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SUFFOLK MEN'S BASKETBALL 2019-20 SEASON PREVIEW

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men's basketball, the 74th season

It’s a new year. We feel good about the experience of our returners. We’re focused on playing up to our standard every day.

COACH'S COurt

Jeff Juron, reigning GNAC coach of the year, returns to the floor for his fifth season at the helm of the Rams.

Juron rounds out the coaching staff with the return of Dana Harris, and Logan Liberty; while adding assistant coach Joe Sharkey and graduate assistant Denis Tobin to the bench.

PRESEASON PREDICTIONS

Suffolk, who received its first first-place nod in recent history, gathered 111 total points in a vote by the league's 12 head coaches to be projected fourth in the GNAC Preseason Coaches' Poll.

SCHEDULE SYNOPSIS

The 74th edition of Suffolk men's basketball features a 25-game schedule including 11 games on the Rams home court, Larry E. Smith & Michael S. Smith Court.

We have a strong non-conference schedule with games against some of the best programs in New England. We will be battled tested by the time GNAC play begins.

OPENING ACT

  • Since 1967-68, Suffolk is 22-29 in the first game of the season.
  • The Rams have coupled back-to-back victories together on day one including last season’s 95-59 trouncing of Salve Regina.
  • The blue-and-gold is 2-2 in the season opener in the Jeff Juron era.
  • The Rams will open their campaign for the 18th time at a neutral site, first since 2014-15, and are 6-11 when playing on impartial court.
  • Suffolk is 6-4 on day one at home and 5-11 when playing true road contests in its season debut.
  • Prior to the 1976-77 campaign, the location of Suffolk's season opener was undisclosed with the Rams going 5-4 through those contests.Suffolk and Salve Regina will meet on day one for the second time and first since the 2000-01 debut when the Rams down the Seahawks, 92-89, Nov. 17, 2000, at the Babson Invitational.

RAMS ROSTER

Jeff Juron built a 19-player split between veteran leadership and a handful of newcomers.

RAMS RUNDOWN

Three of Suffolk's top five scorers are back in uniform from last season's team that posted the most victories (18) since it went 19-6 in 1975-76 and put up 79.3 points per outing.

The pair of Thomas Duffy (15.6 ppg) and Brendan Mulson (13.3 ppg) led the way a year ago and the NCAA Division III statistical champion in three-point percentage Alex Jacovides supplied 12.1 ppg, mostly from downtown.

Jonathan Eng, George Grillakis and Cameron Powers will close their books on their collegiate campaigns along with Duffy.

(Thomas) Duffy, (Brendan) Mulson and (Alex) Jacovides are our returning leading scorers. We have a handful of others who have had strong preseasons and will play important roles.

geography 101

Suffolk's geographical makeup spreads six states and two countries. Nine Rams are Bay State locals, three come from Connecticut and two came down from New Hampshire. Florida, New York and Virginia are represented by one Ram. Two student-athletes stamped their passports to come to Beantown in Adam Davenport, who is from the United Kingdom, and Kobie Reid, who made the trip from Bermuda.

class CATEGORIES

The Rams rank feature a well-balanced roster representing each of Suffolk's classes. Six sophomores comprise the bulk of the roster with four juniors and seniors, respectively, and five true freshmen.

RAMS RINGLEADERS

Suffolk men's basketball's Class of 2020 will split captain responsibilities as head coach Jeff Juron unveiled that Thomas Duffy, Jonathan Eng, George Grillakis and Cameron Powers have been named captains for the 2019-20 campaign.

I'm excited about our four senior captains. Their commitment and experience are benefitting our team every day.

rams rookies

Suffolk men's basketball's head coach Jeff Juron has added half a dozen newcomers to the Rams ranks for the upcoming 2019-20 campaign.

The group of six, all of whom are guards, is comprised of five true freshmen and one junior transfer. The latest editions to the men's basketball program represent a pair of states – Massachusetts and New Hampshire – as well as Bermuda and the United Kingdom.

Nate Hale is the lone transfer of the bunch and brings a wealth of GNAC familiarity with him to Beacon Hill after playing his sophomore season at Suffolk's league foe Rivier.

Nate (Hale) was a standout player in the GNAC a year ago. He's made a quick transition to our program's way of doing things. We're excited about what he can do here.

Joining Hale in the incoming class is a handful of rookies who will be making their collegiate debuts in Adam Davenport, Ismail Fofana, Kobie Reid, Matt Sannella and Aidan Sullivan.

Our freshman class is very skilled. They are fitting in well and have bright futures in the program.

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ANY QUESTIONS??? Please contact John Irvine, Director of Alumni, Office of Advancement 73 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02108 | 617.573.8445 | jirvin@suffolk.edu