KEYSER- The Potomac State Men's Basketball team started off their 2017-18 campaign last night and a familiar face was seen pacing the sidelines inside Lough Gymnasium. Head Coach Shawn White made his return to the helm of the Potomac State Men's basketball program, having previously guided the Catamounts from 2006-2012.

In the first home game of the season the Catamounts played against Howard Community College and led late in the second half, however Howard refused to go away and the pesky team made a fierce late game comeback to defeat the Catamounts 74-69 in Lough Gymnasium.
While the first game of the young season did not go in favor of Potomac State, this team has talent and potential across the lineup.
Coach Shawn White has a proven track record of success coaching the Catamounts, highlighted by a WPCC Conference Championship in 2010.
Also during Shawn White’s tenure as Head Coach, Potomac State achieved several national rankings within the Top 10, having climbed all the way up to a No.6 ranking in the NJCAA Div.II Polls. This year Coach White inherits a team with lofty expectations as they currently are ranked No.25 in the Preseason Poll.  The Catamounts finished the 2016-17 season with an excellent 17-8 overall record, winning 90% of their home games at Lough Gymnasium. Coach White takes over for Justin Anderson, who had a 5 year stint coaching the Catamounts. In addition to his responsibilities coaching basketball, Shawn will continue to serve as Athletic Director of Potomac State College.
Although Potomac State has the respect of those voting in the Preseason Polls, Coach White has a difficult task ahead of him, with 0 returners available until the calendar hits 2018. Coach White stated, “We have a few guys returning who will become eligible in January, but during the fall semester we will be relying on all freshmen and one sophomore transfer.” Coach White elaborated on the situation, “We have 14 games before Christmas break and many of those teams have far more experience and depth. However, I am optimistic because our coaching staff which includes Coach Lindy Shank, Coach Russ Clay, and myself will put our team in situations to win games.”
Coach White provided some brief details on his starting 5:

Point Guard: Keon Lewis from Hugenot High School in Richmond, Va. “Keon is very quick, an excellent overall defender.”

Shooting Guard: CJ wilder from Capital High School in Charleston. "CJ will give us intensity on both ends of the court, CJ comes from a solid program at Capital.”

Wing: Deon Tabb a 6’5 transfer from Central Community College out of Nebraska. Deon attended Mt. Zion Prep before attending college. “Deon can score and rebound.”

Forward: Ramone Williams played last year Hermitage High School in Richmond, VA “Ramone is a 6’4 big body guy who can shoot, slash, and score.”

Center: Jaron Johnson is a big man from IC Norcom out of Portsmouth VA. “Jaron Johnson was a big part of IC Norcom run to the AAA State Championship. Jaron can rebound and play solid defense.”

Several other players will have major roles this season including Tim Coward from Richmond VA, Jordan Stover from Washington, DC., Anthony Dean from Charleston WV. In addition three local prospects will show off their basketball skills this season as the Keyser kids, Ryan Kunis and Caden Staggers, are ready to contribute, as well as Tyler Shanholtz who recently played for the Frankfort Falcons.

2017-18 Potomac State Roster

#

Player

Pos

Yr

Ht

WT

High School / Hometown

3

Jordan Stover

G

FR

6’2

170

Richard Montgomery, Washington,DC

4

Keon Lewis

PG

FR

5’7

160

Huguenot, Richmond, VA

5

Deon Tabb

W

SO

6’6

178

Mt. Zion Prep, Hampton, VA

10

Ryan Kunis

G

SO

5’11

160

Keyser HS, Keyser, WV

11

Tim Coward

PG

FR

6’1

158

Hermitage HS, Richmond, VA

12

Ramone Williams

W

FR

6’4

205

Hermitage HS, Richmond, VA

15

Cade Staggers

G

FR

5’10

150

Keyser HS, Keyser, WV

20

Calvin CJ Wilder

G

FR

6’2

182

Capital HS, Charleston, WV

24

Damani Morris’Eaddy

C

SO

6’8

215

Potomac HS Woodbridge, VA

25

Jaron Johnson

C

FR

6’6

225

IC Norcom HS, Portsmouth, VA

30

Tyler Shanholtz

F

FR

6’0

170

Frankfort HS, Ridgeley, WV

32

Kyle Jackson

F

SO

6’2

230

Musselman, Inwood, VA

33

Jordan Simmons

F

FR

6’2

170

Sterling HS, Sterling VA

40

Zy’Mire McCray

F

SO

6’5

175

Christiana HS, Newark, NJ

44

Miguel Byrd

C

FR

6’4

190

Christiana HS, Newark, DE

55

Anthony Dean

C

FR

6’3

265

Capital HS, Charleston, WV

RS

Bobby Foggin

F

FR

6’3

190

Parkersburg South, Parkersburg, WV

RS

Micah Crites

G

FR

6’0

170

Union HS, Mount Storm, WV

 

MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

Thurs. Nov 2, 2017 Howard Community College Keyser, WV 7:00 PM

Sat. Nov. 4, 2017 Pitt CC @ Patrick Henry CC Tourn. Martinsville, VA 4:00 PM

Sun. Nov. 5, 2017 Patrick Henry CC @ Tournament Martinsville, VA 5:00 PM

Wed. Nov. 8, 2017 Hagerstown Community College Keyser, WV 7:00 PM

Fri. Nov. 10, 2017 Southern State CC Hocking, OH 5:00 PM

Sat. Nov. 11, 2017 Hocking College Hocking, OH 5:00 PM

Sun. Nov. 12, 2017 Columbus State CC Columbus, OH 3:00 PM

Wed. Nov. 15, 2017 Butler CCC Keyser, WV 7:00 PM

Fri. Nov. 17, 2017 Niagra CCC- Garrett Tournament McHenry, MD 3:00 PM

Sat. Nov. 18, 2017 Mercyhurst NE Garrett Tournament McHenry, MD 2:00 PM

Wed. Nov. 29, 2017 Montgomery College Rockville, MD 7:00 PM

Sat. Dec. 2, 2017 Prince George’s CC Largo, MD 4:00 PM

Mon. Dec. 4, 2017 Anne Arundel CC Keyser, WV 7:00 PM

Tues. Dec. 5, 2017 Penn Highlands CC Keyser, WV 7:00 PM

Sat. Jan. 13, 2018 Cecil College Keyser, WV 4:00 PM

Wed. Jan. 17, 2018 Frederick Community College Keyser, WV 7:00 PM

Sat. Jan. 20, 2018 Mercyhurst North East CC Keyser, WV 4:00 PM

Mon. Jan. 22, 2018 CCBC Catonsville Catonsville, MD 7:00 PM

Sat. Jan. 27, 2018 Northern Virginia CC Keyser, WV 4:00 PM

Mon. Jan. 29, 2018 Allegany College Keyser, WV 7:00 PM

Wed. Jan. 31, 2018 Chesapeake College Wye Mills, MD 7:00 PM

Wed. Feb. 7, 2018 Butler CCC Butler, PA 7:00 PM

Fri. Feb. 9, 2018 College of Southern MD LaPlata, MD 7:00 PM

Sat. Feb. 10, 2018 Westmoreland CCC Youngwood, PA 2:00 PM

Mon. Feb. 12, 2018 Allegany College Cumberland, MD 7:00 PM

Thurs. Feb. 15, 2018 Northern Virginia CC Alexandria, VA 7:00 PM

Thurs. Feb. 22, 2018 CC Beaver County Keyser, WV 7:00 PM

Sat. Feb. 24, 2018 CCBC Dundalk Keyser, WV 3:00 PM

Wed. Feb. 28, 2018 Garrett College Keyser, WV 7:00 PM