Thursday, August 13, 2009

Saint Peter's: Belin Should Make Impact

Saint Peter’s

Incoming freshmen:

- Steven Samuels, 6-4 guard from Windsor (Ct. H.S.), averaged 16 points, 7.5 assists per game as a senior, and was named the Hartford Courant’s Player of the Year in that area.

- Yvon Raymond, 6-3 guard, NiaPrep of Newark, N.J., averaged 12.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.0 steals.

- Jeron Belin, 6-6 forward from Monroe Community College. Averaged 14.3 points, 6.1 rebounds. Two years of eligibility. Sources indicate he will be an “impact” player in the MAAC and likely move into the Peacocks’ starting lineup, replacing Hakeem Gooding, who graduated in May and opted not to complete his final year of athletic eligibility. This blogger believes the combination of ability and team needs could mean he will make the biggest contribution of any incoming MAAC player this season.

Eligible Redshirts

- Darius Conley, RS-Fr., F, 6-7, 235, Newport News, VA/Warwick. Four years of eligibility after sitting out as a freshman last season. Body size indicates he could be a bruiser inside, but also has ability to hit a mid-range jumper. Strength, though, is his ability to play with his back to the basket. Could contend for playing time right away.

- Jamin Shumate, 6-7, 230pound forward. Also sat out as a freshman last season. Another low-post player with a soft touch around the basket but with toughness and rebounding ability, according to St. Peter’s sources who have seen him practice. Should also contend for playing time. He and Conley should provide some depth inside that the program lacked last season.

With Shumate, Conley, Belin joining Bacon, Saint Peter's should be able to compete better in the paint this season.

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