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2017–18 Texas A&M Aggies men's basketball team

The 2017–18 Texas A&M Aggies men's basketball team represented Texas A&M University in the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team's head coach Billy Kennedy was in his seventh season at Texas A&M. The Aggies played their home games at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas in their sixth season as members of the Southeastern Conference. They finished the season 22–13, 9–9 in SEC play to finish in a tie for seventh place. They lost in the second round of the SEC Tournament to Alabama. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Providence and North Carolina to advance to the Sweet Sixteen where they lost to Michigan.

2017–18 Texas A&M Aggies men's basketball
Texas A&M University logo.svg
Texas A&M mens basketball Armed Forces Classic 11-11-2017.jpg
Legends Classic champions
NCAA Tournament, Sweet Sixteen
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 24
2017–18 record22–13 (9–9 SEC)
Head coachBilly Kennedy (7th season)
Assistant coachAmir Abdur-Rahim
Assistant coachIsaac Chew
Assistant coachUlric Maligi
Home arenaReed Arena
Seasons
2017–18 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 19 Auburn 13 5   .722     26 8   .765
No. 13 Tennessee 13 5   .722     26 9   .743
No. 23 Florida 11 7   .611     21 13   .618
No. 18 Kentucky 10 8   .556     26 11   .703
Missouri 10 8   .556     20 13   .606
Arkansas 10 8   .556     23 12   .657
Mississippi State 9 9   .500     25 12   .676
Texas A&M 9 9   .500     22 13   .629
Alabama 8 10   .444     20 16   .556
LSU 8 10   .444     18 15   .545
Georgia 7 11   .389     18 15   .545
South Carolina 7 11   .389     17 16   .515
Vanderbilt 6 12   .333     12 20   .375
Ole Miss 5 13   .278     12 20   .375
2018 SEC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

Previous seasonEdit

The Aggies finished the 2016–17 season 16–15, 8–10 in SEC play to finish in a tie for ninth place. They lost in the second round of the SEC Tournament to Vanderbilt.

OffseasonEdit

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Reason for Departure
Kobie Eubanks 0 G 6'5" 206 Sophomore Fort Lauderdale, FL Transferred
Eric Vila 2 F 6'11" 206 Freshman Girona, Spain Transferred to Fresno State
J. C. Hampton 5 G 6'1" 192 RS Senior Gainesville, GA Graduated
Kyle Nugent 20 G 6'4" 180 Sophomore College Station, TX Walk-on; didn't return
Caleb Smith 23 G 6'0" 178 Freshman Wichita, KS Transferred to Ranger College
Chase Carlton 33 G 6'1" 186 Sophomore Austin, TX Walk-on; didn't return
Tavario Miller 42 F 6'7" 226 Senior Long Island, Bahamas Graduated

Incoming transfersEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous college
Duane Wilson 13 G 6'2" 185 RS Senior Milwaukee, WI Transferred from Marquette. Will be eligible to play immediately since Wilson graduated from Marquette.
Josh Nebo 32 F/C 6'8" 215 Junior Houston, TX Transferred from Saint Francis (PA). Under NCAA transfer rules, Nebo will have to sit out in the 2017–18 season. Will have two years of eligibility left.

2017 recruiting classEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
T. J. Starks
PG
Lancaster, TX Lancaster High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jun 30, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 81
Isiah Jasey
PF
Wichita, KS Sunrise Christian School 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Aug 8, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 82
Savion Flagg
SF
Alvin, TX Alvin High School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sep 14, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 84
Jay Jay Chandler
PG
Katy, TX Cinco Ranch High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 171 lb (78 kg) Nov 16, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 81
John Walker
SF
Missouri City, TX Fort Bend Marshall High School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jun 8, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPNN/A   ESPN grade: N/A
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:

  • "Texas A&M 2017 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  • "2017 Texas A&M Basketball Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  • "2017 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved May 31, 2017.

2018 recruiting classEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Antwann Jones
SG
Orlando, FL Oak Ridge High School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Nov 14, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN:    ESPN grade: 87
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:

RosterEdit

2017–18 Texas A&M Aggies men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Jay Jay Chandler 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Cinco Ranch Katy, Texas
F 1 D. J. Hogg 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr Plano West Plano, Texas
G 2 T. J. Starks 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 196 lb (89 kg) Fr Lancaster Lancaster, Texas
G 3 Admon Gilder 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 199 lb (90 kg) Jr James Madison Dallas, Texas
G 4 J. J. Caldwell 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS Fr SATCH Homeschool Houston, Texas
G/F 5 Savion Flagg 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 217 lb (98 kg) Fr Alvin Alvin, Texas
C 10 Tonny Trocha-Morelos 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 229 lb (104 kg) RS Sr Mayor Jose Celestino Mutis Cartagena, Colombia
G 11 Mark French (W) 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 156 lb (71 kg) So Prestonwood Christian Plano, Texas
G 12 Chris Collins (W) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 181 lb (82 kg) RS Jr Friendswood Friendswood, Texas
G 13 Duane Wilson 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) RS Sr Marquette Milwaukee, Wisconsin
F 15 Isiah Jasey 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 248 lb (112 kg) Fr Sunrise Christian Killeen, Texas
G 22 Frank Byers 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jr South Oak Cliff Dallas, Texas
F 24 John Walker III 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr Fort Bend Marshall Missouri City, Texas
F 32 Josh Nebo (I)   6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 242 lb (110 kg) Jr Saint Francis Houston, Texas
C 34 Tyler Davis 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 266 lb (121 kg) Jr Plano West Plano, Texas
F 44 Robert Williams 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 241 lb (109 kg) So North Caddo Vivian, Louisiana
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Oct 25, 2017*
7:00 pm
vs. Texas
Hurricane Harvey relief game
L 69–73 
 19  Trocha-Morelos   15  Williams   2  3 tied  Tudor Fieldhouse (2,048)
Houston, TX
Nov 3, 2017*
7:00 pm, SECN
No. 25 Tarleton State W 72–46 
 21  Starks   8  Tied   5  Wilson  Reed Arena (6,267)
College Station, TX
Regular season
Nov 10, 2017*
5:00 pm, ESPN
No. 25 vs. No. 11 West Virginia
State Farm Armed Forces Classic
W 88–65  1–0
 23  Tied   13  Davis   7  Gilder  Ramstein Air Base (3,128)
Ramstein-Miesenbach, GER
Nov 17, 2017*
7:00 pm
No. 16 UC Santa Barbara
Legends Classic campus-site game
W 84-65  2–0
 24  Hogg   6  Tied   7  Gilder  Reed Arena (7,275)
College Station, TX
Nov 20, 2017*
6:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 16 vs. Oklahoma State
Legends Classic semifinals
W 72–55  3–0
 18  Hogg   11  Williams   5  Wilson  Barclays Center (5,904)
Brooklyn, NY
Nov 21, 2017*
5:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 16 vs. Penn State
Legends Classic championship
W 98–87  4–0
 22  Wilson   9  Williams   6  Wilson  Barclays Center (5,081)
Brooklyn, NY
Nov 24, 2017*
7:00 pm, SECN
No. 16 Pepperdine
Legends Classic campus-site game
W 81–65  5–0
 18  Hogg   9  Hogg   6  Williams  Reed Arena (6,704)
College Station, TX
Nov 26, 2017*
9:00 pm, P12N
No. 16 at No. 10 USC W 75–59  6–0
 15  Hogg   10  Gilder   4  Hogg  Galen Center (5,347)
Los Angeles, CA
Nov 30, 2017*
7:00 pm
No. 9 Texas–Rio Grande Valley W 78–60  7–0
 17  Tied   14  Williams   7  Wilson  Reed Arena (7,121)
College Station, TX
Dec 5, 2017*
8:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 7 vs. Arizona
Valley of the Sun Shootout
L 64–67  7–1
 23  Davis   7  Williams   5  Wilson  Talking Stick Resort Arena (8,907)
Phoenix, AZ
Dec 9, 2017*
3:30 pm, SECN
No. 7 Prairie View A&M W 73–53  8–1
 14  Gilder   16  Williams   3  Trocha-Morelos  Reed Arena (7,804)
College Station, TX
Dec 13, 2017*
7:00 pm
No. 9 Savannah State W 113–66  9–1
 18  Hogg   17  Davis   7  Trocha-Morelos  Reed Arena (6,339)
College Station, TX
Dec 19, 2017*
7:00 pm, SECN+
No. 8 Northern Kentucky W 64–58  10–1
 16  Wilson   10  Tied   4  Caldwell  Reed Arena (6,595)
College Station, TX
Dec 21, 2017*
8:00 pm, SECN
No. 8 Buffalo W 89–73  11–1
 23  Wilson   11  Davis   11  Wilson  Reed Arena (6,554)
College Station, TX
Dec 30, 2017
5:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 5 at Alabama L 57–79  11–2
(0–1)
 14  Tied   9  Flagg   3  Tied  Coleman Coliseum (14,218)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Jan 2, 2018
8:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 11 Florida L 66–83  11–3
(0–2)
 17  Chandler   11  Williams   7  Caldwell  Reed Arena (12,524)
College Station, TX
Jan 6, 2018
1:15 pm, SECN
No. 11 LSU L 68–69  11–4
(0–3)
 19  Davis   12  Davis   6  Caldwell  Reed Arena (10,845)
College Station, TX
Jan 9, 2018
6:00 pm, ESPN
at No. 21 Kentucky L 73–74  11–5
(0–4)
 19  Davis   8  Williams   6  Caldwell  Rupp Arena (22,643)
Lexington, KY
Jan 13, 2018
5:00 pm, SECN
at No. 24 Tennessee L 62–75  11–6
(0–5)
 16  Gilder   7  2 Tied   6  Wilson  Thompson–Boling Arena (19,612)
Knoxville, TN
Jan 16, 2018
8:00 pm, SECN
Ole Miss W 71–69  12–6
(1–5)
 20  Davis   12  Davis   6  Wilson  Reed Arena (10,578)
College Station, TX
Jan 20, 2018
3:00 pm, ESPN2
Missouri W 60–49  13–6
(2–5)
 14  Trocha-Morelos   14  Davis   2  6 tied  Reed Arena (11,704)
College Station, TX
Jan 23, 2018
8:00 pm, ESPNU
at LSU L 65–77  13–7
(2–6)
 21  Williams   15  Williams   2  Tied  Maravich Center (8,528)
Baton Rouge, LA
Jan 27, 2018*
3:30 pm, ESPN
at No. 5 Kansas
Big 12/SEC Challenge
L 68–79  13–8
 18  Davis   9  Tied   3  3 tied  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
Jan 30, 2018
8:00 pm, ESPNU
Arkansas W 80–66  14–8
(3–6)
 16  Starks   13  Davis   5  Starks  Reed Arena (8,761)
College Station, TX
Feb 3, 2018
1:00 pm, ESPN2
South Carolina W 80–63  15–8
(4–6)
 15  Gilder   9  Williams   6  Wilson  Reed Arena (10,504)
College Station, TX
Feb 7, 2018
8:00 pm, ESPN2
at No. 8 Auburn W 81–80  16–8
(5–6)
 23  Starks   8  Davis   7  Hogg  Auburn Arena (7,631)
Auburn, AL
Feb 10, 2018
7:15 pm, ESPN
No. 24 Kentucky W 85–74  17–8
(6–6)
 17  Starks   11  Williams   4  Tied  Reed Arena (13,263)
College Station, TX
Feb 13, 2018
6:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 21 at Missouri L 58–62  17–9
(6–7)
 14  Tied   9  Williams   1  4 tied  Mizzou Arena (15,061)
Columbia, MO
Feb 17, 2018
3:00 pm, ESPN
No. 21 at Arkansas L 75–94  17–10
(6–8)
 20  Tied   14  Williams   4  Davis  Bud Walton Arena (18,097)
Fayetteville, AR
Feb 20, 2018
6:00 pm, SECN
Mississippi State L 81–93  17–11
(6–9)
 25  Davis   11  Davis   6  Hogg  Reed Arena (8,614)
College Station, TX
Feb 24, 2018
3:00 pm, ESPN2
at Vanderbilt W 89–81  18–11
(7–9)
 22  Davis   9  Davis   6  Starks  Memorial Gymnasium (9,376)
Nashville, TN
Feb 28, 2018
7:30 pm, SECN
at Georgia W 61–60  19–11
(8–9)
 15  Starks   7  Starks   4  Starks  Stegeman Coliseum (6,417)
Athens, GA
Mar 3, 2017
1:00 pm, ESPN2
Alabama W 68–66  20–11
(9–9)
 20  Davis   10  Davis   5  Starks  Reed Arena (10,755)
College Station, TX
SEC Tournament
Mar 8, 2018
12:00 pm, SECN
(8) vs. (9) Alabama
Second Round
L 70–71  20–12
 23  Starks   10  Tied   4  Starks  Scottrade Center (15,129)
St. Louis, MO
NCAA Tournament
Mar 16, 2018*
11:15 am, CBS
(7 W) vs. (10 W) Providence
First Round
W 73–69  21–12
 18  Gilder   15  Davis   8  Starks  Spectrum Center (18,489)
Charlotte, NC
Mar 18, 2018*
5:15 pm, CBS
(7 W) vs. (2 W) No. 10 North Carolina
Second Round
W 86–65  22–12
 21  Starks   13  Williams   5  Starks  Spectrum Center (18,485)
Charlotte, NC
Mar 22, 2018*
4:37 pm, TBS
(7 W) vs. (3 W) No. 7 Michigan
Sweet Sixteen
L 72–99  22–13
 24  Davis   8  Davis   5  Hogg  Staples Center (19,181)
Los Angeles, CA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. W=West.
All times are in Central Time.

RankingsEdit

Ranking movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. (RV) Received votes but unranked. (NR) Not ranked.
Poll Pre Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18 Wk 19 Final
AP 25 16 16 9 N/A
Coaches RV 19 10 24

ReferencesEdit