|WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE BOBCATS
With another season just around the corner, the
Frostburg State men's basketball team will look
to make the 2017-18 campaign a memorable one for
head coach Webb Hatch.
Hatch, the winningest coach in program history,
is heading into his 19th season at the helm of
the Bobcat basketball program and he announced
in late October that he will retire following
the 2017-18 season. As a team, Frostburg returns
a plethora of talent from a season ago which
means the Bobcats will aim for a spot in the
Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Tournament for
the first time since the 2012-13 season.
Frostburg was selected 10th in the 2017 CAC
Preseason Poll, released on November 14, but
Hatch and the Bobcats have plenty of momentum
heading into the new season.
The Bobcats return 11 players from last year's
7-18 squad that won three of its final five
games, including a thrilling 86-80 overtime
victory over then 11th-ranked Salisbury to cap
Frostburg will look to flip the script
offensively this season after wrapping up the
2016-17 campaign first in offensive rebounds
(14.6), third in assists (13.6), seventh in
points/game (69.8), seventh in field goal
percentage (41.2%) and eighth in three-point
field goal percentage (29.1%). The Bobcats
welcome back four of their top five scorers from
last season and Hatch believes this year's
up-tempo style of play will lead to a more
exciting brand of basketball.
"We hope to play more up-tempo than last season
and are looking to shoot more threes," Hatch
said. "We have excellent depth at small forward
and shooting guard with Tyler Michael, Daniel
Alexander, Greg Gibbs, Chris Coston, Obideah
Stith and JUCO transfer Jordan Johnson."
Headlining the returners is senior guard Tyler
Michael, a 2016-17 All-CAC Second Team selection
who finished second in the league in scoring
(16.5 ppg) last season. Michael, a Cresaptown,
Md. native, has become one of the most prominent
offensive players in the conference and enters
the season just 17 points shy of 1,000 for his
career. He scored in double-digits 21 times last
season and registered a season-high 32 points in
the Bobcats' season-opener against Mount
Aloysius on November 15, 2016.
"Tyler is a very well rounded and complete
player with the ability to score from anywhere
on the floor," Hatch said. "He worked on his
three-point shot a lot over the summer and has a
great ability to get to the hoop off the dribble
and does not shy aware from contact, which will
get him to the free throw line quite a bit. In
addition to his basketball skills he is an
outstanding student with aspirations of going to
graduate school after he has graduated from
Junior forward Edwin Cole is a double-double
threat that averaged 9.9 points and 9.6 rebounds
per game last year. Cole led the conference in
rebounds/game and scored in double figures 12
times last season. A native of Beltsville, Md.,
Cole posted a season-high 21 points last
February against Penn State Harrisburg and
grabbed 14 rebounds against Salisbury on
Senior Dalton Gaus averaged 5.7 points per game
last season and provides Frostburg with an
ability to hit shots from the outside. Gaus
converted the third most three-pointers (23) on
the team and shot three-pointers at a 37.1%
Senior Darren Campbell will also look to play an
increased role in the Bobcats offensive attack
after posting 8.6 points and 3.0 rebounds per
game. Sophomore Daniel Alexander should also
play an increased role after starting 10 games
last season. Alexander averaged 6.1 points and
posted a season-high 15 points against Mary
Washington in early February.
Campbell and Alexander, much like other players
on the team, can provide the Bobcats versatility
at either the guard or forward positions.
"Dalton Gaus and Darren Campbell give us two
6'5" nontraditional post men who can shoot the
three from the trail spot and Edwin Cole is our
best post player," Hatch said. "The post
position is where we do not yet have experienced
depth but hopefully that will evolve over the
With depth throughout the lineup, the Bobcats
are hoping that they can stay sharp on the
defensive side of the ball throughout the year.
"We will play multiple defenses and our depth
should allow us to stay fresh and get after
opponents," Hatch said.
Sophomore guard Lawrence Pettis, Jr. is the
team's leading returner with 28 steals while
Cole and senior Christopher Coston combined for
28 blocks last season.
The Bobcats finished seventh in the country in
total blocks (146) and paced Division III in
blocks per game (5.8).
Frostburg limited two opponents to under 60
points last season and held Marymount (Va.) to a
season-low 52 points on January 14.
Frostburg limited opponents to just 39.8%
shooting from the floor, a mark that ranked 17th
in DIII last season.
At the Point
Pettis is back to facilitate the Bobcat offense
this season after bursting onto the scene in his
first year with the Bobcats. Pettis finished
second in the conference with 3.1 assists/game
and fourth on the team in three-point field goal
"Lawrence will be as quick as any point guard in
the CAC. He is tough and an excellent on the
ball defender," Hatch said. "He sees the floor
well and can really excel in the open floor as a
passer and scorer."
While this year's Bobcat squad incorporates a
mix of newcomers and veterans alike, the burden
will be placed on the seven seniors, who
represent the largest class of players on this
After the departure of two seniors last season
(Josh Wiegand and Terry Martin), the Bobcats
enter the 2017-18 season with a total of 11
"We have four seniors who are entering their
fourth season in our program: Tyler Michael,
Dalton Gaus, Chris Coston and Jeffrey McMorris,"
Hatch said. "Darren Campbell and Greg Gibbs are
in their third and second season on our team and
their experience and leadership are invaluable
in setting the tone for practices and helping
the younger players."