Saturday, October 22, 2016

HU rebuilding after two straight MEAC men's basketball titles, but that's OK

HAMPTON, Virginia -- Reggie Johnson, the scoring and floor leader, is gone. So is Quinton Chievous, Mr. Double-Double, and Brian Darden, master of the dagger 3.

In all, the Hampton University men's basketball program has lost five players who made at least 13 starts and combined for 56 points per game. And going into the 2016-17 season, the two-time defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament champion is rebuilding.

And yet, though he returns only one scorer who averaged more than four points a game, HU coach Buck Joyner sees the positives. Three players who averaged double-digit minutes are back. So are some others who Joyner believes grew significantly in the offseason.

"The good part about it is, we have five or six guys that were a part of that team last year," Joyner said. "All they know is winning and a certain level of success. So every day, we're not fighting for the effort, for them to compete.


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