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America East Basketball: Albany Adds to Roster

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Time to take a look at the Albany Great Danes as they prepare for the 2022-23 season. Five new faces on the roster to go along with a challenging non-conference schedule highlight what is in store for Great Danes fans. The schedule has road dates with Providence on December 10, and Virginia on December 28. There are only three home games for the fans to see this year’s team in the non-conference schedule. They are Union (Div. III) on November 14, Florida Atlantic on November 26, and LIU Brooklyn on December 14. Albany will play an early in-season tournament, the Sunshine Slam in Dayton, Florida. Austin Peay will be their first opponent with either Bucknell or Presbyterian to follow. Let’s take a look at the additions to this year’s America East team. 

 

Marcus Jackson is a 6-3 guard from Amsterdam, NY who finished his high school career at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, MA. Coach Dwayne Killings likes his “passion, grit, and toughness on the floor.” Before his time at Cushing, Jackson was at Albany Academy where in his senior year at the school. He averaged  27-9 points, 9.2 assists, and 5.7 steals.

 

After spending two seasons at Merrimack College, 5-10 guard Malik Edmead joins the Great Danes. A season ago for the Warriors, Edmead averaged 9.4 points per game, two rebounds, and 79 total assists. He shot .439 from the field playing in all 30 games for Merrimack with 12 starts. The best game came against Bryant when he went for a season-high 19 points.

 

Sarju Patel is a 6-3 guard from Daleville, VA. He has spent the last three years in the Ivy League at Cornell. He was the captain of the team where he put up 9.4 points a night, with 3.5 rebounds, and one assist. He shot 47% from the field in 26 starts. He was also named to the Academy All-Ivy team as Cornell’s representative. Before Cornell, Patel spent two years at Virginia Military Institute where he shot 35% from three-point range in 29 games of which he started 12 as a sophomore.

 

Another guard from Philadelphia is 6-1 Da’kquan Davis. He comes to Albany after four years at Arcadia University in Pennsylvania. Davis sat out all of last year to save eligibility after playing 11 games in 2021. Davis still led the league at 23.9 points a game with 6.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists. He was named to both the D3 hoops first team All-Mid Atlantic first team and All-Mac Freedom first team.

 

Some size was added to the program in the person of 6-8 Japannah Kellogg from Ames, Iowa. He played the last three seasons at Wisconsin Green Bay. Last year in 27 games with 21 starts, he shot 48% from the field averaging 6.7 points. He averaged 24 minutes a night with a total of 107 boards. His best game was at Kansas State when he scored a season-high 15 points. Killings likes the front-court depth that Kellogg brings to the team and America East along with a desire to succeed both on and off the court.

 

The look at this America East basketball program is now complete. All that is left is for the games to begin.

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