2012-2013 Season Preview: Florida International

Filed under Season Preview on November 7th, 2012
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The 2012-2013 season opens for Florida International basketball with a game against Boston College on November 11 in Chestnut Hill. The Golden Panthers are looking to live up to the expectations of last season's run. They'll need to overcome the loss of 78% of their minutes from last season with the contributions of two incoming freshmen.

The Florida International offense will suffer from a 94% drop in three-point shooting, the largest gap that the team will need to fill. Following that is scoring, where they also lost a big 87.2% of last year's output.

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Florida International played to a final overall record of 8-20 last season and landed in 10th place in the Sun Belt East with a conference record of 5-11. The Golden Panthers would go on to lose to Western Kentucky 67-63 in the Sun Belt tournament. Florida International lost last year's seniors DeJuan Wright (36 minutes per game) and Jeremy Allen (32 MPG). The Golden Panthers will also miss several players, including Phil Taylor (31 MPG), Dominique Ferguson (29 MPG), Brandon Moore (24 MPG), Gilles Dierickx (transferred to Washington), and Richaud Pack (8 MPG).

The Golden Panthers retain senior Tola Akomolafe (3.2 points/game), senior Cameron Bell (4.0 points/game), sophomore Deric Hill (1.4 assists/game), sophomore Joey De La Rosa (1.4 points/game), and junior Steven Miro (1.1 points/game).

The Golden Panthers get incoming freshmen including 6-6 Jerome Frink and 6-3 Dee Lewis. Other players joining the team include 6-4 sophomore Marco Porcher Jimenez (transferred from Fairleigh Dickinson), 6-0 sophomore Cody Mann (transferred from Colorado State), 6-3 junior Dennis Mavin (transferred from Florida Atlantic), 6-2 senior Gaby Belardo (transferred from Canisius), 6-2 sophomore Juan Ferrales, and 6-5 junior Tymell Murphy.

The Golden Panthers schedule includes one game against an AP preseason Top 25 team, at #2 Louisville on December 19th. Florida International kicks off Sun Belt play on November 29th against Arkansas State.

Season Preview Notes:
  • Since 2002, Florida International has an overall winning percentage of 31.7%.
  • The Golden Panthers have an average conference finish of 7.4 over the last 5 seasons. Over the past 16 the team has an average finish of 5.2.
  • The average final RPI (last year) of opponents on this year's schedule is 203.4.
  • This year's opponent with the highest RPI from last year is Louisville (#10).
  • This year's opponent with the lowest RPI from last year is Florida A&M (#318).
  • The last time Florida International returned less than 16% of the team's statistical production was 1996-1997.

Tags: DeJuan Wright, Jeremy Allen, Phil Taylor, Dominique Ferguson, Brandon Moore, Gilles Dierickx, Richaud Pack, Tola Akomolafe, Cameron Bell, Deric Hill, Joey De La Rosa, Steven Miro, Jerome Frink, Dee Lewis, Marco Porcher Jimenez, Cody Mann, Dennis Mavin, Gaby Belardo, Juan Ferrales, Tymell Murphy, Rakeem Buckles, Raymond Taylor, Malik Smith, Ivan Jurkovic

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2013-2014 Roster

#1 Jason Boswell Fr G 6-6 205
#21 Rakeem Buckles Sr F 6-7 215
#34 Joey De La Rosa Jr C 6-11 240
#20 Adrian Diaz Jr F 6-10 230
#3 Jerome Frink So F 6-6 220
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#22 Dennis Mavin Jr G 6-3 183
#10 Steven Miro Sr G 6-3 190
#15 Tymell Murphy Sr F 6-5 210
#33 G. Naldjieff Sr F 6-6 225
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#23 M. Porcher Jimenez Jr G 6-4 185
#11 Ray Rodriguez So G 6-1 180
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