Coach: Dave Rooney, fourth season.

Last season's record: 9-15 overall, 6-10 SMAC.

Returning starters: F Anthony Ford, 6-3, Sr.; G Trey Morrissette, 6-0, Sr.; G-F Evan Thomas, 6-3, Sr.

Outlook: At times last season, Ford (13.7 points, 8 rebounds per game) gave opponents fits. There is no reason to expect anything different this season. But the Rams also can lean on others, including Thomas (9.8 ppg) and Morrissette (8.4). Rooney said the team is small compared to others in the league, but with seven players standing 6-2 or taller, the Rams are actually among the biggest.

Coach's comment: "We'll be a little more of an athletic team this year than we have been. I'm just looking for them to mesh and come together. We need them to play as a group, which they've been doing so far, but we have to sustain that. We've got several seniors with experience, and that's going to help. You can see it already -- the seniors are doing a nice job of bringing the younger guys into the group."

ROSTER

Pos.

Name

Ht.

Class

G

Mike Akthar

5-10

Sr.

F

Greg Allen

5-10

Jr.

F

Shawn Cissel

6-5

Sr.

G-F

Orin Clark

6-0

Sr.

F

Anthony Ford

6-3

Sr.

G

Joe Hunter

5-10

Jr.

G

Rob Lowery

5-6

Soph.

G-F

A.J. Mason

6-2

Jr.

G

Leslie Morris

6-2

Jr.

G

Trey Morrissette

6-0

Sr.

G-F

Evan Thomas

6-3

Sr.

F

Andrae Wiggins

6-3

Jr.

G-F

Sidney Williams

5-11

Jr.

Senior forward Anthony Ford, with ball, averaged 13.7 points and 8 rebounds per game last season for McDonough. Guard Trey Morrissette and guard-forward Evan Thomas will also lead the Rams this season.