Tornado open 2016-17 as Conference Carolinas favorites

Tornado open 2016-17 as Conference Carolinas favorites

GENERAL INFORMATION

Name – King University
City/Zip – Bristol, TN 37620
Enrollment – Approximately 2,900
Nickname – Tornado
Athletic Colors – Navy & Scarlet
School Colors – Blue & Gold
Home Facility – Student Center Complex
Affiliation – NCAA Division II
Conference – Conference Carolinas
President – Mr. Alexander Whitaker
Athletic Director – David Hicks
Athletic Department Phone – (423) 652-4849
Athletic Department Fax – (423) 652-6041
Head Athletic Trainer – Shelia Crockett
Website – www.KingTornado.com

MEN'S BASKETBALL HISTORY

First Year of Men's Basketball – 1914-15
Overall NCAA Record – 869-731 (.543)
Conference Titles / Last – 5 / 2015-16

NCAA History
First Year of NCAA Membership
– 2011-12
Overall NCAA Record – 125-57 (.687)
Overall Conference Record – 73-19 (.793)
NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship Appearances / Last – 2 / 2015-16
Conference Titles / Last
– 5 / 2015-16
Conference Tournament Titles / Last – 1 / 2015-16

COACHING STAFF

Head CoachGeorge Pitts
Record at School, Years – 222-90 (.746), 10 seasons
Career Record, Years – 1042-301 (.776), 40 seasons
Conference Carolinas Record, Years – 73-19 (.793), 5 seasons
Men's Basketball Office Phone – (423) 652-4781
Associate Head CoachNick Pasqua
Assistant Coach
J.T. Blair

TEAM INFORMATION

Overall Record Last Year – 25-7
Conference Record / Finish – 17-3 / 1st
Starters Returning / Lost – 3 / 2
Letterwinners Returning / Lost
– 8 / 7

CONFERENCE CAROLINAS PRESEASON COACHES' POLL
- King was selected to repeat as Conference Carolinas champions in the preseason coaches' poll

TOP RETURNING PLAYERS

Senior C.J. Good (NABC All-Region second team, First team All-Conference Carolinas, Conference Carolinas Tournament MVP, Led NCAA Division II with an average of 3.97 three-point baskets per game and 127 triples, Shot 41.6 percent from three, Averaged 16.6 points per game)
Senior Hunter LeVeau (first team All-Conference Carolinas, Conference Carolinas all-tournament team, Led the league with 60 steals, Ranked 12th in the conference with an average of 5.6 rebounds per game…Made 94 three-point baskets, ranking third in Conference Carolinas, averaged 14.9 points per game)
Senior Derick Pope (averaged 8.4 points and 3.8 rebounds per game, started 14 of the 31 games in which he appeared, shot 50.0 percent from the floor)
Senior Malcolm St. Louis (redshirted in 2015-16, played in 23 games in 2014-15, averaging 4.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per game)
Redshirt junior Mack Owens (shot 52.1 percent from the floor, led King with an average of 6.1 rebounds per game, scored 7.1 points per game, posted 31 blocks)
Junior Shon'Dre Dukes (appeared in 31 games, making eight starts, grabbed 4.4 rebounds and scored 2.1 points per game, led King with 32 blocks)

KEY PLAYERS LOST TO GRADUATION

Calvin Walker (ranked second in NCAA Division II with an assist to turnover ratio of 3.51, averaged 4.9 assists per game, ranked second in Conference Carolinas with 54 steals)
James Scales (led Conference Carolina with a free throw percentage of 88.9, dished out 80 assists for an average of 2.6 per game)
Mikquell Jackson (third on the team in scoring at 8.8 points per game, grabbed 3.7 rebounds per game, accounted for 43 steals)

NEWCOMERS

Jordan Floyd, Stone Mountain, Ga. (Westover HS)
Mike Salomon, Statesboro, Ga. (Statesboro HS)
Demarkus Stuckey Jr., Wyoming, Mich. (Grand Rapids CC)
Desean Enzor, Tallahassee, Fla. (Amos P. Godby HS)
Ryan Mobley, Waxhaw, N.C. (
DamiAnn Prehay, Toronto, Ontario (Tallahassee CC)
Peyton Wingate, Johnson City, Tenn. (Science Hill HS)
Noble Fahnbulleh, New Hope, Minn. (Dakota County Technical College)
Timothy Taylor, Stanford, Ky. (Lincoln Memorial University)

SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS

- King opens the season on November 11-12 at Tusculum College where they will face defending national runner-up and second ranked Lincoln Memorial University on Friday night at 6:00 p.m. and the host Pioneers at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.
- The schedule features 15 home contest, starting on November 16 against Young Harris College.
- The Tornado open Conference Carolinas play on November 22 in the Student Center Complex against North Greenville University.
- The Conference Carolinas Men's Basketball Championship is scheduled to start on February 28 and conclude with the semifinals and finals on March 4-5.

ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

Director of Athletic Communications – Travis Chell, tlchell@king.edu
Athletic Communications Office Phone – (423) 652-6368
Chell Cell Phone – (715) 431-0253
Athletic Communications Fax – (423) 652-6041
Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant – Ryan Whitt, sportsinfo@king.edu
Athletic Communications Mailing Address – 1350 King College Rd., Bristol, TN 37620

Trojans stun King in overtime
February 11, 2017 Trojans stun King in overtime
Late Barton run tops Tornado
January 11, 2017 Late Barton run tops Tornado
King shoots past UVa-Wise
December 18, 2016 King shoots past UVa-Wise
Tornado shoot past Erskine
November 29, 2016 Tornado shoot past Erskine