TSUTigers.com previews the upcoming Tennessee State men’s basketball season with a three-part series highlighting point guards, wings/guards and post players. The season begins with a home exhibition game on Oct. 31 versus Tennessee Wesleyan before officially getting underway at Lipscomb on Nov. 10.
NASHVILLE --- First-year Head Coach Brian “Penny” Collins will have multiple options for post players during the 2018-19 season.
Stokley Chaffee Jr., who appeared in 28 games last season, returns for his senior season with another year of experience. Starting the last two games of the season in 2017-18, Chaffee put up nine points in both the regular season finale and the first round of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.
Among the post players, DaJion Henderson and Demarcus Mitchell attended TSU last year but did not play in a game. Henderson earned All-Conference honors at El Camino College Compton Center, a junior college in California, during the 2016-17 season. Mitchell secured All-Metro honors from The Commercial Appeal as a senior in high school.
The newcomer to the group is Emmanuel Egbuta, who starred at Navarro College in Texas for the last two seasons. Egbuta brings length and athleticism to the frontcourt after earning NJCAA Region XIV Second Team All-North Zone accolades a year ago for Navarro.
Jy’lan Washington, a Smyrna, Tenn. native, will sit out the 2018-19 season after transferring from Louisiana Tech. Washington played in 97 games in three seasons for the Bulldogs. He will have one year of eligibility left in 2019-20.
POST PLAYER BREAKDOWN
|Stokley Chaffee Jr.||Sr.||6'8||215||Played in 28 games with two starts; Averaged 2.7 ppg and 3.1 rpg|
|DaJion Henderson||R-Jr.||6'7||275||Missed 2017-18 season with injury; All-Conference at El Camino College Compton Center|
|Demarcus Mitchell||R-Fr.||6'7||220||Redshirted in 2017-18; AAA All-Metro from Commercial Appeal as a senior|
|Emmanuel Egbuta||Jr.||6'7||230||NJCAA Region XIV 2nd Team All-North Zone at Navarro College (Texas)|
|Jy'lan Washington||Sr.||6'9||195||Will sit out the 2018-19 season after transferring from Louisiana Tech|
ASSISTANT COACH JERRY NICHOLS TALKS ABOUT THE POST PLAYERS