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Preseason Preview: Jackson State

Marquette Madness has come and gone. The season is so close, we can taste it. Marquette fans know who we will battle but might not know anything about our future opponents. To remedy this, Paint Touches is taking an in depth look at each of Marquette’s opponents, both conference and non-conference, to see what we have to look forward to. These will be released in order of what Paint Touches believes to be the easiest matchups to the toughest. The creamiest of cupcakes all the way to the most unbeatable of opponents. Next up is Marquette’s second squad of Tigers from the SWAC. Not Grambling but Jackson State.
Jackson State
Opponent: Jackson State
Mascot: Tigers
Conference: SWAC
14-15 Record: 11-21 (9-9)
14-15 RPI: 322
14-15 KenPom: 316
Coach: Wayne Brent (3rd Season)
Date: 11/29/15
Location: BMO Harris Bradley Center

Departures from 14-15:
Derrell Taylor: Starting C: 22.8 mpg, 7.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 0.7 apg, 1.0 spg, 0.2 bpg, 1.2 tpg, .000 3P%
Jaleel Queary: 2nd off Bench: 19.7 mpg, 2.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.5 apg, 0.7 spg, 0.2 bpg 1.6 tpg, .250 3P%
Dominique Street: Benchwarmer: 15.2 mpg, 4.6 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 0.4 apg, 0.3 spg, 0.1 bpg, 0.5 tpg, .235 3P% (Only appeared in 10 games)
Dre’Shawn Looney: 5th off Bench: 13.9 mpg, 3.7 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 1.3 apg, 0.4 spg, 0.0 bpg, 1.2 tpg, .273 3P%
Jonathan Thomas: 6th off Bench: 9.3 mpg, 1.0 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 0.2 apg, 0.2 spg, 0.0 bpg, 0.6 tpg, .000 3P%
Pierre Crawford: 7th off Bench: 5.6 mpg, 1.5 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 0.1 apg, 0.1 spg, 0.2 bpg, 0.6 tpg, .000 3P%
Gerrald Maddox: Benchwarmer: 3.4 mpg, 0.3 ppg, 0.6 rpg, 0.3 apg, 0.3 spg, 0.0 bpg, 0.1 tpg, .000 3P% (Only appeared in 7 games)
Kenneth Wachira: Benchwarmer: 1.2 mpg, 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg, 0.0 apg, 0.0 spg, 0.2 bpg, 0.2 tpg, .000 3P% (Only appeared in 5 games)
Marquis Todd: Benchwarmer: Never appeared in a game
23% of Scoring, 23% of Rebounding, 28% of Assists, 31% of Steals, 20% of Blocks, 14% of 3PM

Arrivals:
Chace Franklin: JUCO SF, unranked
Paris Collins: JUCO SG, unranked
Haudrick Hilaire: JUCO PG, unranked
Altez Davis: JUCO PF, unranked
Marcus Love: Backup SG (returns from injury)
Jalen Manumaleuga: 2014 2 star PG, unranked (coming off redshirt)
Lindsey Hunter IV: 2 star PG, unranked
Jessie Love: 2 star PG, unranked
Troy Stancil: 2 star SG, unranked
Anfernee Felton: Walk on PG

Probable Starters:
PG: Yettra Specks: 5-10 163 JR: 22.8 mpg, 4.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.8 apg, 0.9 spg, 0.1 bpg, 1.9 tpg, .261 3P%
SG: Javeres Brent: 6-3 190 JR: 25.8 mpg, 8.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 0.7 apg, 0.6 spg, 0.2 bpg, 0.9 tpg, .324 3P%
SF: Raeford Worsham: 6-4 192 SR: 29.4 mpg, 12.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.3 spg, 0.2 bpg, 2.1 tpg, .233 3P%
PF: Chace Franklin: 6-5 185 JR: 24.5 mpg, 15.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.8 spg, 0.7 bpg, 1.4 tpg, .580 3P% (for Seminole State Community College)
C: Treshawn Bolden: 6-8 235 JR: 20.6 mpg, 5.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 0.9 apg, 0.3 spg, 0.5 bpg, 2.3 tpg, .000 3P%

Probable Bench:
Kaven Bernard: 6-5 195 SR
Janarius Middleton: 6-8 218 JR PF
Paris Collins: 6-4 172 RSSO SG
Donta Robinson: 6-4 180 JR SG
Haudrick Hilaire: 6-1 195 JR PG
Altez Davis: 6-7 185 JR PF

Probable Benchwarmers:
Marcus Love: 6-2 185 JR SG
Jalen Manumaleuga: 5-11 170 RSFR PG
Lindsey Hunter IV: 5-10 165 FR PG
Jesse Love: 6-1 185 FR PG
Kenneth Taylor: 6-3 185 RSJR SG
Troy Stancil: 6-2 170 FR SG
Anfernee Felton: 5-9 155 JR PG

Quick and Dirty Analysis: Jackson State is the best team on Marquette’s list of seven opponents who were ranked in the sub 300 last season. A .500 finisher in the lowly SWAC conference, the Tigers of Jackson State did not have a lot to be proud of. But the Tigers should be a lot more competitive (remember it’s a low bar) in 15-16. Coach Wayne Brent keeps all but one starter and brings in a large recruiting class. Their top signee in the 2015 class is a JUCO guard Chace Franklin. Franklin is a shoot first two guard who shot a whopping 58% from downtown. Coach Brent also managed to recruit Lindsey Hunter IV…yes, his dad is that Lindsey Hunter. The two time NBA champion’s son decided to play ball for his dad’s alma mater. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the younger Lindsey isn’t projected to be nearly as good as his father.

Size will be a huge issue for this team. With only two players taller than 6”7, both of whom were bench players last season, the Tigers will be forced to employ a lot of four guard lineups. Despite their small stature, Jackson State features only one sharpshooter on their roster and that is newcomer Chace Franklin. The best shooter from last year’s Tiger squad was Javeres Brent who shot a whopping 32% from three. Marquette should easily win the rebounding battle and abuse them in the post. The one thing to watch for is foul trouble for Luke and Henry. While they weren’t good at hitting free throws, Jackson State was one of the better teams at getting to the line.

Early Prediction: Marquette handles the Tigers easily. End up with a cushy 15-20 point victory.

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Author:Ryan Jackson

Texas A&M Professional, Marquette Fantatic

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