With feelings of promise and excitement for the upcoming season, the 2012-2013 men’s basketball team is ready to take the next step forward under the leadership of Head Men’s basketball coach, Michael Cheaney.
Michael Cheaney's first year ended with a 16-16 record in their steady climb up the NAIA ladder. His second year he improved with a record of 22-9 also receiving national poll votes throughout the season. The tigers have six returning lettermen that played on a consistent basis and contributed throughout the season.
In order for the Tigers to have the opportunity to take the program to the next level, they must create an atmosphere of hard work and discipline, coupled with high expectations and positive energy to achieve their goals.
The Tigers lost big contributors from last year’s team such as Garland Mcarthur, Brandon Coleman, Terrick Phillips, Charles Brown and Tadavious Williams. The loss of these student-athletes will be felt throughout the program, but Cheaney is looking forward to Sam Dotson, Willie Waters, Jeffrey Evans, Andre Datcher, Stanley Johnson and Dionte Ford to fill the void.
Sam Dotson, a senior guard from Columbia, SC, returns to the Tigers after playing in all 32 contests last year. Sam average 8pts and 2 steals per contest.
Willie Waters, a senior from Atlanta, GA, returns to the Tigers after playing in all 32 contests last year. Waters averaged 8pts per game and grabbed nearly six rebounds per game playing a valuable role inside the paint.
Dionte Ford, a sophomore from Fort Myers, FL, returns to the Tigers after playing in 17 contests last year. Dionte averaged 4 points per game and grabbed nearly 4 rebounds per game playing a valuable role inside the paint.
Jeffrey Evans, a senior forward from Florida, returns to the Tigers after playing in all 32 contests last year. Evans averaged 5 points per game and grabbed nearly two rebounds per game.
Andre Datcher, a senior from Washington, DC, returns to the Tigers after playing in 32 contests last year. Andre is an excellent 3pt shooter and will provide great team leadership.
Stanley Johnson, a junior guard from Augusta, GA, returns to the Tigers after participating in 32 contests last year. Stanley is a hard worker and brings forth a lot of positive energy.
Travis Dupree, a junior forward/center from Eastman, GA, returns to the Tigers after redshirting his sophomore year. Travis brings a lot of physicality and will play a valuable role in the paint.
Voorhees added a quality recruiting class to go along with its core group of returners. The Tigers newest players are: Brandon Allen, 6’6 Forward(Alabama A&M),Quintarus Robinson 6’6 Forward(Coahoma Junior College),Shannon Williams 6’3 Guard(South Surban CC),Natwan Young 6’6 Forward(Concord University),Ricardo Rivera 6’2 Guard(Middle Georgia CC),James Williams 6’1 Guard(Louisburg JC),Dominick Stevenson 6’2 Guard(Denmark Tech CC),Gavont Baker 6’0 Guard (Henderson County HS), Nickalous Jones 6’1 (Bowman HS), Sam Starks 6’0 Guard( Salisbury HS).