The Wright State Raiders enter the 1999-2000 season looking to lay the foundation for the future of the WSU program. Two players Coach Ed Schilling will not have to worry about are junior forward Kevin Melson and sophomore guard Marcus May. Melson, the MCC Newcomer of the Year is an explosive player who can score in bunches. He will not be eligible until early December because of academics. May, is a multi-purpose guard who has a bright future. Center Israel Shienfeld improved as his playing time increased last season and he will start on opening night.
The other two positions, shooting guard and power forward are up for grabs. At shooting guard senior Steve Yeagle, sophomore Lewis Holmes, and freshman Joe Bills are contending for the starting spot. The power forward position is being contested by junior Onome Scott-Emaukpour, and two freshman John Watkins and Canadian import Thomas Hope. Other players who will play a role in the Raider season are junior center Bruno Petersons, junior forward Emanuel Stone, and sophomore guard Tyson Freeman.
There is some good young talent on this team (May, Melson, Bills, Watkins, Hope,and Hollins). Onome Scott-Emaukpour, Bruno Petersons, and Steve Yeagle must step up early in the season or they will be buried in the youth movement. Walk on players Emanuel Stone and Tyson Freeman must contribute for the Raiders to move up in the MCC.
This Wright State team is too young and thin to make many waves this season. Losing Kevin Melson until December and Vernard Hollins to Prop 48 will guarantee a slow start for the Raiders. But do not look at the season as a total loss. If Ed Schilling plays the young players and they develop brighter days are ahead for the WSU program but those days will not occur until the 2000-2001 season. If WSU wins 10 games consider the season a success.