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Men's Basketball—2008-09 Season Overview
2010-11 Season Outlook
Colby College men's basketball head coach Dick Whitmore returns for his 40th season after leading the Mules to a 19-6 record and a trip to the NESCAC semifinals a year ago.
Adam Choice, one of the great players in the history of the program, graduated and will be tough to replace. Choice earned third team All-American honors a year ago and had more than 1,500 career points.
The Mules bring back senior forward Mike Russell (Wellesley, Mass.), who led the NESCAC in rebounding (9.9) and averaged 14.1 points per game while shooting nearly 59 percent from the field. Russell earned All-NESCAC and All-Maine honors.
Russell and senior point guard Christian Van Loenen (Falmouth, Maine) will serve as co-captains. Van Loenen averaged six points and led the team in assists at 3.5 per game.
Eric Beaulieu (Concord, Mass., 3.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg), Gordon Fischer (Camden, Maine, 1.9 ppg), and Kyle Donovan (Portland, Maine, 1.3 ppg, 1.6 rpg) also return from last year. Beaulieu was one of the first players off the bench, Fischer went 3-for-7 on 3-point field goal attempts, and Donovan played in just 12 games because of an injury.
The Mules also return guards Noah Atlas (Waltham, Mass.), Burton Gildersleeve (Chatham, N.J.), Ben Foreman (Los Angeles, Calif.), and Gus David (McKinney, Texas). Alex Swanson (Lancaster, Pa.), Nick Rimsa (Andover, Conn.), Matt Cheever (Carlisle, Mass.), and David Havlicek (Cheshire, Conn.) will give depth to the forward line.
Sophomore Kareem Kalil (Southborough, Mass.) and first years Forest Lovett (Lancaster, Pa.), Jonathan Kalin (Medford Square, N.J.), Jesse Coulon (Easthampton, Mass.), Uzoma Orchingwa (West Hartford, Conn.), and Ben Brassord (Amherst, Mass.) are newcomers for Whitmore.
The Mules have been a tough team to beat at Wadsworth Gymnasium the past two years. Colby has a 24-5 record in home games.
2009-10 Season Outlook
The Colby College men's basketball
team will have one of the top players in the New England Small College Athletic
Conference and all of Division III New England in senior forward Adam Choice during the 2009-10 season.
Choice, who is a preseason honorable mention All-American selection by DIII Basketball News, heads into his senior season with 1,077 points and 486 rebounds in his career. CThe 6-foot-5 Choice helped Colby go 17-8 overall and 6-3 in the conference a year ago. He was named to the D3hoops.com All-Northeast Region third team, the NESCAC First Team, and was honored as the Maine State Division III Player of the Year for the second straight season. Choice was sixth in the NESCAC in scoring (15.7), seventh in free throw percentage (.800), and 11th in rebounding (5.6). Even more impressive statistically is Choice's play in conference games when he averaged 17.2 points and 5.9 rebounds.
Head coach Dick Whitmore, back for his 39th season at Colby after earning career win number 600 last year, loses point guard and All-NESCAC selection Artie Cutrone to graduation. Who will step into Cutrone's role will be a key to the season for the Mules.
Choice is a fine ball-handler and will help out bringing the ball up the court. Sophomore guard Christian Van Loenen saw some minutes at the point last year and averaged 4.6 points and 1.6 assists per game. Justin Sherman, a senior, also returns after finishing third on the team in scoring (8.9) and first in 3-point field goal percentage (.447). Junior guard Gil Haylon also is back after leading the club in made 3-point field goals (32) while averaging 4.6 points per game. Choice, Sherman, and Van Loenen will each serve as a team captain.
Junior forward Michael Russell is one of the more physical players in the NESCAC and returns at forward after averaging 12.8 points and leading the team in rebounding at 8.4 per contest. He was 12th in the conference in scoring, second in rebounding, and fifth in field goal percentage (53 percent). Sophomore forward Kyle Donovan (3.9 ppg) and Chas Woodward (1.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg) also return on the forward line after playing in nearly every game.
Guards Noah Atlas, Ben Foreman, Gus David, and Tim Concannon also return as do forwards Eric Beaulieu, and Alex Swanson. Burton Gildersleeve, a transfer from Kenyon College, will look for minutes at guard. The Mules also add first-year players Dominique Kone, Gordon Fischer, and Nick Rimsa. Kone will play at guard, while Fischer and Rimsa are both 6-foot-5 forwards.