2012-13 Season Outlook
The Hawks enter the 20012-13 season with five returners who have seen game experience. KJ Bluford,Minneapolis, Minnesota, First Team Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference and Second Team All-Nebraska by the Omaha World Herald, averaged 17 points a game last year. Bluford started all 31 games last year for the Hawks. Jimmie Coleman, Michigan City, Indiana, saw action in all 31 games his freshman year. Coleman averaged 2 points a game while playing point guard.
Kyle Rutledge, San Antonio, Texas; Sean McGary, Omaha; and Cody Pinder, Bahamas, were all sidelined last year with various injuries. Rutledge missed the first 10 games of the year with a hand injury. He started the final 7 games of the year and averaged 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds a game. McGary started 2 games early last season before suffering a season ending hip injury. The Omaha native scored 34 points in his 2 starts. He averaged just under 6 points a game as a freshman. Pinder missed all of last season with a leg injury. He was a 2011-2012 All-Region IX performer. His freshman year he averaged 11 points and 6 rebounds a game.
“We have very high expectations for our returners.” explained Head Coach Dan Anderson. He added, “This group has been through a lot of adversity and all of them contain leadership qualities.”
The Hawks will add 9 new faces to the squad. They include:
|Khapri Alston||6’5”||Chicago, IL|
|Rasheed Fairly||6’7”||Dunn, NC|
|Blake Heppner||6”6”||Stanton, NE|
|Kyle Kilgore||6’7”||Adrian, MN|
|Corey Mitchell||6’4”||Staten Island, NY|
|Oral Rahming||6’7”||Nassau, Bahamas|
|Sean Scott||6’3”||Minneapolis, MN|
|Jabbar Washington||6’1”||Michigan City, IN|
|Bryce Williams||6’0”||Minneapolis, MN|
Point Guards Bryce Williams and Jabbar Washington will add speed and quickness. Guards Corey Mitchell and Sean Scott will provide some height and athleticism on the wing. Khapri Alston, Rasheed Fairley, Blake Heppner, Kyle Kilgore, and Oral Rahming are all athletic, active post players who can get things done around the basket.
“I am looking forward to the competition our freshmen will bring to the table.” described Anderson. The 2012 recruiting class includes student-athletes covering five states and two countries.