It will be tough for Youngstown State to replace Quin Humphrey and Keston Roberts and the Penguins will be an underdog in basketball lines most of the time this season.
NCAA basketball lines experts know that Humphrey and Roberts combined to average more than half of the team’s points per game from last year. Seniors Byron Davis, Dwight Holmes, John Barber and George Cotal, juniors Mikko Niemi and Jack Liles and sophomore Alek Mrozik will be expected to pick up the slack. NCAA basketball lines experts heard that third-year Coach Jerry Slocum still believes the Penguins can compete. Davis led the team last year with 116 assists according to NCAA basketball lines stats. He finished as the team's third-leading scorer averaging 8.6 points per game according to basketball lines numbers.
Sixth-man Barber returns for his final season according to basketball lines experts. Barber averaged 7.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest last year according to NCAA basketball lines numbers. Liles was second on the team averaging 6.4 rebounds per game and led the program in field-goal shooting according to NCAA basketball lines numbers. Holmes started 23 games and could play more according to NCAA basketball lines experts. Niemi filled in at the point guard spot and saw action in all 31 games according to NCAA basketball lines numbers. Cotal played in every game while Mrozik appeared in 17 games according to NCAA basketball lines numbers.
The newcomers feature junior college transfers Gemayl Johnson and Kevin Draughon, redshirt Vancey Cooksey and incoming freshmen Dan Boudler, Blair Rozenblad, Vytas Sulskis and Mychal Doblanski according to NCAA basketball lines experts. Doblanski was a standout guard from Liberty and was Trumbull County Player of the Year according to NCAA basketball lines experts. He averaged 21.9 points per game and may get playing time according to basketball lines experts. It probably will be a losing season for Youngstown State with the two big losses but they will still pull off the occasional upset against the NCAA basketball lines.