The Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys basketball team will open up the regular season at the Arkansas Tech Tournament. Where the Wonder Boys host Minnesota-Crookston on Friday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. and will continue play by taking on Concordia-St. Paul on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m.
The Wonder Boys have been picked to finish 2nd behind the Arkansas-Monticello Boll Weevils in the annual preseason poll of Great American Conference head coaches. The Wonder Boys went 21-8 last season and defeated the Boll Weevils twice but were defeated in the GAC tournament. The Wonder Boys led the conference in scoring last season.
They will return six players from last year’s team. Alex Brown, from Vernon, Florida, was named a GAC Honorable Mention last season, and finished 2nd on the team in scoring, averaging 13.3 points per game. Brown was 2nd in rebounding, grabbing 5.2 game and 2nd on the team in three-point percentage, shooting 39.9 percent behind the arc. Montrell Williams, from Rocky Mount, North Carolina, will also return. He averaged 12.7 points per game and recorded 27 blocks last season. Freddy Lee, from Clarksville, will return for his junior season. Last season, he averaged 8.7 points per game and 5.1 assists per game. Mason Cline, from Springdale, and Tobin Johnson, from Van Buren, will return for their senior season.
Lee wants to lead by example this season and help other players get involved in the offense. “My role is to always be a leader on the team. I want to help other players learn how we play and operate on the floor,” Lee said. “If we play good defense and play as team, I don’t think we will lose a game. We have a lot of talent on the team this season.”
The Wonder Boys will have 10 new faces on the team this season. Some of those players included Division I transfers, such as Leonardo Edwards, from Detroit, R.J. Glasper, from Forrest City, Jerami Grace, from Dallas, and Jamie Rutherford, from Indianapolis.