Monday, October 22, 2012

The 2012-13 Texas San Antonio Roadrunners

Here's Coach Brooks Thompson's 2012-13 roster:


A.J. Price G 6-2 175 Fr. The Colony, Texas (The Colony HS)

Devon Agusi G 6-0 170 Sr. Dallas, Texas (Trinity Valley CC)

Hyjii Thomas G 6-1 160 Jr. Houston, Texas (Navarro JC)

Larry Wilkins F/C 6-4 250 Sr. San Antonio, Texas (Midland JC)

Tank Mayberry C 6-10 295 So. Corpus Christi, Texas (Navarro JC)

Jeremy Hines G 6-1 165 So. Bellaire, Texas (Bellaire HS)

Michael Hale III G 5-9 150 Sr. Federal Way, Wash. (North Idaho College)

Jeromie Hill F 6-8 230 Jr. Cairns, Australia (Australian Institute of Sport)

Lucas O'Brien C 6-10 220 Fr. Chandler, Ariz. (Perry HS)

Edrico McGregor F 6-7 225 Jr. Nassau, Bahamas (North Idaho JC)

Kannon Burrage G 6-3 185 Sr. East Moline, Ill. (Des Moines [Iowa] Area CC)

Phillip Jones F 6-6 200 Fr. Freeport, Bahamas (Piney Woods [Miss.] HS)

Jordan Sims G/F 6-4 185 Jr. El Mirage, Ariz. (Liberty HS)

Tyler Wood F 6-6 230 Jr. San Antonio, Texas (Madison HS)

George Matthews G 6-5 220 So. Phoenix, Ariz. (Utah)

* not sure who the two walk-ons are


Here's what PTW wrote back on May 21:

Brooks Thompson just sounds like the name of a basketball coach and here he is heading the University Texas San Antonio program. A solid backcourter, Thompson played at Texas A&M and Oklahoma State and was also a first round selection in the NBA draft. He was hired to lead the Roadrunner program in 2006.

Coming off an 18-14 overall, 10-6 Southland Conference season, Thompson has lost four graduating seniors plus two transfers while bringing in four new talents.

Saying goodby are forward/center Alex Vouyoukas, forwards Stephen Franklin and Larry Wilkins plus guard Sei Paye. Additionally, Forward Igor Nujic has transferred to St. Mary's. Melvin Johnson, a top scorer, also departed for reasons of chemistry.

So the RR backcourters and wings are:

* Kannon Burrage 6-foot-3 senior

Averaged a team-leading 13.5 points per game and shot 152 free throws, also tops.

* Michael Hale III 5-foot-9 senior

Best in assists with 3.2 per game.

* A.J. Price 6-foot-2 freshman

It looks like he redshirted last season but should be in the rotation in 2012-13.

Swinging between guard and wing is:

* Jordan Sims, 6-foot-4 junior (he played little)

Plus, one of the four newcomers is a guard:

* Hyjii Thomas 6-foot-3 junior (Navarro TX JC)

A superb athlete who is just putting it together, it's a matter of seeing how quickly he adjusts and advances to D-1 basketball.

So it's Burrage, Hale plus maybe Thomas as the core strengths of the Roadrunners.


In the frontcourt are two returnees and a trio of newbies:

* Jeromie Hill 6-foot-8, 230 junior

Averaged 12.5 points and 6.4 rebounds a contest last season, the latter the best on the squad. What's perplexing is that he shot 41% on treys but just 60% from the foul line. At the end of last season, Hill was named the Southland Conference Student Athlete of the Year.

* Tyler Wood 6-foot-6, 230 sophomore (he played little)


There are a trio of incoming bigs:

* Tank Mayberry, 6-foot-10, 285 (Navarro TX JC)  

The loser of 65 pounds since he arrived at Navarro, that an impressive feat in and of itself but more must disappear. There's really no competition in the middle for him if Thompson wants to go with a traditional setup.

* Edrico McGregor, 6-foot-7 230 (North Idaho CC)
Out of the Bahamas, he displays scoring and rebounding ability and should enjoy the opportunity of solid, right away playing time.

* Lucas O'Brien, 6-foot-10 220 AZ HS center 6-foot-10 220

He'll need added strength and bulk but he already shoots and runs the floor very well. A redshirt year isn't out of the question but that's if Mayberry can play 30 minutes a contest.

As a team the Roadrunners shot 45% overall to 42% for opponents, plus 39% to 32% from three-point range.

In summary,  the Roadrunner guard set appears a strength and Jeromie Hill is the man upfront but will be looked at to do more. If Thompson can get solid play from a couple of his new frontcourters, then San Antonio will be competitive.


The Texas San Antonio starting five:

* Tank Mayberry
* Jeromie Hill
* Hyjii Thomas
* Kannon Burrage
* Michael Hale III

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