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2017–18 Grambling State Tigers men's basketball team

The 2017–18 Grambling State Tigers men's basketball team represented Grambling State University during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Tigers, led by first-year head coach Donte Jackson, played their home games at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center in Grambling, Louisiana as members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

2017–18 Grambling State Tigers men's basketball
Grambling State Tigers logo.svg
SWAC regular season champions
ConferenceSouthwestern Athletic Conference
2017–18 record17–14 (13–5 SWAC)
Head coachDonte Jackson (1st season)
Assistant coachWinston Hines
Assistant coachDemetrius Moore
Assistant coachKyle Jones
Home stadiumFredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center
Seasons
2017–18 SWAC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Grambling State* 13 5   .722     17 14   .548
Prairie View A&M 12 6   .667     16 18   .471
Texas Southern 12 6   .667     16 20   .444
Arkansas–Pine Bluff 12 6   .667     14 21   .400
Southern 10 8   .556     15 18   .455
Jackson State 9 9   .500     12 20   .375
Alabama State 8 10   .444     8 23   .258
Alcorn State 7 11   .389     11 21   .344
Mississippi Valley State 4 14   .222     4 28   .125
Alabama A&M* 3 15   .167     3 28   .097
*ineligible for postseason due to APR violations
2018 SWAC Tournament winner

With a win over Alabama State on March 3, 2018, Grambling State clinched the outright SWAC regular season championship, the school's first since 1989.[1] They finished the season 17–14, 13–5 in SWAC play. However, the Tigers were ineligible for postseason play due to APR violations.[2][3]

Previous seasonEdit

The Tigers finished the 2016–17 season 16–17, 10–8 in SWAC play to finish in a four way tie for third place. As the 5-seed in the SWAC Tournament they defeated Prairie View A&M before losing in the semifinals to Texas Southern.

On March 22, 2017, it was announced that head coach Shawn Walker's contract would not be renewed.[4][5] He finished at Grambling State with a three-year record of 25–68. On May 12, Grambling State hired Donte Jackson from Stillman of the NAIA as new head coach.[6][7]

RosterEdit

2017–18 Grambling State Tigers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G 0 Shaq Athie 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Cincinnati, Ohio
G 1 Ivy Smith Jr. 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 160 lb (73 kg) So Tacoma, Washington
G 2 Nigel Ribeiro 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jr Chesapeake, Virginia
G 3 Kareem Wright 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Nashville, Tennessee
G 4 Anthony Gaston 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So Richmond, Virginia
G 5 Shirmane Thomas 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sr Homer, Louisiana
G 10 Drake Wilks 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sr Baltimore, Maryland
F 11 Axel Mpoyo 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr Meridian, Idaho
G/F 12 Bobby Jackson 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Atlanta, Georgia
G 20 Charles Simmons 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 175 lb (79 kg) So Ahoskie, North Carolina
F 21 Zavier Peart 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Sr Miami, Florida
G 22 Prince Moss 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Bessemer, Alabama
G 23 Marcel Thompson 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Baltimore, Maryland
G/F 23 Diing Diing Wol 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jr Baytown, Texas
G/F 24 Diontae Jones 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Sr Las Vegas, Nevada
F 32 Devante Jackson 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 200 lb (91 kg) So Milwaukee, Wisconsin
F 33 Jason Perry-Murray 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Harlem, New York
G 34 Lasani Johnson 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jr Dallas, Texas
C 40 Travon Bunch 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 230 lb (104 kg) So Racine, Wisconsin
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: January 25, 2018

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Opponent Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Non-conference regular season
Nov 10, 2017*
6:00 pm, MASN
at VCU L 65–94  0–1
Siegel Center (7,637)
Richmond, VA
Nov 16, 2017*
7:00 pm, BTN+
at Iowa L 74–85  0–2
Carver–Hawkeye Arena (10,540)
Iowa City, IA
Nov 18, 2017*
7:00 pm
at South Dakota L 55–84  0–3
Sanford Coyote Sports Center (2,054)
Vermillion, SD
Nov 21, 2017*
6:00 pm
at Bethune–Cookman
Ramblin' Wreck Showcase
L 78–87  0–4
Moore Gymnasium (616)
Daytona Beach, FL
Nov 25, 2017*
7:00 pm
at Texas–Rio Grande Valley
Ramblin' Wreck Showcase
W 82–76  1–4
UTRGV Fieldhouse (478)
Edinburg, TX
Nov 27, 2017*
7:00 pm
at North Texas
Ramblin' Wreck Showcase
L 77–82  1–5
The Super Pit (1,513)
Denton, TX
Dec 1, 2017*
6:30 pm
at Georgia Tech
Ramblin' Wreck Showcase
W 64–63  2–5
McCamish Pavilion (4,925)
Atlanta, GA
Dec 4, 2017*
7:00 pm
Tougaloo W 111–95  3–5
Hobdy Center (510)
Grambling, LA
Dec 9, 2017*
8:00 pm
at Grand Canyon L 53–87  3–6
GCU Arena (6,289)
Phoenix, AZ
Dec 12, 2017*
7:00 pm
at Louisiana–Monroe L 57–59  3–7
Fant–Ewing Coliseum (1,391)
Monroe, LA
Dec 16, 2017*
2:00 pm
at Southeastern Louisiana W 68–67  4–7
University Center (425)
Hammond, LA
Dec 21, 2017*
6:00 pm
at East Carolina L 68–76  4–8
Williams Arena (3,302)
Greenville, NC
Dec 28, 2017*
9:00 pm
at Seattle L 63–93  4–9
KeyArena (999)
Seattle, WA
SWAC regular season
Jan 1, 2018
2:00 pm
Alabama A&M L 64–71  4–10
(0–1)
Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center (231)
Grambiling, LA
Jan 3, 2018
7:30 pm
Alabama State L 66–74  4–11
(0–2)
Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center (325)
Grambiling, LA
Jan 6, 2018
5:30 pm
at Southern L 69–80  4–12
(0–3)
F. G. Clark Center (2,108)
Baton Rouge, LA
Jan 8, 2018
7:00 pm
at Alcorn State W 72–61  5–12
(1–3)
Davey Whitney Complex (744)
Lorman, MS
Jan 13, 2018
5:30 pm
Prairie View A&M W 80–71  6–12
(2–3)
Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center (715)
Grambiling, LA
Jan 15, 2018
7:30 pm
Texas Southern W 79–78  7–12
(3–3)
Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center (1,243)
Grambiling, LA
Jan 20, 2018
5:30 pm
at Jackson State W 72–45  8–12
(4–3)
Williams Assembly Center (4,309)
Jackson, MS
Jan 27, 2018
5:30 pm
at Arkansas–Pine Bluff W 69–68  9–12
(5–3)
K. L. Johnson Complex (5,060)
Pine Bluff, AR
Jan 29, 2018
7:30 pm
at Mississippi Valley State W 92–89 OT 10–12
(6–3)
Harrison HPER Complex (2,810)
Itta Bena, MS
Feb 3, 2018
5:30 pm
Southern W 69–68  11–12
(7–3)
Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center (3,875)
Grambling, LA
Feb 5, 2018
7:30 pm
Alcorn State W 81–72  12–12
(8–3)
Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center (1,160)
Grambling, LA
Feb 10, 2018
5:00 pm
at Prairie View A&M W 90–85  13–12
(9–3)
William J. Nicks Building (472)
Prairie View, TX
Feb 12, 2018
7:30 pm
at Texas Southern W 78–55  14–12
(10–3)
H&PE Arena (3,127)
Houston, TX
Feb 17, 2018
7:30 pm
Jackson State W 71–64  15–12
(11–3)
Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center (1,207)
Grambling, LA
Feb 24, 2018
5:30 pm
Arkansas–Pine Bluff L 66–75  15–13
(11–4)
Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center (2,700)
Grambiling, LA
Feb 26, 2018
7:30 pm
Mississippi Valley State L 74–79  15–14
(11–5)
Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center (1,431)
Grambiling, LA
Mar 1, 2018
7:30 pm
at Alabama A&M W 84–74 OT 16–14
(12–5)
Elmore Gymnasium 
Normal, AL
Mar 3, 2018
3:00 pm
at Alabama State W 66–64  17–14
(13–5)
Dunn–Oliver Acadome 
Montgomery, AL
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Grambling vs. Alabama State - Game Recap - March 3, 2018 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  2. ^ "4 mid-major schools ineligible for postseason due to APR scores". Mid-Major Madness. Retrieved 2017-11-09.
  3. ^ "17 D-I teams don't make NCAA grade, banned from postseason". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2017-11-09.
  4. ^ Marshall, Kendrick (2017-03-23). "Grambling State dismisses basketball coach Shawn Walker". HBCU Sports. Retrieved 2017-11-09.
  5. ^ "Isabella: GSU taking huge risk with hoops coaching change". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2017-11-09.
  6. ^ "Donte' Jackson named Grambling men's hoops coach". swac.org. Retrieved 2017-11-09.
  7. ^ "Grambling to hire Stillman's Jackson as hoops coach". thenewsstar.com. Retrieved 2017-11-09.