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UNCP returns Jonathan Hart, left, Jarrell Hunter and three-point threat John Walters,
from last season’s 6-22 campaign, featuring five Peach Belt Conference victories.
Men’s basketball to be tested early
By Brad Crawford
Men’s basketball at UNCP has won just 17 games over the past five seasons, accumulating a dreadful 9-77 mark in Peach Belt Conference play over that span.
Head coach Jason Tinsley enters his third season as UNCP’s leading man, helping the Braves notch 11 of their 17 conference wins his first two seasons.
Early season Division I foes
The Black and Gold tip off the 2007-2008 campaign against the N.C. State Wolfpack at the RBC Center in Raleigh on Nov. 6.
Four days later, the Braves take the bus to historic Assembly Hall in Indiana to take on the Hoosiers, coached by UNCP graduate Kelvin Sampson. The Hoosiers were one win short of qualifying for the Sweet 16 in last season’s NCAA tournament.
Thank goodness these two games against high caliber Division 1A competition are only exhibition right?
Headlined by 6-foot-6 forward Jonathan Hart and leading scorer Jarrell Hunter, the Black and Gold returns four of five starters from last season’s 6-22 squad.
Transfers and signees
This summer, UNCP added a pair of Winston Salem State University transfers and inked a talented prep athlete to its roster.
David Moore and Jason Smith come to Pembroke from the Rams after both playing key roles for their team.
Moore, a 6-foot-5 forward from Durham, started six games for WSSU last season and made appearances in all 29 contests.
Smith figures to compete early for the starting point guard position for the Black and Gold, after the floor general nearly averaged a double-double during his prep career with 12 points and nine assists per game.
Newcomer Jamaad Parker, averaged 14 points per game his senior season of prep basketball at Dekalb High School in Lithonia, Ga.