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This season’s Wildcat team will again have a bevy of experience to return. This group will feature eleven returning players, with six of those being seniors. This cast of players will be …
This season’s Wildcat team will again have a bevy of experience to return. This group will feature eleven returning players, with six of those being seniors. This cast of players will be looking to make it back-to-back NAIA National Tournament appearances and the third since 2015. Four of the top six scorers return, but will need to have several players step up to replace the scoring presence of Third-Team All American Isaac Edmondson. Bethel will look to build on the 25-9 record, which will require this team to play to their capabilities and reach their ceiling.
The Wildcats’ returning cast will have six seniors on the roster: Cayden Edmonson (6’8, 14.3 points per game, 7.3 rebounds per game, 1.5 assists per game), Noah Chatman (6’6, 8.7 ppg. 8.5 rpg, 1.0 apg), Foday Sankaray (6’5, 7.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.2 apg), Charles Cobb (6’1, 7.2 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.3 apg), Javonte Ellis (6’6, redshirted 2018-19) and Cameron Ricks (6’1, redshirted 2018-19).
The underclassmen returnees are: Jarred Walker (5’9, junior, 4.1 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.9 apg), Tyrus Robinson (6’0, junior, 2.5 ppg), Jacob Rose (6’5, sophomore, 1.7 ppg, 1.1 rpg), Jamarius Mayberry (6’4, junior, 2.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg) and Terrell Brown (6’4, junior, 1.0 point).
Bethel has brought in two transfers and five freshman to this year’s team: Chandler Clements (6’6, freshman, 25 ppg, 11 rpg, Monroe County (Ky.) High School), Connor Guthrie (6’2, freshman, 15.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, Mayfield (Ky.) High School), Myron McKinney (6’6, junior, 14.5 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.1 apg, Dyersburg State Community College), Kamron Rose (6’8, junior, 12 ppg, 8 rpg, Arkansas State University-Mid South), Kylan Cunningham (6’0, freshman, 20 ppg, 10 rpg, 3 apg, Munford High School), Kyree Cunningham (6’0, freshman, 19pts, 10 rpg, Munford High School) and Connor Diecker (6’5, freshman, 12.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg, Freeburg (Ill.) High School).
The 2019-2020 non-conference will again be tough as the Wildcats will have 12 games against some talented teams. The Wildcats will again put on the Chick Fil-A Classic, where Bethel will face Southeastern Florida University and University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. Bethel will host another Classic in December and will face Lindenwood University-Belleville and Philander Smith College. The other home games will be with Freed Hardeman University, Fisk University, Crowley’s Ridge College and Oakwood College.
The road games this season will see the Wildcats travel to Brescia University and Lindenwood University-Belleville. The Wildcats will play exhibition games with Delta State University, a NCAA Division II school which plays out of the Gulf South Conference, and Lane College, a NCAA Division II opponent who plays out of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Coach Jeff Britt states that, “I like the team that we have put together, and we really look forward to getting things going. Our schedule will be a tough one, and we will have be ready to go out and compete each and every night as we have no games that we can just show up and win.”
The Wildcats begin the season Friday, November 1 at the Appalachian Wireless Classic in Pikeville, Kentucky against Alice Lloyd College. Tip-off is 5 p.m.