TSUTigers.com previews the upcoming Tennessee State men’s basketball season with a three-part series highlighting point guards, wings/guards and post players. The season begins with a home exhibition game on Oct. 31 versus Tennessee Wesleyan before officially getting underway at Lipscomb on Nov. 10.
NASHVILLE --- Led by senior Armani Chaney, the Tennessee State men’s basketball team’s point guards will be relied upon to facilitate the offense for first-year Head Coach Brian “Penny” Collins during the 2018-19 season.
Chaney, who is the lone returning starter from last year’s squad, played in all 30 games with 29 starts a year ago. He led TSU in assists 21 times and ranked among the Ohio Valley Conference’s leaders in steals per game (6th – 1.4), assists per game (8th – 3.7) and assist to turnover ratio (11th – 1.3).
Another returner with game-experience is Tripp Davis, who has appeared in 23 games for TSU. The redshirt junior from Nashville earned minutes in 18 games in 2017-18, including seven OVC regular season games and the OVC Tournament game.
Among the point guards on the roster who have yet to play for TSU are Michael Littlejohn and Dave Morris.
Littlejohn was ultra productive for Southwest Tennessee Community College a year ago, leading the team in scoring (14.4 ppg), assists (3.2 apg) and three-point shooting (42.9 percent) en route to First Team All-Tennessee Community College Athletic Association Region 7 accolades. Morris, who redshirted at TSU last season, scored 2,270 points in his high school career and was a finalist for Mr. Basketball in the state of Pennsylvania as a senior in 2016-17.
POINT GUARD BREAKDOWN
|Armani Chaney||Sr.||5'10||165||83 career games played, 37 starts; Ranked top 10 in OVC in steals and assists|
|Tripp Davis||R-Jr.||6'3||180||Local product; 23 career games played|
|Michael Littlejohn||Jr.||5'10||160||1st Team All-Tennessee CC Athletic Association; Scored 14.4 ppg in JUCO|
|Dave Morris||R-Fr.||6'1||180||Redshirted in 2017-18; Finalist for Mr. Basketball in PA as a senior in HS|
ASSISTANT COACH RUSS WILLEMSEN TALKS ABOUT THE POINT GUARDS