* The 2013-14 season marks the first for Wayne Brent as JSU’s head coach. Brent is the seventh head coach for Jackson State.
* Brent took over the head coaching job at Jackson State following a highly successful career in the high school ranks. Brent is known as one of the best developers of talent in the Jackson area.
* The Tigers finished the 2012-13 season with an 11-18 overall record and a 9-9 conference mark. JSU finished as the No. 2 seed in the SWAC tournament. After beating Alabama State in the quarter finals, the Tigers lost to Prairie View A&M (88-75) in the semifinals.
* Brent’s roster has only two players that saw action from last year’s team (Derrell Taylor and Jeff Stubbs). Taylor is the only returning starter from that team.
* JSU has 12 newcomers on roster this season. The slate of newcomers are highlighted by Jackson high school standouts like Marcus Love (Murrah HS), Dontaveon Robinson (Provine HS), Javares Brent (Provine HS) and Treshawn Bolden (Callaway HS).
* Since taking over as head coach at Jackson State, Wayne Brent has established a new student section for men's home games called "Brent's Bunch". The unit, which is composed of students, cheerleaders and the JSU dance line, is charged with bringing an exciting atmosphere to JSU’s home court (the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center).
-The Jackson State men’s basketball team enters Monday’s game with a 4-9, 0-1 record. The Tigers are coming off a SWAC opening loss to Alabama A&M.
-Julysses Nobles leads the team in scoring (15.8 ppg), BJ West leads the team in rebounding and blocked shots (11.1 rpg and 29 2.5 bpg).
-JSU averages 64.1 ppg and allows 69.9. The Tigers also average 35.8 rpg and allows 34.2.
Ala. St. - Jackson State Series
- JSU leads the series 47-29.
Scouting Alabama State
-Alabama State Hornets enter Monday’s game with a 7-5, 1-0 record. The Hornets are on a 3-game winning streak.
-Jemel Waters leads the team in scoring (13.8 ppg) and in assists (7.3 apg). Maurice Strong leads the team in rebounding (6.2).
-The Hornets are 2-4 in road games this season.
-Ala. St. averages 71.7 ppg and allows 69.1.
Last Meeting: JSU vs. Ala. St. (3/14/13)
-JSU won 66-59 in the opening round of the SWAC Tournament in Garland, Tex.
-Ala. St. led 31-30
-Christian Williams led JSU with 22 points and Jeff Stubbs came off the bench to score 18.
-Phillip Crawford led Ala. St. with 18 points.
JSU & the SWAC Rankings
-JSU is second in the SWAC in scoring defense (70.1)
-JSU is second in the SWAC in Rebounding Margin (+1)
-JSU leads the SWAC in defensive rebounding (34.8)
- J. Nobles is 3rd in the SWAC in scoring (17.1)
-BJ West leads the SWAC in rebounding (11.3)
-Jeff Stubbs leads the SWAC in FT%(.933)
-BJ West is 2nd in the SWAC in blocked shots (2.4)
JSU & the NCAA Rankings
-BJ West is ranked 41 (blocks), 7 (rebounds), 6 double-doubles.
-Jeff Stubbs is ranked 6 (FT%).
A Little More About The JSU Tigers
-Three Tigers were named to the College Sports Madness 2013 Preseason SWAC team – Julysses Nobles (3rd team), Jeff Stubbs (4th team) and Treshawn Bolden (predicted SWAC Freshman of the Year).
-JSU will be without the services of last year’s second leading scorer Kelsey Howard (14.1 ppg). Howard will sit-out the 2013-14 season.
Waters vs. Nobles
Monday’s game - JSU vs. Ala. St. - features two of the best all around players in the SWAC in Jamel Waters and Julysses Nobles. Both players lead their teams in multiple statistical categories. Waters leads Ala. St. in scoring (13.8 ppg), assists (7.3 apg), steals (1.8 spg) and minutes played (33.0).
Nobles leads JSU in scoring (15.8 ppg), assists (3.2 apg), steals (1.4 spg) and minutes played (35.4).
1st Double-Double of the Season
JSU center Brandon “BJ” West recorded his first double double of the season against Arkansas State when he recorded 14 points and 11 assists in a JSU loss.
Praise and Worship Night
JSU will next face the Alabama State Hornets Monday, Jan. 6 at the Lee E. Williams AAC. The game is tabbed as the Praise and Worship night and game ticket prices are $5 for the men’s and women’s double-header. Tip-off for the women’s game is set for 5:30 pm and the men will play at approximately 7:30 pm. For ticket info contact the JSU Athletics Ticket Office at 601-979-2420.
Tigers Hoops on B-Day radio
All JSU men’s basketball SWAC games (home and away) can be heard live on 99.1 FM B-Day. The broadcast will start with a pre-game show and end with a post game interview from head coach Wayne Brent. Sam West and Rob Jay will serve as the game commentators.
Today’s Opponents in the SWAC Preseason Rankings
JSU and Ala. St. will square off against each other in Monday’s game at the Lee E. Williams AAC. JSU was predicted to finish 5th in the conference this season and Ala, St. was predicted to finish 7th.
SWAC Tournament Moved to Houston
The 2014 Southwestern Athletic Conference basketball tournament has been moved to Houston, Texas (the Toyota Center) .