2019-20 @ASUNMBB Season Preview: Stetson Hatters

2019-20 @ASUNMBB Season Preview: Stetson Hatters

Stetson Schedule 

ATLANTA, Ga. - With the 2019-20 ASUN Men's Basketball season approaching, we scope out our nine conference squads in preparation of the 42nd season. Stetson enters the year under new leadership and with plenty of new faces joining the roster. 

The Hatters prepare for a new era under Head Coach Donnie Jones who takes the lead after previously serving as the assistant coach at Dayton. Eight newcomers, including six freshmen, join top returner Christiaan Jones on the 2019 squad. Last season as a sophomore, Jones averaged 10.4 points per game and made 40 three-point field goals. Stetson also returns sophomore Kenny Aninye and junior Jahlil Rawley. Aninye started 26 games for the Hatters and racked up 111 assists in 2018-19 while Rawley added 85 assists and recorded 35 steals.

Stetson has a few notable non-conference opponents this season with trips to Ohio State and South Carolina on the slate. The team also faces off against Iona and Monmouth in the first annual ASUN/MAAC Challenge on Nov. 22 and 23. The Hatters open up conference play when they welcome Lipscomb to the Edmunds Center on Jan. 2. 

Active Career Leaders at Stetson
Games Started: Kenny Aninye (26)
Points: Christiaan Jones (406)
Rebounds: Christiaan Jones (155) 
Assists: Kenny Aninye (139)
Steals: Jahlil Rawley (35)
Blocks: Christiaan Jones (8)

2018-19 Top Returning Statistical Leaders
Games Started: Kenny Aninye (26)
Scoring: Christiaan Jones (10.4)
Rebounds: Christiaan Jones (3.9)
Assists: Kenny Aninye (3.6)
Steals: Jahlil Rawley (1.2)
Blocks: Christiaan Jones (0.2)

Stetson's Schedule Breakdown
Home Games: 14
Away Games: 15
Neutral Games: 2
First Home Game: Trinity Baptist (Nov. 5)
First Road Game: at Western Illinois (Nov. 9)
Opening ASUN Contest: vs. Lipscomb (Jan. 2)

Roster Breakdown
Seniors: 3
Juniors: 2
Sophomores: 5
Freshman: 6

Coaching Profile
Head Coach: Donnie Jones
Alma Mater: Pikeville '88
Record at Stetson: 0-0
Career Record: 155-129 (9 years)

The ASUN Conference is an NCAA Division I league with nine member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The ASUN meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement through a true balance between student and athlete. Six ASUN schools reside in Nielsen Top 50 national media markets, and all nine are in top 80 markets. The ASUN includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Liberty University, Lipscomb University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of North Alabama, University of North Florida and Stetson University. Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., joins the ASUN for the 2020-21 academic year.