The Bears have 10 Eastern, Ky. boys included on the roster and began the 2010/11 season on Oct. 29 and thus far have a record of 3-2. The exhibition game 97-66 loss against the Kentucky Wildcats on Nov. 1 does not count against the squad.
PC has several key returning players: senior guard Justin Hicks, sophomore forward Trevor Setty, senior guard Chris Donald, senior forward Andre Thornton, senior guard Ryan Whitaker, junior guard Ryan Whitaker, junior guard Chris Puckett and junior forward Kane Belcher.
With only 7 seniors and as many juniors, the upperclassmen will have to step up for the younger members on the team.
But Wells has some talented freshman that might be able to step in and help during games.
“We have several new faces to our program from freshman and transfers,” Wells said. “All of these players have been great assets to our program. It takes freshman more time to get used to the college game than it does transfers.”
These essential freshman and transfers include: PG Josh Whitaker from Hazard, forward Tyler Newsome of Shelby valley (a member of last year’s Kentucky State Champs,) PG Vance Cooksey of Youngstown State, transfer forward Quincy Hankins-Cole of Nebraska, center, transfer Carlos Woodard of Indiana Tech, transfer guard Dwayne Wheeler of Charleston, and transfer Landon Slone who use to play for the University of Kentucky.
During the game against Glenville State transfer PG Cooksey helped to raise the Bears record to 3 & 1 with 32 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds and 4 steals. Woodard also recorded a double-double with the 108-71 win when he chipped in 10 points and pulled down 12 rebounds.
In the season opener, PC defeated Temple Baptist College 102-62. All 14 players on the bench were able to play quite a few minutes and everyone on the team scored. Five Bears had double doubles- for the game.
PC has a balanced scoring attack and with a defense that can come up with steals every game.
During Kelly’s watch, the Bears recorded the 12th best season in school’s history 22-9 in 2008. Kelly’s overall record is 54-40 since his stay with the Bears.
Kelley spent playing ball in high school for Rowan County High School where he made 3 trips to the KHSAA state tournament and was named two-time First-Team All-State (1989-90). During his college career at Morehead State University, Kelly was a three-year letterman in basketball (1992-1994.
From there Kelly was successful coaching at two high schools before making the move to Pikeville College.
Assistance to Kelly are John Biery, Tigh Compton, Brett Rector, Anthony Smith and Donald Thomas.
Kelley said this year’s goals are to “continue to improve each and every day.”
“We will have an opportunity to be one of the elite teams in the MSC and the NAIA with continued improvement and teamwork,” he said.
“Passion and purpose is what Kelly Wells is about,” Donnie Jones, Men’s Basketball Head Coach, Marshall University said in a previous statement. “He knows how to coach and care for his players, he has done a great job putting passion back in Pikeville College Basketball.”
The college will see action again during the BB&T Classic with some games held at PC’s gymnasium and others at the East Kentucky Expo Center. Friday night will pit Alice Lloyd College against the Bears with tipoff at 8 p.m. at the college’s gym.