Projected Starters: F- 34 Aaron Fleetwood 9.5 ppg. 7.0 rpg. F- 45 Roy Bright 13.5 ppg. 5.5 rpg. C- 42 Troy Roundtree 9.0 ppg. 3.0 rpg. G- 00 Darrin Shine 6.0 ppg. 5.0 apg. G- 05 Jahsha Bluntt 13.0 ppg. 3.5 rpg.KEY NOTES
Delaware State returns each starter from last year's squad, which set a team record for overall wins and captured a second straight MEAC regular season title.
A consensus top 50 recruit out of high school, Bright played a season at Cincinnati and one at Garden City Community College in Kansas before transferring to Delaware State this past summer. He is currently averaging 13.5 points and 5.5 boards.
Bluntt, a 2005-06 Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention selection, led the Hornets in scoring and rebounding last season. He ranked in the Top 10 in the MEAC in six categories, including points-per-game (14.6), three-pointers (2.6 pg), three-point percentage (.391) and free throw percentage (.756).
The Proudford Sickle Cell Fund presented Coach Jackson with its 2006 "Unsung Hero Award" in recognition of his dedication to improving the lives of those with the sickle cell disease through his own testimony. Coach Jackson has widely shared publicly the story of his son Greg Jackson Jr.'s fight against sickle cell, their religious faith that helped them through it, as well as his role as a father being there for his son.
"He best exemplifies what my father was about, and that was his family," said William E. Proudford II. "Coach Jackson's willingness to put his son first through his whole ordeal was very admirable and definitely demonstrated what my father stood for."
Coach Jackson's son battled against the disease for several years, but due to a successful bone marrow transplant, today there is no trace of the sickle cell found in his body. Coach Jackson uses his success story to share words of encouragement to the millions of people that are still fighting for their lives with the disease, as well as give hope to their families.
Coach Jackson's close attention to Greg Jr. as he battled the disease is especially remarkable in that at the same time he has worked for the last six years as a successful head coach of the DSU Hornets Men's Basketball Team. As a result of his winning teams, Coach Jackson currently has the best DSU career winning percentage of any Hornet Men's coach in the history of the institution.
The elder William E. Proudford – the fund's namesake – is a 1974 graduate of Delaware State College. Later in life, he was afflicted with the sickle cell disease, which was a factor in his death in 2004. His family has established the fund with the goal of making it a $100,000 endowment designed to become an ongoing source of funds earmarked to support sickle cell awareness, education, and research.