The 2005-06 Farmingdale State men's basketball team enters their third season in the Skyline Conference under second-year head coach Erik Smiles. Last season, the Rams went undefeated 14-0 in the conference, advancing to the Skyline Conference Championship game before falling to Mount Saint Mary, 87-79 in a close final. This season, the Rams have been selected as the favorite in the Skyline Preseason Coaches' Poll, receiving 96 points and six first-place votes.
Farmingdale State finished the '04-'05 season 20-9 overall and appeared in the ECAC Tournament for the first time in school history. The Rams are led by senior forward Kenny McMillan (Bronx, NY), the 2004-05 Skyline Conference Player of the Year, who averaged 18.4 points and a conference-leading 10.9 rebounds per game last season. Senior guard Dashawn Warren (Astoria, NY) and sophomore guard Peter Lipka (Shelton, CT) hope to help towards another great season and a chance for an NCAA appearance, along with junior Adam Manning (Derby, CT) and sophomores Sean McCabe (Bellmore, NY), Warren McAllister (Far Rockaway, NY), Brandon Freeman (Freeport, NY) and Abed Michel (Baldwin, NY).
The Rams welcome seven new additions to the roster, including four freshmen in Daimien Santana (Brooklyn, NY), Joey Cammarata (Levittown, NY), Daryl Washington (New York, NY) and Sam Edwards (New York, NY). Three transfers will make their first appearance on the court for Coach Smiles, junior Terry Menefee (Mission, KS), junior Anthony Cox (Malverne, NY) and sophomore Brian Robinson (White Plains, NY).
The Rams open up the 2005-06 25-game regular season schedule at the WCSU Tournament on November 26-27th at Western Connecticut State University. Western Connecticut plays Mitchell College at 6:00pm, while the Rams face Wesleyan at 8:00pm. The winners advance to the Championship game on Sunday at 3:00pm and the consolation game will be played at 1:00pm.