Vol State will open at the Northwest Florida Classic this weekend against the number one and number two pre-season ranked teams in the NJCAA poll. Northwest Florida lost in the national finals (2016-17) to Hutchison Community College; they won the national title in 2015-16. They return three players, 6'2 guard Andres Feliz, 6'2 Stanley Davis and 6'9 Karim Ezzeddine. They have added four players over 6'9 and have no one under 6'2. Vol State lost to Northwest Florida last year 99-85.
Vol State returns only one sophomore, 5'9 Alex Shaw and a transfer sophomore, Byron Dean from Campbellsville University. Both Shaw and Dean played high school at Hillwood. Thirteen players who have never played in a college game round out the squad. Freshman Will Coverdale (6'9, 296) will man the low post. He will be backed up by 6'5 NaDonnis Easley from Pearl-Cohn, 6'5 Jabori Murphy from Clarksville Northwest, 6'5 Chase Hawkins form Lancaster Christian and 6'3 Kevin Rimmer from Ezell Harding. George Stanberry a 6'1 freshman guard from Oakland, 6'5 Rasean Taylor (Clarksville Northeast), 6'3 Jaden Chumley (Cascade), 6'4 Cameron Roach (Houston), 6'3 Jordan Buchanan (South Warren), 6'1 Donavon Boatright (Clarksville Academy), 6'1 Elijah Shaw (Crockett County), 5'10 Aspen Bush (Giles County), and 6'1 Roddarius Pitts (Millington Central) will all play a vital role for Vol State.
Vol State's first five games will be on the road. Conference play will open November 10 and 11 at Columbia State and Jackson State. The first home game will be November 18 at 4:00 p.m. (Homecoming) against pre-season top 10 ranked Motlow State; Motlow State is the top pick to win Region VII. Home games will be broadcast live on 88.5 by Bill Buntin.