Head coach Wes Miller enters another season at UNC-Greensboro and is looking to continue his trend of putting the Spartans on the map. After five seasons of winning no more than 15 games, Miller has now put together three straight seasons of 25+ wins, including a 29-7 record last year.
Now, UNCG returns an array of talent as well as several intriguing freshmen in what should make for an exciting upcoming season. Though the Spartans may be more on the younger side as far as experience, they have the talent to make another run in the SoCon Conference with several players coming from the state of North Carolina.
Let’s dive into the roster.
F James Dickey: The lengthy forward heads into his final season for the Spartans but has been a rock down low the past three seasons. Playing in 96 total games and starting 72, Dickey has averaged 7.6 points per game in three seasons but has been a monster on the boards with 7.9 rebounds in his career and racked up 170 total blocks. Dickey will once again be an anchor down low for UNCG this season.
G Isaiah Miller: Miller took advantage of the opportunity presented to him last year, starting 19 games and averaging 15.1 points per game, while also being named the SoCon Defensive Player of the Year. Expect Miller to do much of the same as he did last year; being a lockdown defender while also producing offensively for the Spartans.
F Kyrin Galloway: A 6’8 prospect, Galloway averaged 9.7 points per game last year for UNCG and brings that versatility inside and out. Starting 34 games last year, he shot 39 percent from three (53 made field goals) and averaged 4.3 rebounds. Galloway is the glue type guy that could see an improvement in his overall stats this upcoming season.
Players looking to step up:
G Kaleb Hunter: After a redshirt season, Hunter was able to get back on the court last year for the Spartans. Averaging 5.6 points and 16.8 minutes, Hunter saw action in 35 games last season and has a real chance to earn more playing time and fill in the role as a scoring guard with the losses of Alonso and Troy from last year.
F Mohammed Abdulsalam/ F Angelo Allegri: With these two players, UNCG will have more size that they can play with but it will be interesting to see if Abdulsalam and/or Allegri make any type of significant jump on the offensive end. Both played over 34 games last year in limited minutes, so neither should be afraid of the spotlight. Allegri brings more of an outside threat with 21 made three’s last year, while Abdulsalam could provide minutes down low with his 6’9 frame.
New faces for the Spartans:
G Michael Hueitt Jr.: An Old Dominion transfer that sat out last year Hueitt can be another guard that fills in that scoring role the Spartans lost from last year. Hueitt is an absolute shooter and can be dangerous from three. At ODU, he appeared in 13 games and averaged 5.9 points per game. At Northwood Temple in NC, he averaged nearly 28 points and could light it up from three.
G Keyshaun Langley/ Kobe Langley: Two great players from Southwest HS, the Langley twins will look to be the future for the Spartans in the coming years. But that doesn’t mean they can’t provide this upcoming season early on. When the two committed, Phenom Hoops had this to say about them and what they can provide.
“Keyshaun provides a strong point guard presence, able to consistently initiate and generate offense for the entire team while still applying off-ball pressure as a threat from beyond the arc. He doubles as a quality ball-handler and decisive decision-maker, but he’ll also surprise folks with his creativity and overall vision. Meanwhile, Kobe’s skillset is a terrific complement to his brother and allows the duo to play alongside each other with no real overlapping qualities. Kobe is a strong secondary creator that thrives from fifteen-feet and in, able to make countless plays in the midrange area. That being said, his powerful, well-rounded athleticism is among his best qualities. He’s an explosive leaper, but Kobe’s quickness and end-to-end speed typically don’t receive enough credit. Overall, the twins are both incredibly intelligent and display a superior feel for the game. Since we’ve been covering them, no one has been able to properly challenge them on defense and we’ll be looking for that continued approach at the next level.”
F Dericko Williams: Another key freshman for coach Miller, Williams was a fantastic find with his 6’8 frame, versatility, strength, and athleticism. The freshman forward will be a fun one to watch as he continues to develop at the college level. He plays with aggression on the court and his explosion will have fans on their feet. UNCG will have some bigs that have earned minutes already but Williams is one of those prospects to really keep an eye on in the coming years and provides nice depth and athleticism for UNCG.
Keep an eye also on freshmen 6’6 Khyre Thompson, 6’4 Arnas Adomavicius, and 6’10 Bas Leyte this season.