Southern Miss released its roster Tuesday for the 2014-15 season. There are plenty of new names and much to be determined for first-year head coach Doc Sadler.
00 Shadell Millinghaus G 6-0 200 So.-HS Brooklyn, N.Y./Evelyn Mack Academy
2 Matt Bingaya G/F 6-5 200 r-So.-1L Delaware, Ohio/Delaware Hayes HS
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3 Davon Hayes G/F 6-6 180 r-So.-HS Portsmouth, Va./Mont Clare Academy
4 Dallas Anglin G 6-2 170 Jr.-TR Montclair, N.J./College of Southern Idaho
10 Keljin Blevins G 6-4 200 Fr.-HS Hot Springs, Ark./Bishop O’Connell
11 Rasham Suarez G 6-3 200 Jr.-TR Jonesboro, Ga./College of Central Florida
12 *Khari Price G 5-9 170 Jr.-TR Slidell, La./Dayton
13 Chip Armelin G 6-4 200 r-Sr.-1L Sulphur, La./Minnesota
15 Eddie Davis F 6-7 240 Fr.-HS Las Vegas, Nev./Centennial HS
20 Kevin Holland G 6-1 165 Fr.-HS Tuscaloosa, Ala./Paul W. Bryant HS
21 Norville Carey F 6-7 220 Jr.-2L British Virgin Islands/Red Lion Christian Academy
25 Jamie Chapman G 6-4 180 Jr.-2L Mobile, Ala./St. Paul’s Episcopal
33 Michael O’Donnell F 6-6 170 Jr.-TR Chicago, Ill/Moraine Valley CC
34 Jeremiah Eason F 6-7 230 Sr.-1L Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./College of Central Florida
Southern Miss loses all five primary starters from last year's squad that finished 29-7, but there is some production coming back for first-year head coach Doc Sadler.
Redshirt sophomore Matt Bingaya has a chance to be the go-to man for this team after filling in well for the injured Michael Craig last year. The athletic 6-foot-5 forward showed flashes of brilliance last season and his playing time increased as the year went along. He averaged 5.9 points and 3.7 rebounds.
While USM does lose its top post player, Daveon Boardingham, Jeremiah Eason and Norville Carey are returners with experience. They are both 6-foot-7, but have different games. Eason brings some bulk to the frontcourt at 230. He has good footwork and has the ability to score, but he has to do a better job of holding on to the ball. Carey should finally get his chance to shine for USM this season after being pushed down the depth chart by more polished players. He can block shots and is underrated as an offensive player.
Chip Armelin was often instant offense off the bench last year and it will be up to him to be a scoring threat at guard. The former Minnesota player averaged 4.8 points and 1.9 rebounds last year, hitting 51.1 percent of his shots.
The rest of the roster is a relatively young crew, but Rasham Suarez was a proven winner at the junior college level and should step in well at the point guard spot. Dallas Anglin, a former Hofstra player, should be an immediate contributor in the backcourt.
Davon Hayes, who sat out last year with an injury, could be the X-factor for the Golden Eagles this year. The 6-foot-6 swing might have been USM's sixth man last year if he wasn't sidelined with an Achilles injury.
I'm sure Sadler would love to immediately insert Dayton transfer Khari Price into the lineup, but the 5-foot-9 guard will have to sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules. Price played in all 37 games for Dayton last year, averaging 6.2 points and 1.8 assists. The Flyers made it all the way to the Elite 8 last year with Price playing a significant role.
How the rest of the first-year players will contribute this year remains to be seen. Six-foot-7, 240-pound Eddie Davis adds some size to the roster, but he is more of a stretch four.
USM may need true freshman Kevin Holland, a Tuscaloosa, Ala., native, to contribute as an outside shooter. With the loss of Aaron Brown to transfer, USM will need someone to provide the outside shot.
With so many changes to the roster from Donnie Tyndall's last year as head coach, this will definitely be a Doc Sadler squad.