Brevard, N.C. - A new era dawns at Brevard College as the Tornados welcome new Head Coach Mark Prosser to the sidelines in Boshamer Gymnasium.
The Tornados face the tall task of replacing two-time All-Conference guard Josh Roper as well as the 2011 SAC’s leading rebounder Josh Jordan, but with the return of Gaither Hendrix, Drew Schauss, Jermichael Tanner and Darius Moose, Brevard will look to continue their recent stretch of success as they look to return to the postseason for the third consecutive season.
Prosser begins his first year with the Tornados, coming to Brevard after a standout career on the sidelines at NCAA Division I Wofford College and Bucknell University, and returns seven players, including three starters from last year’s 13-14 squad that finished tied for fourth overall in the SAC standings in making it to the 2011 Food Lion SAC tournament.
The Tornados will have a good base to work on as Hendrix became the third BC men’s basketball player to be selected to the SAC Preseason All-Conference First Team, joining BC alums Jonathan Whitson and Roper as Tornados selections to the team.
Hendrix is the Tornados leading returning scorer after a standout first season with Brevard, averaging 14.9 points per game, while connecting on 33.1 percent of his three-point attempts. The 6-1 point guard has the penetrating ability to get into the lane, while the vision to spot the open man on the break and all of his weapons will need to be utilized to the full force this season.
Schauss and Moose are expected to contribute right away as well as Schauss continues to display his expanding all-around game on the court as he added crashing the boards to his ability to score from all over the court as he finished third on the team with 4.9 rebounds per game, while hitting on a career high 45.3 percent of his field goal attempts. Moose, fresh of a campaign which saw him named to the 2011 All-SAC Freshman team, also returns after hitting 53.3 percent of his field goal attempts, averaging 5.1 points per game and 4.6 rebounds per game, and will look to continue to develop his skills as he battles down low in the conference this season.
Also returning for the Tornados this season are senior Jermichael Tanner, as well as redshirt sophomore Dominique Pickett and redshirt freshman Chavis Hamilton.
Tanner, the hero of the Tornados SAC Championship run two years ago, returns for his final campaign and will see time at the point guard position for Brevard. One of the faster players on the court in every game this season, Tanner’s drive and ability to slice into the lane will provide BC with several fast break opportunities and the 5-9 athlete was third on the team in steals last season.
Pickett comes back after limited action last season and will challenge for playing time with Hamilton who redshirted his first year at Brevard after a successful career at McDowell High School where he was a three-time Team MVP.
Eight new players join the Tornados this season as Gerel Simmons, Hunter Morrison, Taylor Warren, Aleksandar Vasiljevic, Filip Gujanicic, Jonathan Hopper and David Worth all will wear the blue, black and white this season for the Tornados.
Simmons, Morrison, Warren and Hopper will all line up in the backcourt for the Tornados, while Vasiljevic, Gujanicic and Worth will challenge for playing time in the BC front court.
Simmons was captain of the 4A State Basketball State team and played in the Maryland State All-Star game, capping off a career at North Point High School in Accokeek, Md., while Warren comes from East Davidson High School. Morrison and Hopper also hail from the state of North Carolina with Morrison from Concord, N.C. and South Rowan High School, while Hopper comes from Waynesville, N.C. and Tuscola High School.
Vasiljevic and Gujanicic come to Brevard by way of Belgrade, Serbia and their 6-7 and 6-8 frames will help fill out the paint for the Tornados, while Worth will look to adjust to the pounding of the collegiate game as the 6-9 Midland, N.C. native will attempt to help the Tornados win the battle of the boards.
Brevard opens up the 2011-2012 regular season as they take part in the annual Peach Belt/South Atlantic Conference Challenge in Dahlonega, Ga. taking on North Georgia on November 11th.