Raiders set for season

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Roane State Community College men’s basketball coach Randy Nesbit has high expectations for his 2010-11 team. 

“We want to be in the hunt for the league title, which we were last year,” said Nesbit, whose team finished 17-10 last season.

With plenty of size and depth, Roane State could meet those expectations. 

“Experience is a strength, and we should be able to play in a mature fashion,” Nesbit said. “Our size makes it difficult for teams to attack the basket, and we have more weapons offensively than we’ve had in the past. We’ve got the potential on some nights to have seven guys in double figures.”

Defensively, Nesbit wants his team to improve guarding smaller and quicker players.

“If we could get better at that, we could be really good defensively,” Nesbit said.

Roane State opened the season on Nov. 2 at Vincennes University in Indiana. The Raiders’ first home game is Nov. 9 against Wallace State (7:30 p.m.). Fans can get free admission to the Nov. 9 game by bringing a non-perishable food item for Hands of Mercy food pantry.

Nesbit, who is assisted by coach David McGreal, provided his outlook for each of the Raiders.

Jerrod Allen, 6-7, 215, freshman, forward: Allen is a versatile front-court player with good perimeter skills. He can score inside and drive to the basket.

Kevin Altidor, freshman, guard: Altidor will redshirt this season. He is an intense, athletic player.

Cedric Clinkscales, 6-7, 220, sophomore, forward: Clinkscales suffered a knee injury and may play after the Christmas break.

Quint Clinkscales, 6-6, 205, sophomore, guard: Quint Clinkscales is a polished scorer who can shoot from 3-point range and produce points off the dribble. 

Sakari Clow, 6-0, 175, freshman, guard: Clow is a powerful defender who is improving his passing skills. Because of his combination of strength and balance, opposing ball-handlers have a hard time getting passed him.

Antonio Dailey, 6-4, 175, freshman, guard: Dailey will redshirt this season. He has a lot of potential and just needs time to gain experience.

Kinard Gadsen-Gilliard, 6-4, 210, freshman, guard: Gadsen-Gilliard is a good offensive and defensive player who has excellent court vision. His shooting skills have improved significantly.

Bradley Jackson, 6-2, 175, freshman, guard/forward: Jackson will redshirt this season. He is an athletic post player who shows good potential.

Antonio Kalpic, 6-9, 205, freshman, forward: Nesbit said Kalpic is “good at a lot of things” including scoring from the post or stepping out for 3-point shots.

Jonathan Maybank, 6-1, 198, sophomore, guard: Maybank is a quick, strong slashing guard. He has been out of organized basketball for five years, but Nesbit said he is rapidly improving his game.

Ben Mixer, 6-10, 235, freshman, forward: Mixer has made great progress with his quickness, ball-handling abilities and finishing at the basket. He shows promise and is working on being consistent.

Jacob Pettway6-6, 198, sophomore, guard: Pettway is a versatile player whose size and athleticism pose problems for opposing teams. 

Brad Reid, 6-11, 275, sophomore, forward: Reid will be a big factor inside. He is an excellent rebounder who is skilled at hitting the boards, getting the rebound and then triggering fast breaks.

Yavario Smith, 6-0, 175, sophomore, guard: Smith is an outstanding scorer who can shoot off screens or beat defenders off the dribble. 

 Glenn Vandergriff, 6-4, 180, freshman, guard: Vandergriff has been slowed by a knee injury but is a solid role player who can contribute in spot duty.