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Eastern Florida Men's Basketball Opens Season Saturday at Webber
Nov. 1, 2013 - After five weeks of formal practice and three scrimmages Eastern Florida State College's men's basketball team opens its season on Saturday against the Webber International junior varsity.
Tipoff is 2 p.m. at Webber's Babson Park Campus.
"We're ready," said Eastern Florida head coach Jeremy Shulman. "We're excited. The guys are absolutely fired up about tipping off the season, after months of hard work.
"The next stage of our journey starts Saturday."
Shulman will look to three returning players and two transfers to set the tone on Saturday and beyond: sophomores 6-3 point guard and sharpshooter Ben Patrick of Clearwater, FL, Dunedin High and Impact Academy; 6-8 forward and three-point and rebounding standout Jure Gunjina from Zagreb, Croatia; and 6-7 sophomore forward and inside force Mike Kirkland from Ocala, FL and West Port High; Also, 5-11 sophomore transfer, point guard and shooter Torrance Rowe from Atlanta, GA and Holmes Community College in Mississippi; and 6-9 talented, versatile forward Shaheed Davis from Harding, OH and Polk State College.
Sophomore 6-7 forwards and returnees Julian Adams from Palm Bay, FL and Bayside High and Devontay Clark from Palm Bay, FL and Heritage High; and 6-4 sophomore guard Damion Smith from Palm Bay, FL and Bayside High also return.
Newcomers are 5-8 freshman point guard Jermohn Queen from Stuart, FL and Martin County High; 6-3 freshman guard T.J. Cromer from Albany, GA and Westover High; 6-2 freshman guard Cam Scott from Raleigh, NC and Word of God Christian Academy; 6-6 freshman forward Landus Anderson from Tallahassee, FL and Florida High; 6-8 freshman forward Tyrek Coger from Raleigh, NC and Word of God Christian Academy; and 6-2 freshman guard Demetrius McReynolds from Louisville, KY and Butler High.
Beyond the Webber game Eastern Florida travels to play highly touted Daytona State College at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6 in Daytona Beach and plays its home opener at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 against Lackawanna Community College in the Melbourne Campus gym. Admission is free.
"Early games at Daytona and then at home against Lackawanna will really test our guys," Shulman said. "But it's only the beginning of a rigorous non-conference schedule that also features games against two top-10 nationally ranked teams in Chipola College and East Mississippi Community College. These games will go a long way in preparing our team for the conference season."
Eastern Florida, which finished 26-7 last season, is the defending Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference champion and progressed to the final game of the FCSAA state tournament.