Men's basketball projected starters

On November 9, 2012

  • The Bulls will be leaning on the shooting prowess of senior guard Tony Watson II to win the MAC in the 2012-13 season. Alexa Strudler /// The Spectrum

G - Jarod Oldham 6'3" - Junior, Decatur, Ill.

Last season, Oldham had the most assists at UB since the 1975-76 season. He'll need to play within himself - not get too excited or frantic - and control the pace as he gets the ball to his squad's offensive weapons.

G - Corey Raley-Ross 6'3" - Junior, Charlotte, N.C.

Raley-Ross came off the bench for the Bulls last season and appeared in more than half of the Bulls' games, but he didn't play many minutes. Raley-Ross has scary athletic ability and is the best dunker on the team. He has a lot of potential and will be a big contributor as the Bulls search for a perimeter threat to replace Zach Filzen.

F - Auraum Nuiriankh 6'6" - Junior, Baltimore, Md.

Nuiriankh started for the Bulls last year, but graduated senior Dave Barnett received most of the minutes at the three spot. Nuiriankh is known as a defensive specialist, but head coach Reggie Witherspoon said his offensive game has taken off.

F - Will Regan 6'8" - Sophomore, Buffalo, N.Y.

Regan is a local product who transferred from Virginia and sat out last year due to NCAA transfer rules. His presence in the paint as a big man will allow McCrea to work from all over the floor.

F - Javon McCrea 6'7" - Junior, Newark, N.Y.

Last year, McCrea was ranked one of the top 100 college basketball players in the country and he made first-team all-conference. With Mitchell Watt leaving, the team belongs to McCrea. He's a big man who can dominate in the paint. He is the Bulls' main offensive threat.

 

Player to watch

G - Tony Watson 6'2" - Senior, West Palm Beach, Fla.

Watson had a huge influence for the Bulls last season with clutch late-game shooting. He has the ability to drive and is a sniper from three-point range, which will be a big asset off the bench.

 

Prediction:

21-10 (10-6 Mid-American Conference)

The Bulls have a very difficult non-conference schedule this season and will play against Florida State and Washington State on the road - which may prove to be beneficial when the squad progresses to its conference slate. Buffalo is young, but this team returns many players who have been waiting and learning the past couple years. The Bulls are athletic and fast, and they should be fun to watch. Expect them to finish third or fourth in the MAC.

 

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