2009–10 Toledo Rockets men's basketball team

The 2009–10 Toledo Rockets men's basketball team represented the University of Toledo in the college basketball season of 2009–10. The team, coached by Gene Cross, are members of the Mid-American Conference and played their homes game in Savage Arena. They finished the season 4–28, 1–15 in MAC play and lost in the first round of the 2010 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament. Head coach Gene Cross resigned at the end of the season.

2009–10 Toledo Rockets men's basketball
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ConferenceMid-American Conference
DivisionWest Division
2009–10 record4–28 (1–15 MAC)
Head coachGene Cross
Assistant coaches
Home arenaSavage Arena
Seasons
2009–10 Mid-American Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
Kent State 13 3   .813     24 10   .706
Akron 12 4   .750     24 11   .686
Miami 9 7   .563     14 18   .438
Buffalo 9 7   .563     18 12   .600
Ohio 7 9   .438     22 15   .595
Bowling Green 6 10   .375     14 16   .467
West
Central Michigan 9 7   .563     15 15   .500
Eastern Michigan 8 8   .500     17 15   .531
Western Michigan 8 8   .500     18 15   .545
Ball State 8 8   .500     15 15   .500
Northern Illinois 6 10   .375     10 20   .333
Toledo 1 15   .063     4 28   .125
Conference tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Before the seasonEdit

Roster changesEdit

The Rockets only return two starters from last year's team, Justin Anyijong and Larry Bastfield.[1] The other three starters from last season, Tyrone Kent, Jonathan Amos, and Anthony Byrd, were high contributors from that year. Kent and Amos both had over 13 points per game, and combined for 9.9 rebounds per game, while Byrd had 5.2 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. Kent found professional play with French team L'Hermine de Nantes.[2] The team also lost senior Ridley Johnson to graduation.

To replace these seniors, the University of Toledo recruited eight new players, all freshmen, for the 2009–10 season.

RecruitingEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Jake Barnett
PG
Wauwatosa, WI East/Notre Dame (MA) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Mar 18, 2009 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 80
Jordan Dressler
PF
Columbia, MO Rock Bridge SHS 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Oct 13, 2008 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 85
Josh Freelove
PG
North Lauderdale, FL North Broward Prep 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Apr 22, 2009 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 78
Malcolm Griffin
SG
Chicago, IL Hyde Park HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Apr 15, 2009 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 82
Hayden Humes
SF
Valparaiso, IN Valparaiso HS 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Oct 28, 2008 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 86
Kevin Rohner
Rochester Hills, MI Rochester Adams HS 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A
Devin Russell
PF
Toledo, OH Start HS 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jul 3, 2008 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 78
Neil Watson
PG
Kansas City, KS Sumner Academy 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Jan 16, 2009 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 85
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Toledo Commit List for 2009". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2009-10-26.
  • "Scout.com: Basketball Recruiting". Scout.com. Retrieved 2009-10-26.
  • "Toledo Basketball Recruiting 2009". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2009-10-26.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved 2009-10-26.
  • "2009 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2009-10-26.

RosterEdit

Roster current as of August 27, when their summer prospectus was published.[1]

Name Number Position Height Weight Year Hometown
Stephen Albrecht 15 G 6–3 175   Freshman Crown Point, Indiana
Justin Anyijong 1 F/C 6–9 205 Junior East Grand Rapids, Michigan
Jake Barnett 30 G 6–5 190 Freshman Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Larry Bastfield 11 G 5–11 190 Sophomore Baltimore, Maryland
Jordan Dressler 42 F/C 6–8 245 Freshman Columbia, Missouri
Josh Freelove 10 G 6–1 175 Freshman North Lauderdale, Florida
Malcolm Griffin 23 G 6–4 205 Freshman Chicago, Illinois
Hayden Humes 4 F 6–8 210 Freshman Valparaiso, Indiana
Mouhamed Lo 33 F 6–8 225 Junior New York, New York
Drew Rodriguez 20 G 6–0 175 Sophomore Dearborn, Michigan
Kevin Rohner 21 G 6–1 165 Freshman Rochester Hills, Michigan
Devin Russell 35 F/C 6–9 210 Freshman Toledo, Ohio
Ian Salter 45 F/C 6–10 215 Sophomore Fairfax, California
Jay Shunnar 22 G 6–1 170 Sophomore Ann Arbor, Michigan
Neil Watson 31 G 5–10 165 Freshman Kansas City, Kansas

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position College Graduating year
Gene Cross Head Coach University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1994
Brian Loyd Assistant Coach University of Tulsa 1991
Bob Sundvold Assistant Coach South Dakota State University 1977
Nate Tuori Assistant Coach Rochester College 1999
Brad Konerman Director of Basketball Operations Xavier University 2007
Brian Jones Head Athletic Trainer Ball State University 1995
Steve Murray Strength and Conditioning Coach Penn State University 1987

ScheduleEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
November 10*
7:00 p.m.
Central State (OH) L 49–56
Stats
 

Savage Arena 
Toledo, Ohio
Regular Season
November 14*
7:00 p.m.
Eastern Illinois L 62–72
Stats
 
0–1
Savage Arena (4,127)
Toledo, Ohio
November 18*
7:30 p.m.
at Cincinnati L 68–92
Stats
 
0–2
Fifth Third Arena (7,010)
Cincinnati, Ohio
November 20*
6:30 p.m.
at No. 2 Michigan State L 62–75
Stats[dead link]
 
0–3
Breslin Student Events Center (14,759)
East Lansing, Michigan
November 27*
2:00 p.m.
vs. Cornell
Legends Classic
L 60–78
Stats
 
0–4
Daskalakis Athletic Center 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
November 28*
4:30 p.m.
at Drexel
Legends Classic
L 59–69  0–5
Daskalakis Athletic Center (1,206)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
November 29*
12:00 p.m.
vs. Vermont
Legends Classic
L 49–82
Stats
 
0–6
Daskalakis Athletic Center 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
December 2*
7:00 p.m.
Rochester (MI) W 65–46
Stats
 
1–6
Savage Arena (3,592)
Toledo, Ohio
December 5*
2:00 p.m.
UMBC W 76–67
Stats
 
2–6
Savage Arena (3,657)
Toledo, Ohio
December 8*
7:00 p.m.
Wright State L 56–66
Stats
 
2–7
Savage Arena (4,295)
Toledo, Ohio
December 10*
7:00 p.m.
IPFW W 73–72
Stats
 
3–7
Savage Arena (3,983)
Toledo, Ohio
December 12*
3:00 p.m.
at Valparaiso L 49–81
Stats
 
3–8
Athletics-Recreation Center (3,278)
Valparaiso, Indiana
December 19*
7:00 p.m.
Indiana State L 54–55  3–9
Savage Arena (3,687)
Toledo, Ohio
December 29*
8:00 p.m.
at UIC L 52–66  3–10
UIC Pavilion (2,406)
Chicago, Illinois
January 4*
7:00 p.m.
Alabama L 50–67  3–11
Savage Arena (4,023)
Toledo, Ohio
January 9
2:30 p.m., FSN Ohio
Central Michigan L 48–59  3–12
(0–1)
Savage Arena (5,199)
Toledo, Ohio
January 13
7:00 p.m.
at Eastern Michigan L 59–74  3–13
(0–2)
Convocation Center (1,182)
Ypsilanti, Michigan
January 17
1:00 p.m., FSN Ohio
at Ball State L 43–71  3–14
(0–3)
John E. Worthen Arena (3,295)
Muncie, Indiana
January 20
7:00 p.m.
Northern Illinois L 54–58  3–15
(0–4)
Savage Arena (3,556)
Toledo, Ohio
January 23
2:00 p.m.
at Western Michigan L 41–73  3–16
(0–5)
Alumni Arena (3,521)
Kalamazoo, Michigan
January 26
7:00 p.m.
Kent State L 49–69  3–17
(0–6)
Savage Arena (4,358)
Toledo, Ohio
January 30
7:00 p.m.
at Akron L 45–59  3–18
(0–7)
James A. Rhodes Arena (3,634)
Akron, Ohio
February 1
7:00 p.m.
at Bowling Green L 47–58  3–19
(0–8)
Anderson Arena (2,042)
Bowling Green, Ohio
February 4
7:00 p.m.
Ohio L 58–65 OT 3–20
(0–9)
Savage Arena (3,408)
Toledo, Ohio
February 6
7:00 p.m.
Buffalo L 59–65  3–21
(0–10)
Savage Arena (4,565)
Toledo, Ohio
February 10
7:00 p.m.
at Miami (OH) L 47–55  3–22
(0–11)
Millett Hall (1,143)
Oxford, Ohio
February 14
4:30 p.m.
at Central Michigan L 46–63  3–23
(0–12)
Daniel P. Rose Center (2,074)
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
February 17
7:00 p.m.
Eastern Michigan L 42–58  3–24
(0–13)
Savage Arena (3,558)
Toledo, Ohio
February 20*
6:00 p.m.
at Cleveland State L 63–87  3–25
Wolstein Center (2,503)
Cleveland, Ohio
February 24
7:00 p.m.
Western Michigan L 41–61  3–26
(0–14)
Savage Arena (3,398)
Toledo, Ohio
February 27
7:00 p.m.
Ball State W 42–45  4–26
(1–14)
Savage Arena (3,892)
Toledo, Ohio
March 4
8:00 p.m.
at Northern Illinois L 58–60  4–27
(1–15)
Convocation Center (1,233)
DeKalb, Illinois
2010 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament
March 7
2:00 p.m.
at Buffalo
First Round
L 54–72  4–28
Alumni Arena (859)
Buffalo, New York
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time Zone.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "2009-10 University of Toledo Men's Basketball Prospectus" (PDF) (Press release). Ohio University. 2009-08-27. Retrieved 2009-10-26.
  2. ^ "Tyrone Kent découvre un autre monde" [Tyrone Kent discovers another world]. Ouest France (in French). 2009-08-13.