Previewing Delaware State

Delaware State returns all five starters from last year's team that won the MEAC and the first postseason win in school history. Pack Pride takes a closer look at tonight's opponent -- tip-off is at 8:00 p.m.

    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.

  • MEAC KINGS: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) head men's basketball coaches and sports information directors believe Delaware State will win a third straight regular season title. The Hornets were the unanimous choice to win the 2006-07 MEAC regular season race, capturing each of 14 first place votes.

    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.

  • DID YOU KNOW? The Hornets won the first postseason game in school history by beating Northern Arizona in the opening round of the National Invitation Tournament last season.

  • BRIGHT BACK TO THE TRIANGLE: Delaware State leading scorer Roy Bright might be familiar to triangle hoops fans as the talented wing played his prep ball at Northern (NC) Durham High School.

    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.

  • GO-TO GUY: Delaware State guard Jahsha Bluntt (sr. Los Angeles, CA/Fairfax HS) is the preseason pick to win the MEAC Player-of-the-Year award for the second straight year. Bluntt heads the 2006-07 All-MEAC Preseason First Team.

    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).

  • QUALITY LEADER: Delaware State Basketball Coach Greg Jackson was honored by the William E. Proudford Sickle Cell Fund, Inc. at their inaugural fundraiser in recognition of his dedication to improving the lives of those with sickle cell disease.

    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.

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