OPINION: Projecting the men’s basketball opening night starting five

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Ethan Morrison lays out his prediction for the starting lineup for men’s basketball tonight. Photo credit: Tyler Gallo

By Ethan Morrison, Assistant Sports Editor

We are just an hour away from the tip-off of the RMU men’s basketball season as they look to get off on the right foot against UCF this evening down in Orlando.

With that being said, let’s take a look at my projected starting five for this upcoming game.

PG – Ferron Flavors Jr.

“Mr. 31 Flavors” makes his Robert Morris debut tonight after spending his last season with Oklahoma State playing alongside the number 1 overall pick in the NBA draft, Cade Cunningham.

Flavors Jr. dealt with injuries last year and averaged just 3.4 points per game with the Cowboys, but don’t sleep on Flavors Jr., in his two seasons with Cal Baptist he averaged 13.5 points per game and 12 points per game his one season at Fairfield.

He can hit the outside shot with ease and will look to have a significant role in the Colonials rotation this season.

SG – Kam Farris

Farris returns for his second season in the red white and blue after having a very successful first season with Robert Morris in his freshman campaign.

The Burlington, Vermont native averaged eight points per game over 17 appearances throughout the season. Farris shot the ball at a 46-percent clip from three-point land while shooting 47-percent from the field.

SF – Justin Winston

Winston is hungry to get out onto the court after getting limited action at St. Bonaventure during the COVID-shortened season. He will be a valuable asset on the wing for the Colonials this season with his versatile skill set.

“JDOT” averaged 8.7 points per game for the Bonnies in his last full season with the team as he started in 28 out of 31 games that he appeared in.

PF – Kahliel Spear

Spear enters his senior season with Robert Morris after a very productive first season with the Colonials last year.

After senior forward AJ Bramah flocked to the transfer portal towards the end of the season, Spear stepped up in a big way averaging just slightly under 10 points per game and five rebounds per game.

Spear will have a major presence down low in the paint. The one concern with Spear, however, was his inability to stretch the floor last season.

In his first two collegiate seasons, Spear hit the three-ball at a 37-percent clip. In his first season with Robert Morris, he just shot 26-percent from beyond the arc.

Even though Spear struggled from beyond the arc, he is still a tenacious defender on the inside and will be a crucial part of the offense this season.

C – Brandon Stone

It’s been a long time coming for Robert Morris as they bring in their first true Center since 2015 when Braden Burke was with the team. Stone brings in the size and versatility that Andy Toole and the company were looking for.

The 6’11 Alverton, Pennsylvania product played a limited amount of minutes for La Salle in his first two seasons at the collegiate level.

It would be very difficult to see Andy Toole not utilize Stone who can stretch the floor.

After the starting five, there’s still a ton of depth for the Colonials have they have NEC Rookie of the Year Michael Green III from Bryant, Rasheem Dunn from St. John’s and Jaron Williams from UT Martin at their disposal as well.

I wouldn’t be surprised if this team runs eight or nine guys deep this year as they have so much talent at their disposal.

The day has finally come. It’s time for some RMU basketball tonight at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN+.