The Florida College Falcons men's basketball team looks to build off what was a very solid campaign last year, where the team finished with a 15-11 record. This season, the Falcons bring back a plethora of key players including last year's leading scorer, Kent Hegarty. Hegarty averaged 16.6 points per game as a freshman and scored a season-high of 41 points against St. Andrews on November 4. Also returning for the Falcons are key players: Zach Brock, Jordan Benjamin, and Kerwiken Morpas. Brock is the team captain and will play a significant role in the backcourt. Benjamin is the go-to guy in the post for the Falcons. He was a 2nd Team USCAA All-American last year as a junior after averaging 14 points per game and 8 rebounds per game. Morpas, the Leesburg native, will look to build off a solid freshman campaign. He will provide depth in the post.
There are a handful of new faces and several will be counted on to contribute this year. Austin Mills transferred from Webber International University a year ago and sat out last season as a redshirt. This will be his first season on the court for the Falcons. Expect him to play a vital role in the backcourt this season. Mills is a terrific athlete who has great size at the point guard position. He loves to share the ball and can space the floor as well. Franck Tsoungui transferred from State College of Florida and has made his presence felt right away. Tsoungui is a great athlete who can defend a multitude of positions, while also having the ability to score the ball in a variety of ways. Jacob Roark will also be a new face to Falcon fans this year. Roark can shoot the lights out and is a talented scorer. He transferred to FC from Harding (Ark.) University where he was teammates with Kent Hegarty before he came to FC. Bryce Nickels might catch your eye, standing seven feet tall. He transferred to FC by way of Youngstown State (Ohio) University. Nickels sat out last season due to health reasons but will play a large chunk of minutes in the frontcourt this season.
A few Falcons return to the lineup this year after sitting out last season due to injuries. Jahkeal Samuel had a terrific freshman campaign in 15-16 before having it cut short and then ultimately missing all last season while taking a medical redshirt. He will provide shooting and spacing at both of the forward positions. McMichael Jamison is the longest tenured Falcon on the roster. He sat out last season with broken foot and received a medical redshirt. This season he will start the year off out of the lineup but hopes to be able to come back at some point during his senior season. He has had a great career and would no doubt provide a huge boost to this team at the forward position with his extreme athleticism.
"I am extremely excited for this season," said head coach Pat Todd. "We have a special group of young men. I believe we can win every game on our schedule this year. With what we brought back along with the pieces we brought in, I think this team has a great chance to be the best team we've had since I've been at FC."
The Falcons open up the season at The University of the Bahamas on October 27. The home opener is November 3 vs Crowley's Ridge (Ark.) College. The schedule includes 27 games, along with two exhibition games versus NCAA Division 1 schools (Lipscomb and Bethune-Cookman). The Falcons will look to compete for a USCAA National Tournament appearance just as they did last season. This is the first year as an NAIA member for Florida College. As a result, they will sit out of NAIA postseason play this calendar year. In the 18-19 season, FC will compete as an active member of the NAIA and Southern States Athletic Conference, with no restrictions on postseason play.