Coach Lessett and the Hawks look to snap a four-game skid
Coach Lessett and the Hawks look to snap a four-game skid

Dec. 2, 2005

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The Game
The UMES men's basketball team (1-5) plays the second in a stretch of six straight road contests with a match-up against the Morehead State Eagles (1-2) of the Ohio Valley Conference Saturday night. The Hawks, who have dropped four straight, fell to Marshall University 66-56 Thursday to begin the road swing.

UMES, featuring eight freshman and ten newcomers on its active roster, picked up its lone victory November 15 against Utah Valley State in overtime. Morehead State, which has dropped consecutive contests at Dayton and at Texas Tech, also has a young squad with seven freshmen on its roster. The Eagles beat the Hawks 62-45 in Princess Anne last season on December 11, 2004.

Changing of the Guard
The 2005-'06 Hawk men's basketball team has a completely different face from that of the team that lost to Morgan State 77-56 in the MEAC Tournament opening round this March. Only five of the 14 players who suited up last season for the Hawks have returned (only four of which are currently active).

Fortunately for UMES, one of the returnees is Tim Parham, the MEAC's leading rebounder last season and a preseason MEAC Second Team selection this year. Parham tested the waters of the NBA draft last April but withdrew his name after deciding to return for his senior season. He's joined by freshmen guards Jesse Brooks and Ed Tyson, along with forwards Ryan Leak and Antonio McMillion in the starting line-up.

News and Notes
Tim Parham has already recorded three double-doubles (11.14 at Iowa, 11.18 at UMBC, 12.1 at Marshall) this season. He led the MEAC with 11 in `04-'05...

Freshman Ed Tyson has begun to pick up his scoring as he adjusts to the Division I level. The Hawks starting shooting guard has scored in double-figures three of the past four games, during which time he is averaging 11.0 ppg (44 pts)...

The Hawks have struggled to secure defensive rebounds so far this season, allowing an average of 18.0 offensive rpg. UMES is being out-rebounded in total by an average of 11.2 rpg...

UMES is shooting only 53% from the foul line this season (56-105). Tim Parham is shooting 45% from the charity stripe (13-29)...

This was the first time in four seasons ('01-'02) that UMES started 1-1. The last time a UMES team was above the .500 mark at any point of a season was 1998-'99 (seven seasons ago), when the squad went 3-2 and then 4-3...

UMES has started three consecutive seasons at 1-12 (and two straight at 1-13). In 2001-'02, the team started 2-3, and then later were 8-8. In `02-'03, the team finished 5-23, in '03-'04 8-21, and last season 2-26...

The Hawks returned only five players (Tim Parham, Ryan Leak, Tal Cohen, Terrell Harris and Shondale Robinson) from last season's squad that finished 2-26 (1-17 MEAC). One of those players, the senior Robinson, is likely out for the season with a broken leg...

Probable Starters
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. PPG RPG
10 Jesse Brooks G 6'1 170 Fr. 5.8 3.3
Freshman from Severn, Md...Played last season at Notre Dame Prep School (Fitchburg, Ma.)...Played at Archbishop Spalding HS, where he finished 2nd all-time in assists and was a teammate of current UCONN star Rudy Gay.
5 Ed Tyson G 6'3 205 Fr. 9.5 3.0
Freshman from Baltimore, Md...Played at Walbrook HS where he won the 2005 Maryland class 4A state championship and was ranked amongst the top point guards in the state...Nicknamed and commonly referred to as "Butz."
32 Ryan Leak F 6'4 185 So. 1.3 2.0
Played in 27 games last season (16 starts), averaged 5.7 ppg...Sophomore from Jamaica, NY, averaged 21 ppg for Bayside HS his senior season.
44 Antonio McMillion F 6'5 210 Jr. 11.7 3.0
JUCO transfer from Colby C.C. (Colby, Ks.) where he averaged 15.6 ppg last season...Attended Central Connecticut St. (CCSU) from 2002-2004, but missed `02-'03 with eye injury and played only 7 games in `03-'04...Played at Randallstown HS where he won the Maryland class 3A state championship in 2002 (senior season) and was named Third-Team All-State.
42 Tim Parham C 6'9 240 Sr. 15.5 9.3
Voted to Preseason All-MEAC Second-Team...Led MEAC in rebounding (8.6 rpg) and double-doubles (11) last season...All 11 of his double-doubles came in last 19 games (0 in prior 34 career games)...Announced eligibility for 2005 NBA Draft last April before withdrawing to return for senior season...Now in his third season playing at UMES...2003 transfer from Ellsworth C.C. (Iowa Falls, Ia) where he played one season (2001-'02).

Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. PPG RPG
1 Qavotstaraj Waddell C 6'11 240 Fr. 4.5 6.0
Red-shirt freshman from Norfolk, VA...Sat out last season to complete year in residence...Named preseason MEAC Top Newcomer by Street & Smith's College Basketball...Played at Coastal Christian Academy HS (Virginia Beach) where he played with NY Knicks' center Jackie Butler.
3 Dorian Pierce G 6'0 170 Fr. 0.3 0.8
Freshman from Jackson, Mi., played at Jackson HS...Originally from Detroit.
13 Art Valentine F 6'7 215 Jr. 1.0 0.8
JUCO transfer from Fulton-Montgomery C.C. (Johnstown, NY), where he averaged 16 ppg over his 2 seasons...Originally from Harlem, NY.
15 Troy Jackson G 6'3 175 Fr. 7.0 1.3
Freshman from Wilkes Barre, PA...Played at Laurinburg Prep School (Laurinburg, NC) in 2004-05, and before that at Scranton HS (Scranton, Pa.).
20 Terrell Harris G 6'1 175 Sr. 2.2 0.4
Walk-on from Philadelphia played in final 5 games of last season... Played baseball for UMES in 2004, pitched in 20 games (0-1, 9.89 ERA).
22 Shaun Warrick G 6'0 150 Fr. 0.0 0.0
Freshman walk-on from Philadelphia, played at Lutheran HS.
24 C.J. Prince G 6'3 200 Fr. -- --
Freshman walk-on from Teaneck, NJ, played at Teaneck HS, does not travel with team to road games.
30 Tal Cohen F 6'8 230 So. 0.0 0.3
Played in 27 games last season...Sophomore from Hadera, Israel, played on the Israeli Junior National Team while in the Israeli Army for three years.
45 Brandon Moore F 6'9 195 Fr. 0.0 1.0
Walk-on red-shirt freshman from Baltimore, Md....Sat out last season to complete year in residence...Played at Southern HS, former home of UMES assistant coach Meredith Smith (but did not play for him).

UMES Hawks (1-5)
2005-06 Schedule:
Previous Games
Date Game Result
11/10 Davis & Elkins. (Ex) W 82-68
11/14 ^at Iowa L 41-86
11/15 ^v. Utah Valley St. W 75-72 (OT)
11/18 at UMBC L 65-75
11/19 at St. John's L 40-77
11/25 Nicholls St. L 69-71
12/1 at Marshall L 56-66

Upcoming Games
Date Game Result
12/3 at Morehead St. 7:45 pm
12/7 at Rutgers 7:30 pm
12/10 at Howard* 6:00 pm
12/17 at George Wash. 2:00 pm
12/20 at Brown 7:00 pm
1/4 N.C. A&T* 7:30 pm
1/7 at Hampton* 6:00 pm
1/9 at Norfolk State* 8:00 pm
1/16 Delaware State* 2:00 pm
1/21 at Fla. A&M* 4:00 pm
1/23 at Beth-Cook.* 7:30 pm
1/28 at Morgan St.* 4:00 pm
1/30 at Coppin St.* 7:30 pm
2/4 Hampton* 4:00 pm
2/6 Norfolk St.* 7:30 pm
2/13 at Delaware St* 7:30 pm
2/18 Florida A&M* 4:00 pm
2/20 Beth.-Cookman* 7:30 pm
2/25 Morgan State* 4:00 pm
2/27 Coppin State* 7:30 pm
3/1 at S. Carolina St* 7:30 pm
3/4 Howard* 4:00 pm
3/6-11 MEAC Tourney TBA

*denotes MEAC conference game
^at Guardian's Classic (Iowa City)

Larry Lessett- Head Coach
Lawrence Lessett, Jr. is in his second season as head coach of the Hawks. While this position marks his debut as a Division I head coach, he has amassed almost thirty years of coaching experience from the high school level through the professional ranks.

Lessett came to Princess Anne after spending three years as a global scout for Magic Johnson International Basketball. Prior to that he served as head coach of the Magic City Snowbears of the International Basketball Association (IBA), where he coached the team to a franchise record in wins and a playoff appearance in his only season.

No stranger to the college ranks, Lessett has made several collegiate stops in his career, most recently as head basketball coach and athletic director of Hiwassee College in Madisonville, Tennessee. He has also served as an assistant coach at Mercer University, De Anza College, Georgia Southwestern College, Georgia College, Santa Barbara City College, Western New Mexico University, Loyola Marymount University and Cal State Northridge.

Lessett received a Bachelors degree in Physical Education from Cal State Northridge in 1983 and a Masters degree in Phys Ed and Health from Georgia College in 1991.

Assistant Coaches

Meredith Smith- Assistant Coach
Meredith Smith is in his second season as the first assistant men's basketball coach with the Hawks. He has returned to his alma mater after accumulating almost 30 years of high school coaching experience. Smith graduated from UMES, then Maryland State College, in 1975.

Smith became head coach men's basketball coach at Southern High School in Baltimore City in 1978 and held that position for 24 seasons. During that time he compiled a win-loss record of 414-145, giving him the second most victories in Baltimore City Public School history. Smith won 25 playoff games, including three Maryland State Championships, two Maryland Scholastic Association Conference Championships and a Baltimore City Championship in 1999-2000.

In 1993 the Baltimore Sun named Smith their "Coach of the Year." He holds a Bachelor's degree in Secondary and Physical Education from UMES and a Master's degree from Coppin State University.

Bert DeSalvo- Assistant Coach
Bert DeSalvo is in his first year as an assistant coach for the Hawks, primarily responsible for film exchange and budgeting. He comes to UMES after serving one year as the Girls' Varsity Head Coach at Chariho High School in Rhode Island.

While at Chariho, DeSalvo led his team to a playoff appearance in 2004-'05 with an 11-14 overall record. From 2001-'04 he was the Boys' Junior Varsity Head Coach at South Kingstown High School (R.I.), leading his team to a co-division championship in 2001-'02. DeSalvo has also coached at the middle school level and for several AAU teams.

DeSalvo received a Batchelor's degree in History from the University of Rhode Island in 2002.

MEAC 2005-06 Preseason Predicted Order of Finish
Rk School Points
1. S Car. St. (10) 402
T-2.*Delaware St. (6) 370
T-2.Hampton (4) 370
4. Norfolk State 240
5. Florida A&M 238
6. Coppin State 230
7. Bethune-Cook. 202
8. N Carolina A&T 146
9. Morgan State 138
10. Howard 78
11. MD East-Shore 26
(first-place votes in parenthesis)
*2005 regular season and MEAC Tournament champion

Preseason MEAC First Team
G Antonio Webb, Beth-Cook.
G Tony Tate, Florida A&M
G Jahsha Blunt, Delaware St.
F Thurman Zimmerman, SC St.
C Bruce Brown, Hampton

Second Team
G Tony Murphy, Norfolk St.
G Jeff Granger, Hampton
F Darius Glover, Florida A&M
F Tim Parham, UMES
F Brian Mason, SC St.

Preseason Player of the Year:
Bruce Brown, Hampton

-Selected in a vote by MEAC coaches and Sports Information Directors