Windsor, N.J. -- With only one returning player from last
season, 6-foot sophomore Brandin Youngblood, MCCC Head Coach
Howard Levy sees many new faces - but lots of talent - on
Now in his fourth season, Levy says the team is likely to
start off slowly, as the new players adjust to the Vikings'
system. But he anticipates success as they will work hard
and "acclimate to our style."
A striking element on this season's roster are the number
of big men. Two of the newcomers are from the Baltic countries
- 6-4 Igor Popovic (Serbia) and 6-10 Filip Sekulic (Montenegro).Other
freshmen include 6-1 Armando Davis (Allentown HS) and 6-0
Mustafa El-Amin (Rancocas Valley HS), 6-4 sophomore Stanley
Tuchez (Hightstown HS), 6-1 Demetrius Tilley (Burlington Township
HS), 6-4 Kevin Avent (Trenton Central HS) and 6-2 Shaquile
Butler (Burlington City HS).
the Vikings from outside the Delaware Valley are 5-10 DaQWuill
Gibbs (Wildwood Catholic), 6-4 Ryan Henley (Marple-Newtown,
Pa.), 5-11 Marvin Champ (Philadelphia), 6-5 Makaranki Garcon
(Woodbridge), 6-2 Andre Washington and 6-3 Maurice McNeal,
both from Philadelphia, and 6-2 Ryan Roman ( Broadview, Ill).
he sees at this early point in the season, Levy considers
this to be one of the more talented of the four squads he
has coached at Mercer. Patience will be key, though. "I
expect the team to establish itself by the start of the new
year when the Garden State Athletic Conference and Region
XIX battles really heat up," Levy says.
will be assisted by Miles Smith and Eric Preston.
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