2008-09 Men's Basketball Season Preview

2008-09 Men's Basketball Season Preview

Rams to open season on November 18th at Ramapo, 7:00 p.m.

Farmingdale, N.Y. - The 2008-09 Farmingdale State men's basketball team returns to defend their Skyline Conference Championship and will attempt a third Championship in four years. The team has compiled an 83-31 record over the past four seasons under fifth year Head Coach Erik Smiles. With the loss of Brian Robinson, Peter Lipka and Warren McAllister to graduation, the Rams will look to the new crop of seniors and the addition of some very athletic underclassmen.

This season Farmingdale State will be returning 2007-08 Skyline Conference and ECAC Metro Player of the Year, senior guard Damien Santana (Brooklyn, N.Y./Grady), who averaged over 21 points and six rebounds last season. Santana is on pace to become Farmingdale State’s All-Time leading scorer, as he holds 1311 career points and will look to surpass former teammate Kenny McMillan's (2002-06) record of 1776 points.

Joining Santana among the senior class are forward Erastus Shannon (Amityville, N.Y./Copiague), forward Davon Jackson (New York, N.Y./Rice) and guard Joe Cammarata (Levittown, N.Y./MacArthur). Shannon was a First Team All-Skyline selection last year after pulling down a team-leading 8.3 rebounds per game and scoring 11.8 points per game. Jackson shot 40-percent from three-point range in 07-08 and averaged 4.3 rebounds per game. Cammarata led the team last season shooting 81.5-percent from the free throw line.

Also returning is junior guard Dan Phillips (Baldwin, N.Y./Baldwin), junior guard Merlin Bass (Queens, N.Y./Holy Cross) and junior forward Terrence Howard (Queens, N.Y./Cardozo).

Coach Smiles has brought in a mix of seven players who he expects to make an immediate impact on the program. Atop the list is junior transfer Michael Campbell, a 6-5 guard/forward, who averaged 18 points and nine rebounds at Globe Community College. Campbell was a 1st Team All-Division One Region XV player at Globe. Torrance McGill, a transfer from Concordia College, is a 6-2 guard who averages 11 points and seven rebounds. Nikita Davis, a 6-7 sophomore transfer from Briarcliffe College, is an inside and outside player who averages 19 points and seven rebounds.

The Rams will tip-off the 2008-09 season at Ramapo College on Tuesday, November 18th at 7:00 p.m. The Skyline Conference schedule will begin on December 2nd at Polytechnic Institute. The first home game is scheduled for December 10th against Bard College.