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The Roane State Community College men’s basketball team has talent, intelligence and chemistry, head coach Randy Nesbit said.
Developing depth to complement experience, he said, will take some time.
“We’ve got a really strong, veteran group,” Nesbit said. “We’re capable of playing at a really high level. We’re not very deep, though.”
Roane State returns five sophomores from a team that went 17-13 last year. The Raiders open the season Nov. 2 opposing Wallace State at the Cleveland State Classic.
“The expectations are pretty high, and that’s going to put some pressure on our younger players,” said Nesbit, who is assisted by Jonathan Stanley. “The veterans have been here a long time, know what they’re doing and expect to be good.”
Nesbit provided the following scouting reports on each of the Raiders.
Chase Bell, freshman, 6-4, 170, guard/forward, Appling County High School, Hazelhurst, Ga.: Nesbit said Bell is extremely athletic and will be a great player with experience. Bell is a gifted athlete who will, before long, be “an amazing shooter,” Nesbit said.
Kendall Butler, sophomore, 6-3, 205, guard, C.I. Gibson High School, Nassau, Bahamas: Nesbit called Butler a tremendous athlete who has worked very hard on his skills. Butler is a potential all-conference player, Nesbit said.
Adareus Dixon, sophomore, 6-3, 175, guard, Oakland High School, Murfreesboro: Dixon is a fast player who has developed a strong jump shot, Nesbit said. Nesbit added that Dixon shows good judgment with the ball.
Jemier Dodd, freshman, 6-3, 205, guard, Clarksville (Tenn.) Northeast High School, Victorville, Calif.: The transfer from Albertson College of Idaho is a physical guard who has developed his ability to penetrate and then pass to teammates on the perimeter, Nesbit said. “He’s hardly scratched the surface of how good a shooter he could be,” Nesbit said.
Justin Givens, freshman, 6-0, 180, guard, Roane County High School, Kingston: Givens is “a testament to character,” Nesbit said. A strong defensive player, Givens had three steals in a preseason scrimmage. He plays extremely hard, Nesbit said, and “has earned a lot of playing time early because of his character.”
Kevin Hall, sophomore, 5-11, 175, guard, Cosby High School, Cosby: Hall is a good all-around player and a good penetrator who has added 3-point shooting to his repertoire, Nesbit said. Nesbit described Hall as “the best-conditioned athlete I’ve ever been around.”
Antoni Magdos, freshman, 6-1, 175, guard/forward, Apostolic Christian, Knoxville: Magdos is a competitor who “does not bat an eye” when he’s asked to defend taller inside players, Nesbit said. His rapidly improving shooting will cause difficulty to bigger players who have to match up with him.
Robson Memnon, freshman, 6-6, 210, forward, C.I. Gibson High School, Nassau, Bahamas: Nesbit said he usually redshirts players from the Bahamas, but Memnon is the first he has decided to play as a freshman. Memnon is levelheaded, quick and explosive, Nesbit said, with excellent accuracy from close range.
Camile Ngon a’ Ngon, sophomore, 6-3, 205, forward, Woodmont High School, Piedmont, S.C.: Ngon a’ Ngon is “one of the strongest, most explosive people I’ve ever been around,” Nesbit said. The native of Cameroon has tremendous intensity, Nesbit added.
Ben Sneed, sophomore, 6-5, 200, forward, Blackman High School, Murfreesboro: Sneed “has made as much progress as any player I can think of that I’ve had here,” Nesbit said. In addition to his size and ability to penetrate, Sneed has developed a good 3-point shot, Nesbit said.
Adam Vespie, freshman, 5-10, 175, guard, Tennessee Temple, Wartburg: Vespie is a good shooter and ball-handler who drives to the basket well and makes creative passes, Nesbit said.