2011 Academy Basketball Preview: Navy


Navy guard Jordan Sugars drives toward the basket against an American University defender last season. Sugars, now a senior, will lead a young Navy team in Ed DeChellis' first season as head coach. (MC1 Chad Runge / Navy)

Navy faces a rebuilding year after a fifth-place finish in the Patriot League and an early exit in the conference tournament.

Last season: Overall 11-20; Patriot League 6-8

Coach: Ed DeChellis (first year)

Key player: G Jordan Sugars (16 ppg., 6 reb.)

What to watch:Former Penn State head coach Ed DeChellis — who has taken the Nittany Lions and East Tennessee State University to the NCAA tournament — takes the helm of one of the youngest teams in the country (three seniors, six sophomores, 10 freshmen).  Fortunately, DeChellis has the talents of senior guard Jordan Sugars to work with. Sugars, voted to the all-Patriot League preseason first team, is one of three players nationally to return after averaging at least 16 points a game, 6 rebounds a game and making 60 or more three-pointers.

Season opener: Nov. 11, vs. Longwood

Navy 2011-12 basketball schedule


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