Morrison’s Projected Robert Morris Starting Five


Ethan Morrison projects the starting lineup for Monday night’s matchup at Ohio State

Ethan Morrison

With Robert Morris set to take on Ohio State in just a few hours, let’s look at my projected starting five.

When I look at this Robert Morris roster this year, I once again see them running a three-guard set rather than loading up the back half of the rotation with three forwards.

G – Michael Green III

Green is coming into his senior season with the Colonials and his second with the team after transferring over from Bryant during the 2020-21 offseason.

He was a mainstay in the Colonial rotation last season, starting in 24 out of the 29 games he appeared in a while, also averaging 31 minutes a game.

The senior from the Bronx averaged 10 points per game while also facilitating the ball, averaging three assists per game.

G – Enoch Cheeks

Junior Enoch Cheeks (5)  is looking to make an impact season as he is one of the four starters returning from last year (Photo by Malena Kaniuff)

The jump in production for junior guard Enoch Cheeks was substantial last season. He averaged nine points per game while snagging five rebounds off the glass, making him a very reliable option in the rotation this season.

Along with his impressive numbers, he also shot the ball at a 43 percent clip from the field and also 36 percent from beyond the arc.

He will again be a reliable scorer for this team looking to turn the page and finally compete in their third season in the Horizon League.

G – Josh Corbin

Corbin has a deadly shot from long range, as he has already hit 81 career three-pointers throughout his two seasons at Winthrop.

In his redshirt freshman season, Corbin shot the ball at a 40 percent clip from deep and a 29 percent clip in his redshirt sophomore season.

Look for him to be a mainstay in this Colonial rotation this season if he can continue to knock down shots at a high percentage clip.

F – Matt Mayers

Mayers returns to Robert Morris in his second season with the team as he looks to improve upon last season, where he saw increased playing time as the season progressed.

Mayers averaged six points per game while also grabbing four rebounds per game. If he can become more physical down low in the paint, both offensively and defensively, Mayers can become a threat on both sides of the floor.

F – Kahliel Spear

Kahliel Spear enters his graduate season and expected to be the focal point for Robert Morris in 2022-23 (Photo by Malena Kaniuff)

Spear returns for his graduate season with the Colonials after posting the best season of his collegiate career, where he led the team in points with 14 and rebounds with seven throughout the season.

His leadership ability slots him into the rotation nicely and being the veteran on the team can also help with the chemistry on the floor.

His inside presence is something to look out for as he protected the rim, registering 35 blocks while also shooting the ball at a 55 percent clip from the field.

Spear was also fourth in the Horizon League in rebounding and ranked 10th overall in the Horizon League in scoring.

He will be a major scoring threat this season down low and will become even more of an asset if he continues to work on his three-point shot, where he made just eight triples last season, shooting at a 29 percent clip.

The Bench

The Colonials also have a ton of depth on the bench this season, with plenty of guys that will be competing for minutes right out of the gates. One name to look into is TJ Wainwright, who could make an immediate impact off the bench because of his intangibles as a guard.

Also, players such as Chris Ford, Kevin Martina, Jackson Last and Stephaun Walker can slot in nicely with the rotation as well to help complement the starters.

It will be interesting to see how Andy Toole will construct his rotation, as we are just hours away from the start of the college basketball season.