DePaul vs. St. Ambrose Game Preview

The 2006-07 College Hoops season gets underway on Wednesday night with an exhibition matchup between DePaul and the St. Ambrose University Fighting Bees.

Key Information

November 1st - Exhibition Game - DePaul Blue Demons vs. St. Ambrose Fighting Bees - 8:00 p.m. - McGrath Arena

Note: The DePaul Women's basketball team takes on the Lewis University Flyers at 6:00 p.m.

Game Preview

Who is St. Ambrose? The Fighting Bees are a NAIA school in Davenport, Iowa with an enrollment of 1882. The Bees are led by Raymond Shovlain who has been in charge at St. Ambrose for 23 years. St. Ambrose has been to nine NAIA National Tournaments and four Sweet 16 finishes under Shovlain, including the school's first and only trip to the Final Four in 2004, in which they set a school record for most victories in a single season with 32. Shovlain has accumulated 446 victories in his 23 seasons in Davenport.

DePaul Blue Demons coach Jerry Wainwright is glad to have his team playing against someone else after scrimmaging against each other for several weeks.

Wednesday night marks the debut of freshman Thijin Moses and Will Walker in Blue Demons uniforms.

One familiar name on the St. Ambrose roster is freshman Alex Burkle. Burkle played for Crystal Lake South and the Rising Stars AAU program. The 6-6 forward averaged 16.9 points and seven rebounds per game this season, while shooting 40.4% from 3-point range at Crystal Lake South last season. "We are very excited to have Alex join our program," said Shovlain. "He will have a tremendous career in the next four years and will be a big part of our team. Alex brings tremendous shooting ability to the team, as well as excellent athleticism. We are very proud that he has decided to attend St. Ambrose University."

Joining Burkle are three college transfers to help offset the loss of four starters to graduation from last years squad. Brett Cole, Dean Ramoino, Matt Bryant have all transferred to St. Ambrose. Cole, a 6-5 junior guard, averaged nine points and four rebounds a game at Olivet Nazarene. Dean Ramoino, a 6-8 junior, averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds at Rock County Junior College last season. Matt Bryant, a 6-2 junior guard averaged 11 points and six assists per game at Lincoln Land Community College.

"We have four incoming players that we feel good about and all four bring different physical talents and abilities to the program," Shovlain said. "Cole, Bryant and Burkle are very good outside shooters and versatile athletes. Dean brings additional strength inside and will be counted on to battle on the boards."

The lone returning starter is point guard Chris Washington from St. Joseph's high school in Westchester, Illinois. Washington was the Bees second leading scorer last season and averaged 12.7 points and five assists per game. "Washington should have an outstanding season," Shovlain stated. "He was hindered with injuries most of last year, but we are expecting big things from him again."

The Bees have a number of players with Chicago area ties on their roster.

2006-07 St. Ambrose University Men's Basketball Roster

# Name Yr. Ht. Pos. Hometown High School/JC

3 John Griffin SR 6-0 PG Chicago, IL Marist

5 Reid Oberle SR 6-1 G Walnut, IL Bureau Valley

11 Chris Washington SR 6-0 PG Westchester, IL St. Joseph's

13 Adam Parrott SO 6-0 G Toulon, IL Stark County

21 Ricky Mojek SR 6-3 G Elmwood Park, IL Holy Cross

23 Matt Bryant JR 6-2 G Springfield, IL Pleasant Plaines/Lincoln Land CC

31 Brett Cole JR 6-5 G Crystal Lake, IL Prairie Ridge/Olivet Nazarene

32 Alex Burkle FR 6-6 F Crystal Lake, IL Crystal Lake South

33 Brandon Mays SR 6-5 F Chicago, IL Holy Cross

35 Josh Binder SO 6-3 F Sterling.,IL Sterling

41 Mike Steigerwald SR 6-2 G/F Oak Lawn, IL St. Laurence

43 Matt Wilke SR 6-4 F Muscatine, IA Muscatine

44 John Holt SO 6-7 F Davenport, IA Assumption

50 Eric Tuftee SR 6-9 C Davenport, IA Assumption

51 Dean Ramoino JR 6-8 C` Janesville, WI Craig/Rock County

52 Kevin McGreal SR 6-5 F Oak Lawn, IL Marist

53 Adam Fahrenkrog JR 6-6 F Long Grove, IL North Scott

55 Chris Spartz SR 5-11 PG Western Springs, IL Nazareth Academy

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