. Pulled down five rebounds against LeTourneau.
  • 2016-2017: Played in 15 games and hit 43 percent of his shots from the field. Went 3-of-6 from the floor and scored six points against Baptist Bible. Also pulled down five rebounds in that game. Dished out two assists against East Texas Baptist.
  • 2015-2016: Played in 10 games. Averaged nearly 3.0 points per game and nearly 2.0 rebounds per game. Hit 50 percent from the field.
  • Roland HS: Averaged 13.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game as a senior. Named to the Sequoyah County All-Tournament Team and the Fort Smith Radio Group All-Basketball Team his junior and senior season. Earned a spot on the Southwest Times Record All-Area Team and NOAA All-Conference Team his senior campaign. Helped team to four Sequoyah County Tournament Championships during prep career. Helped team to a district championship three times and regional championship two times. Helped team to state championship game his sophomore year and state tournament his freshman year. Team won Tournament of Champions and NEO Tournament during prep career.

Juniors

#22 Kelvin Knight

  • Height: 6-5
  • Weight: 225
  • Year: Junior
  • Hometown: Katy, Texas
  • High School: Morton Ranch HS
  • Position: Forward
  • 2017-2018: Played in eight games and averaged 9.8 points and 3.3 rebounds before suffering an injury. Shot 53 percent from the field. Hit 16-of-20 (80%) from the free throw line. Had three straight 12-point outputs early in the season. Pulled down at least three rebounds in every game. Member of the ASC All-Academic Team.
  • 2016-2017: Saw action in four games. Hit 2-of-3 shots and scored eight points against Baptist Bible. Went 4-for-4 from the free throw line in that game.
  • Morton Ranch HS: Averaged 14.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game as a senior. Named District Honorable Mention and earned the PALS MVP award his senior season.

#35 Cory Wilhelm

  • Height: 6-7
  • Weight: 250
  • Year: Junior
  • Hometown: Ratcliff, Ark.
  • High School: County Line HS
  • Position: Forward
  • 2017-2018: Started in 8 games and played in 9 before suffering an injury. Averaged 4.2 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. Shot 18-of-26 (69.2%) from the floor. Had 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field against Principia. Scored ten points on 5-of-6 from the floor against McMurry. Had three blocks against Hendrix College, including the game-saving block with four seconds left. Member of the ASC All-Academic Team.
  • 2016-2017: Played in 14 games. Grabbed 11 rebounds.
  • County Line HS: Averaged 18.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals per game as a senior. Made the All-State Tournament Team, was named an All-State, All-Region, and an All-Conference performer his senior season. Finished his prep career as a four-time All-Conference, two-time All-State and All-State Tournament team player. Helped team to two runner-up finishes in the district tournament, two district championships and two regional championships.

Kenneth Williams

  • Height: 5-8
  • Weight: 150
  • Year: Junior
  • Hometown: Houston, Texas
  • High School: Jamie’s House Charter
  • Position: Guard
  • 2017-18: Played in 19 games with four starts. Dished out four assists against LeTourneau January 25. Handed out two assists against four opponents. Had three rebounds, two assists, two steals and scored seven points against LeTourneau February 3. Went 3-for-8 from the field in that game. Made all of his field goal and free throw attempts to score six points against East Texas Baptist.
  • Arkansas Baptist University: Averaged 10.6 points, 6.0 assists, 6 rebounds and 4 steals per game.

Sophomores

#5 Zach Bobo

  • Height: 6-5
  • Weight: 180
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Jacksonville, Ark.
  • High School: Jacksonville Lighthouse Prep
  • Position: Guard
  • 2017-2018: Named to the ASC East Division All-Freshman Team. Finished second on the team in scoring (10.5) and third in rebounding (5.0) in 25 games. Hit 33 three-pointers, third-most on the team, and had 20 blocks. Scored in double figures 14 times and hit a three-pointer in 20 games. Hit 8-of-10 from the field and scored 18 points against University of Dallas. Had a season-high 23 points against Howard Payne University and then had 19 points and 13 rebounds against Belhaven University.
  • Jacksonville Lighthouse Prep: Averaged 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists per game. Named All-Conference and earned a spot on the All-State Tournament Team. Led team to a Regional Championship. Helped team to a District runner-up finish and the State Tournament.

#11 Ethan Bowman

  • Height: 6-5
  • Weight: 210
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Ozark, Ark.
  • High School: Ozark HS
  • Position: Forward
  • 2017-2018: Appeared in seven games after transferring in at semester. Hit 3-of-5 from the three-point line and made 52 percent of his field goals. Averaged 4.1 points per game. Scored nine points behind a 3-of-5 effort from the floor against East Texas Baptist. Grabbed two rebounds in three different games.
  • Ozark HS: Made the 2017 All State Basketball Team for Class 4A. Was a two-time All-Conference selection and named to the Second Team All-Star Prep Team and was also a member of the Best of River Valley Team. Named MVP of the Bank of Ozarks Tournament during his senior season. Named to the Arkansas Activities Association All-Star Game. Averaged 20.7 points, 3.1 assists, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. Had a season high 36 points against Booneville to go along with 12 rebounds. He scored a combined 1,012 points his junior and senior season.

#1 Bryson Johnson

  • Height: 5-11
  • Weight: 175
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Katy, Texas
  • High School: Morton Ranch HS
  • Position: Guard
  • 2017-2018: Started in 18 games and played in all 25. Led the team in assists (107) and assists per game (4.3). Averaged 8.3 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. Hit 13 three-pointers. Scored in double figures ten times. Hit a three-pointer in ten games. Scored 19 points on a 6-of-9 performance from the floor against Concordia. Also made 6-of-9 field goals against Howard Payne to score 18 points. Dished out nine assists against East Texas Baptist and eight against Principia. Had five or more dimes 13 times. Had four steals against Mary Hardin-Baylor. Had seven rebounds against Hardin-Simmons.

#32 Tim Turpin

  • Height: 6-6
  • Weight: 185
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Cypress, Texas
  • High School: Cy-Fair HS
  • Position: Forward
  • 2017-2018: Started in 16 games and played in 23. Averaged 8.0 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. Hit 82-of-137 (59.9%) from the floor, ranking seventh in the conference in highest field goal percentages. Hit 32 percent from the three-point line. Had 17 blocks. Scored in double figures seven times. Made all of his shots from the field in four different games. Went a perfect 9-for-9 and scored 18 points against Concordia. Had 20 points against Belhaven. Pulled down 11 rebounds against Hardin-Simmons. Recorded five blocks against Howard Payne.
  • Cy-Fair HS: Averaged 6.8 points, 13.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game as a senior. Named to the All-District Honorable Mention and was an Academic All-District selection. Helped team to a State Playoff appearance.

Newcomers

#12 Deon Blakemore Jr.

  • Height: 6-0
  • Weight: 160
  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Woodlands, Texas
  • High School: The College Park
  • Position: Guard

#25 Sean Cohns

  • Height: 6-6
  • Weight: 220
  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Little Rock, Ark.
  • High School: McClellan HS
  • Position: Forward

#14 Javion Collins

  • Height: 5-9
  • Weight: 140
  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Little Rock, Ark.
  • High School: Baptist Prep
  • Position: Guard

#2 Jacobe Davis

  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 160
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Little Rock, Ark.
  • High School: Allen JC
  • Position: Guard

#20 Lance Gardner

  • Height: 6-7
  • Weight: 205
  • Year: Senior
  • Hometown: Watertown, Minn.
  • High School: Roseville HS
  • Position: Forward

#23 Derrick Godley

  • Height: 5-11
  • Weight: 180
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Katy, Texas
  • High School: Lonestar College
  • Position: Guard

#44 Josh Price

  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 165
  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Malvern, Ark.
  • High School: Magnet Cove HS
  • Position: Guard

#21 Darnel Renelique

  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 200
  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Katy, Texas
  • High School: Lonestar College
  • Position: Forward

#33 Kaper Shean

  • Height: 6-3
  • Weight: 145
  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Burkburnett, Texas
  • High School: Burkburnett HS
  • Position: Guard

#4 Javian Williams

  • Height: 5-6
  • Weight: 120
  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Aubrey, Texas
  • High School: Little Elm HS
  • Position: Guard

#3 Cordy Winston

  • Height: 5-8
  • Weight: 160
  • Year: Junior
  • Hometown: Sherwood, Ark.
  • High School: Sylvan Hills HS/Allen JC
  • Position: Guard

#44 Hunter Wright

  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 160
  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Springdale, Ark.
  • High School: Har-Ber HS
  • Position: Guard

NCAA Division III

The college experience is a time of learning and growth — a chance to follow passions and develop potential. For student-athletes in Division III, all of this happens most importantly in the classroom and through earning an academic degree. The Division III experience provides for passionate participation in a competitive athletic environment, in which student-athletes push themselves to excellence and build upon their academic success with new challenges and life skills. And student-athletes are encouraged to pursue their full passions and find their potential through a comprehensive educational experience.

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2018-19 Schedule

  • Nov. 6 vs Williams Baptist (Exhibition)
  • Nov. 9 at Rhodes College
  • Nov. 12 at University of Central Arkansas (Exhibition)
  • Nov. 20 vs University of Dallas
  • Nov. 23 vs Webster (Webster Classic)
  • Nov. 24 vs Westminster (Webster Classic)
  • Nov. 27 at Hendrix
  • Dec. 1 at Texas-Tyler
  • Dec. 3 vs *McMurry
  • Dec. 5 vs *Hardin-Simmons
  • Dec. 15 at *Mary Hardin-Baylor
  • Dec. 17 at *Concordia University Texas
  • Dec. 29 at Oglethorpe (Comfort Inn Holiday Classic)
  • Dec. 30 vs Sewanee (Comfort Inn Holiday Classic)
  • Jan. 3 vs *Howard Payne
  • Jan. 5 vs *Sul Ross State
  • Jan. 10 at *Belhaven
  • Jan. 12 at *Louisiana College
  • Jan. 19 vs *Texas-Dallas
  • Jan. 21 vs Texas-Tyler
  • Jan. 24 vs *LeTourneau
  • Jan. 26 vs *East Texas Baptist
  • Jan. 31 at *East Texas Baptist
  • Feb. 2 at *LeTourneau
  • Feb. 7 at *Texas-Dallas
  • Feb. 14 vs *Louisiana College
  • Feb. 16 vs *Belhaven
  • Feb. 21-23 ASC Championship Tournament

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