Belhaven University


School Colors: Green and Gold
SID Name: Kirk McDonnell

Conference:
Southern States Athletic Conference
Main Rivals:
  • Faulkner University
  • Loyola University
  • Spring Hill College
  • University of Mobile
  • William Carey University

Undergraduate On Campus Enrollment:
Last National Tournament Appearance: 2012

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Local Newspaper: Clarion Ledger
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Returning Starters: 4
Primary Offensive Strategy: Motion
Returning players key to your offense:
THE BLAZERS FRONTCOURT
The Belhaven front court will have a new look this year with an influx of new recruits and a couple impact players returning to the team this year. The Blazers were thin up front at the end of the season due to injury, creating some matchup problems with opponents down the stretch. Coach Aiken doesn’t anticipate that being an issue this year.

Curt Hall is one of Belhaven’s top returners in the front court this season after appearing in 25 games a year ago. Hall, a senior forward from West Point, Miss., was third on the team in scoring at 10.4 points per game, connected on 64.9% of his field goals, while grabbing 6.4 rebounds per night. Hall made 18 starts in 2012-13 and is expected to be a starter and leader on the floor this year.

Other key returners include senior forwards Jonathan Ratliff and Deon Bedford. Ratliff, a native of Benton, Miss, played in 15 games last year where he averaged 8.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per night. Bedford, who hails from Maben, Miss, saw action in 14 contests and averaged 11.6 points per contest.

The Blazers brought in a deep and talented recruiting class this season, especially in the front court. Headlining the list of newcomers is forward Brandon Greene. Greene, who hails from Baltimore, Md and is a transfer from the University of Pikeville, is a welcomed addition to the club. “Brandon is a bruising power forward that will play some center for us as well,” Aiken said. “He was a key contributor for a Pikeville team that started 14-1 last year. We expect him to come in and lead our front court immediately. He is a very skilled post player with a great knack for blocking shots and passing the ball.”

Josh Gaskin and D’ariel Franklin should also provide solid play and depth in the front court this season. Gaskin, a native of Vicksburg, Miss, transfers to Belhaven after spending last season at Hinds Community College. “Josh reminds me a lot of returning senior Deon Bedford,” said Aiken. “He is a great kid with tremendous athletic ability. Josh will provide us quality depth in the post and has the ability to be effective in our ball screen offense and the press.”

Franklin, a native of Birmingham, Ala, comes to Belhaven by way of Shelton State Community College where he spent the first two years of his collegiate career. “Franklin is a high-major athlete and is one of the more physically gifted players we have had come through this program,” Aiken said. “We are excited about his experience in one of the best pressing systems in all of junior college at Shelton State.”
Returning Lettermen: 8
Primary Defensive Strategy: Multiple
Returning players key to your defense:
THE BLAZERS BACKCOURT
The Belhaven backcourt could very well be the strength of the team with some very talented players returning to the roster in 2013-13. One of those players is Chris Cofield who emerged as one of the top guards in the SSAC a year ago. Cofield, a senior from Omaha, NE, was selected for the SSAC All-Division team after averaging 9.7 points per game while leading the Blazers in assists with 104 in 2012-13. At the conference level, Cofield ranked fourth in assists per game (3.47) and fourth in total assists. Cofield was also a force on defense as evidenced by 37 steals, placing him 14th in the SSAC in that category.

Joining Cofield again this season is fellow guard Datodrick Pinkston who will help quarterback the offense as well. Pinkston, a junior from Forest, Miss, appeared in all 30 games last season, averaging 9.3 points and five rebounds per game. He was third on the team with 52 assists.

Junior Jerrial Dawson will also factor into the mix this season after playing in 28 contests for the Blazers last season. Dawson, a junior from Jackson, Miss, averaged 5.4 points in 2012-13. Senior Dione Milsap, a native of Yazoo City, Miss, played in 10 games last year and averaged 6.5 points per night. Milsap brings a lot of athleticism to the table and can create havoc on the offenses and defenses of opponents.

Coach Aiken also went out and brought in some quality recruits to bolster his already strong backcourt. Carlo McDonald, a native of Florence, Miss and transfer from Hinds Community College is one of those key recruits. “Carlo is a very versatile player for us and I am excited to see how he fits and where we can use him,” Aiken said. “He has the ability to play three positions offensively and defensively. He can really shoot the ball from the perimeter and has great size to take guards into the post.”

Josh Carpenter, a 6’2 guard from Hattiesburg, Miss, will make his Belhaven debut after transferring from Pearl River Community College. “Josh is a strong physical guard that reminds me a lot of AJ Taylor from our 2010 team,” Aiken said. “Josh can play both the point and two guard position and has a tremendous ability to get to the rim and finish. He will provide great depth to our guards.”

Alex Thompson is a local player from Jackson, Miss who will join the Blazers for the 2013-14 season. Thompson transfers in from Coahoma Community College. “Alex is a perfect fit point guard for our program,” Aiken said. “He played at Lanier High School and really understands our ball screen system. I am excited to see his growth defensively as I think he has the tools to be one of our best defenders.”

Rounding out the recruiting class is Dycus Juste from Orlando, FL by way of Ave Marie University. “Dycus came to us in January and has been working out with our team for a semester,” said Aiken. “He has a tremendous work ethic and is working hard to pick up our system. He has a very good mid-range game and will provide depth to our perimeter.”
Top 5 Recruits:
6'7" Brandon Greene – Baltimore, Maryland – Transfer from Pikeville University
"Brandon is a bruising power forward that will play some center for us as well," Aiken said. "He was a key contributor for a Pikeville team that started 14-1 last year. We expect him to come in and lead our front court immediately. He is a very skilled post player with a great knack for blocking shots and passing the ball."

6'9" Bouna Niang – Dakar, Senegal – Transfer from Baton Rouge Community College
"Bouna may be the most athletic big man to come through Belhaven since I have been here," Aiken said. "He was a great motor which allows him to play hard on both ends. His strengths will be rebounding the ball and in our press. We really expect him to be a game changer because of his tenacity and length."

6'8" Robert Farmer – Jackson, Mississippi – Transfer from Alabama Southern Community College
"We started recruiting Robert two years ago when he was playing at Alabama Southern," Aiken said. "He is a very skilled offensive post and is a great energy guy for our team. He is a constant encourager and really helps to blend many of our new pieces together. We are excited about his versatility."

6'5" Josh Gaskin – Vicksburg, Mississippi – Transfer from Hinds Community College
"Josh reminds me a lot of returning senior Deon Bedford," said Aiken. "He is a great kid with tremendous athletic ability. Josh will provide us quality depth in the post and has the ability to be effective in our ball screen offense and the press."

6'5" D'ariel Franklin – Birmingham, Alabama – Transfer from Shelton State Community College
"D is a high-major athlete and is one of the more physically gifted players we have had come through this program," Aiken said. "We are excited about his experience in one of the best pressing systems in all of junior college at Shelton State."

6'3" Carlo McDonald – Florence, Mississippi – Transfer from Hinds Community College
"Carlo is a very versatile player for us and I am excited to see how he fits and where we can use him," Aiken said. "He has the ability to play three positions offensively and defensively. He can really shoot the ball from the perimeter and has great size to take guards into the post."

6'2" Josh Carpenter – Hattiesburg, Mississippi – Transfer from Pearl River Community College
"Josh is a strong physical guard that reminds me a lot of AJ Taylor from our 2010 team," Aiken said. "Josh can play both the point and 2 guard position and has a tremendous ability to get to the rim and finish. He will provide great depth to our guards."

6'1" Alex Thompson – Jackson, Mississippi – Coahoma Community College
"Alex is a perfect fit point guard for our program," Aiken said. "He played at Lanier High School and really understands our ball screen system. I am excited to see his growth defensively as I think he has the tools to be one of our best defenders."

6' Dycus Juste – Orlando, Florida – Ave Maria University
"Dycus came to us in January and has been working out with our team for a semester," said Aiken. "He has a tremendous work ethic and is working hard to pick up our system. He has a very good mid-range game and will provide depth to our perimeter."
Coach John Aiken says this about the offense:
“Our team this year is really athletic and very deep and reminds me a lot of the team that won 24 games three years ago,” said Aiken. “We have players two deep at every position and that will enable us to play fast and get up and down the floor. I think this is going to be a fun team to watch.”
Coach John Aiken says this about the defense:
“As the head coach of the program I am really excited about the foundation we laid this past off season on the recruiting trail,” Aiken said. “My assistant Alex Ainsworth worked very hard as our recruiting coordinator this past year and really helped us address our needs for depth in a variety of areas. I am excited about the chemistry of this group and the skill set that so many of these guys bring to our program. When I took over this program, I said that our identity would be in our ability to really create pressure for 40 minutes on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. We now have quality depth to really make that vision a reality.”
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Head Coach: John Aiken

Alma Mater:

University of Southern Maine

Years at Current School:

2

Wins at School:

Losses at School:

12 18

Career Wins:

Career Losses:

12 18
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Assistant Coach:
Alex Ainsworth
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Rugg Arena

Gym/Arena Address

1500 Peachtree Street Jackson, Mississippi

Gym/Arena Capacity:

500
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Stats No. Last Name First Name Pos Yr Height Weight Hometown
1 Bedford Jordan G JR 6'0 Covington, LA
5 Bedford Deon F SR 6'5 Maben, MS
3 Cofield Chris G SR 6'0 Omaha, NE
11 Dawson Jerrial G JR 6'1 Jackson, MS
22 Franklin Dee F JR 6'5 Birmingham, AL
99 Gaskins Joshua F JR 6'5 Vicksburg, MS
33 Greene Brandon F SR 6'5 Baltimore, MD
25 Hall Curt F FR 5'10 West Point, MS
10 Juste Dycus G JR 6'1 Orlando, FL
34 McDonald Carlo F JR 6'2 Florence, MS
21 Oates Anthony G FR 5'10 New Orleans, LA
4 Pinkston Datodrick G JR 6'0 Forest. MS
24 Ratliff Jonathan F SR 6'5 Yazoo, MS
35 Rogers Luke G SR 6'4 Reading, England
12 Scioneaux Wade G JR 5'10 Grand Isle, LA
42 Weaver Broderick G FR 5'10 New Orleans, LA
2 Young Dejuan
Date Opponent Location Score Result Record
11/1/2013 7:00:00 PM Dalton State (GA.) Home 73 - 79 Loss 0-1
11/4/2013 7:30:00 PM Dillard (La.) Away 63 - 65 Loss 0-2
11/12/2013 7:40:00 PM Tougaloo (Miss.) Home 80 - 79 Win 1-2
11/15/2013 7:30:00 PM Brewton-Parker (Ga.) Away 69 - 78 Loss 1-3
11/16/2013 5:00:00 PM Coastal Georgia (Ga.) Away 79 - 68 Win 2-3
11/22/2013 8:25:00 PM Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) Home 85 - 52 Win 3-3
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM Emmanuel (Ga.) Home 74 - 71 Win 4-3
12/3/2013 7:30:00 PM Tougaloo (Miss.) Away 69 - 72 Loss 4-4
12/20/2013 6:00:00 PM Cumberland (Tenn.) Neutral 58 - 60 Loss 4-5
12/21/2013 8:00:00 PM Dalton State (GA.) Away 73 - 84 Loss 4-6
12/30/2013 2:00:00 PM Xavier (La.) Home 55 - 64 Loss 4-7
1/10/2014 7:30:00 PM Southern Wesleyan (S.C.) Away 90 - 78 Win 5-7
1/11/2014 5:00:00 PM Southern Poly (Ga.) Away 102 - 93 Win 6-7
1/14/2014 7:30:00 PM Dillard (La.) Home 79 - 56 Win 7-7
1/16/2014 7:30:00 PM Martin Methodist (Tenn.) Home 59 - 73 Loss 7-8
1/18/2014 4:15:00 PM Spring Hill (Ala.) Away 88 - 100 Loss 7-9
1/23/2014 7:30:00 PM Bethel (Tenn.) Away 90 - 88 Win 8-9
1/25/2014 4:00:00 PM Blue Mountain (Miss.) Home 77 - 70 Win 9-9
1/30/2014 7:00:00 PM Mobile (Ala.) Away 85 - 69 Win 10-9
2/1/2014 4:00:00 PM William Carey (Miss.) Home 70 - 90 Loss 10-10
2/6/2014 7:30:00 PM Loyola (La.) Away 78 - 63 Win 11-10
2/8/2014 4:00:00 PM Bethel (Tenn.) Home 75 - 79 Loss 11-11
2/13/2014 7:30:00 PM Spring Hill (Ala.) Home 73 - 53 Win 12-11
2/15/2014 4:00:00 PM Blue Mountain (Miss.) Away 75 - 72 Win 13-11
2/20/2014 7:30:00 PM Mobile (Ala.) Home 69 - 63 Win 14-11
2/22/2014 7:00:00 PM William Carey (Miss.) Away 88 - 91 Loss 14-12
2/25/2014 6:04:00 PM Xavier (La.) Away 64 - 78 Loss 14-13
2/27/2014 7:30:00 PM Loyola (La.) Home 59 - 51 Win 15-13
3/1/2014 5:00:00 PM Martin Methodist (Tenn.) Away 67 - 64 Win 16-13
3/6/2014 2:15:00 PM Southern Wesleyan (S.C.) Neutral 79 - 73 Win 17-13
3/7/2014 4:00:00 PM Emmanuel (Ga.) Neutral 72 - 76 Loss 17-14
3/8/2014 4:00:00 PM Martin Methodist (Tenn.) Neutral 74 - 57 Win 18-14
3/20/2014 8:00:00 PM Columbia (Mo.) Neutral 57 - 81 Loss 18-15