HLeague 2016-17 Preview the Season: 10. Milwaukee; 9. Cleveland State

It’s finally that time to release the Horizon League team previews and the projected standings. Two teams will be revealed every post over the next couple of weeks, as we count down to see who will be favored to win the regular season title.

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New Era Begins For Panthers

This will be the definition of a rebuilding year for the Panthers. The Rob Jeter era is over. He is now at UNLV, along with an All-League Second Team selection in point guard Jordan Johnson. Akeem Springs and Austin Arians could have been Panthers this season, but they are finishing their collegiate careers elsewhere. New Head Coach LaVall Jordan will be looking more for moral victories this season because real ones will be hard to come by. Senior guard Cody Wichmann is the leading returning scorer (4.8 ppg). Stetson graduate transfer Cameron Harvey should also start and provide some much needed leadership and guidance to younger teammates. True freshman Bryce Nze could end up being one of the team’s best players this season. He is a big man who can spread the floor and is a strong rebounder. Much of Milwaukee’s success will depend on how well Jordan and his staff can develop the guards, including redshirt freshman Jeremy Johnson, who will be a tough matchup for opposing defenders.  Projected H-League Record: 2-16

 

9. Cleveland State Vikings

Vikings Turnaround Needs to Start on Offensive End

Last season, Gary Waters had his worst overall winning percentage in his 20 years as a head coach. While some teams were putting up record offensive numbers, Cleveland State struggled to score as they finished a distant last in the H-League at just under 61 points per game. They were also last in the league in assists per game. The good news for the

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Star Sophomore guard Rob Edwards is the Vikings leading returning scorer.

Vikings is that All-League Freshman team selection, Rob Edwards, is back. He averaged a team high 12.4 points per game and shot nearly 75% from the free throw line. Unfortunately, guard Andre Yates decided not to return for his senior season, as he pursues playing professional basketball.  Power forward Demonte Flannigan does return for his final year of eligibility, as he is the team’s leading returning rebounder at 5.4 rpg. Look for an increased role from Kenny Carpenter, who should consistently be in the starting lineup. Freshman guard Kasheem Thomas could be next in the long line of star H-League players from Canada. The Vikings are very good defensively. But they simply need to shoot the ball better. They do not need to be a high-tempo team. But they do not need to be a team who works the shot clock down on every offensive possession either. Projected H-League Record: 5-13

 

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