The 2016-17 Tennessee State men's basketball season begins with a Nov. 3 home exhibition game versus Fisk at the Gentry Center. TSUTigers.com will provide a preview leading up to the season. Guards are featured in today's preview with a feature on the team’s wings set for later.
NASHVILLE --- Reigning Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year Tahjere McCall (Philadelphia, Pa.) returns for his final year of eligibility in 2016-17 to spearhead the Tennessee State men’s basketball team’s guards.
McCall, who averaged 14.6 points per game while ranking ninth in the nation with 2.3 steals per game, will be joined by a talented group of guards as the Tigers look to replace last year’s leading scorer Keron DeShields (16.5 ppg). McCall earned a number of honors last season, including First Team All-OVC in addition to claiming a spot on the OVC All-Newcomer Team.
Outside of McCall, the guard with the most experience in the TSU system is Armani Chaney (Chicago, Ill.). The sophomore appeared in 24 games, putting up 3.8 points and 1.4 assists per game a year ago as a freshman. Chaney earned OVC Co-Freshman of the Week after putting up 17 points in a win over Morehead State.
Another returner for TSU is Thomas Davis (Nashville, Tenn.), who redshirted during his first season on campus in 2015-16.
Three transfers, Delano Spencer (Atlanta, Ga.), A’Torey Everett (Dallas, Texas) and Chris Bolden (Tifton, Ga.) are all in their first year at TSU. Spencer (Coffeyville CC) and Everett (Murray State College) were the leading scorers at their respective junior colleges last season, while Bolden previously played for Georgia Tech.
TENNESSEE STATE HEAD COACH DANA FORD
“We’re really pleased with the progress of Armani Chaney. He makes us a different team because he’s a true point guard that can also score. He’s a difficult matchup when he’s on his game. We’re still working on ball toughness with our guards as well as the wings, getting our guys to make the right decisions, getting the ball where it needs to get to when it needs to be there. Having him in the fold will really help us. Obviously, Tahjere McCall knows what’s going on. We are still trying to figure out who will be our third guy to handle the ball.”
TENNESSEE STATE 2016-17 GUARDS
|Tahjere McCall||R-Sr.||6'5||195||OVC Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-OVC in 2015-16|
|Armani Chaney||So.||5'10||165||OVC Co-Freshman of the Week (2/15/16); 3.8 ppg, 1.4 apg in 2015-16|
|Thomas Davis||R-Fr.||6'2||175||Sat out first season at TSU in 2015-16 as a redshirt|
|Delano Spencer||Jr.||6'3||195||Led Coffeyville CC in scoring (17.8 ppg) in 2015-16|
|A'Torey Everett||So.||6'4||190||Led Murray State College in scoring (17.4 ppg) in 2015-16|
|Chris Bolden||R-Sr.||6'3||215||Scored 560 points in three seasons at Georgia Tech|