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Beginning Monday, June 21st, 2004 CHN began unveiling 144 Team previews in 144 Days. CHN ranked the nations top 144 teams, and is unveiling one per day leading up until the opening day of the 2004-05 Season.


Bookmark the 144 Teams in 144 Days home page, and check back each day to see which team is previewed next.

#131 Troy State Trojans

2003-04: 24-7, 18-2, 1st

Atlantic Sun


By Joel Welser


(This preview was corrected on July 15th to account for losses of Lewin & Davis)


Troy State went 18-2 in conference last year and 24-7 overall and earned a trip to the NIT.  They lost a heartbreaker to Niagara 87-83 in the opening round of that tournament.  This squad will have a chance to try it again, but with many new faces.  They have the talent ready to step in and compete for the Atlantic Sun title.


Who’s Out: Rob Lewin and Greg Davis are the big losses for Troy.  Lewin averaged 15.4 points per game and led the squad with eight rebounds.  Greg Davis led the team with 15.5 points per game and assists with 8.3.  Starters Kendrick Johnson and Herbert Evans will also be greatly missed.  Johnson and Evans both averaged over 11 points and five rebounds per game last year.


Who’s In: Three Junior College players will step in this year for coach Don Maestri.  Ransom Antoine, Richard Damus and Leon Woodstock could all make early contributions for the Trojans.


Who to Watch: Jerome Stamper will have to step in and be the star of the Trojans.  The 6-5 senior is the returning leading scorer with 9.4 points per game last season.  Stamper has decent shooting range and is a great rebounder.  His ability to do it all can cause nightmares for the opposing defenses.  As a sophomore, Stamper played at Iowa Western Community College where he scored nearly 17 points and grabbed nine boards per game.  As a freshman at Compton College, Stamper led all California junior college players with four steals per game. 


Projected Conference Rank: The competition in the Atlantic Sun will be fierce at the top.  Central Florida, Belmont and Georgia State will all have strong teams.  The Trojans will slip down into a very close 3rd place finish.


Projected Post-season Tournament: none


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