NEW ORLEANS – The Dillard Bleu Devils men’s basketball annual intrasquad scrimmage, the Bleu and White Game, is set for this Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Battlefield at Dent Hall. This year’s game once again features a split squad competing against each other and is the first chance for fans to see the 2016 Bleu Devils in action.
Dillard is ranked number one in the Sporting News preseason NAIA basketball poll.
The game is free of charge and open to the public; fans are asked to bring toiletry items for donation to those impacted by the floods in the Baton Rouge area.
Just like last year, Dillard President Walter M. Kimbrough and Athletic Director, Kiki Baker Barnes, will coach the teams. Rosters were chosen by a draft between the two guest coaches.
|WHITE TEAM (Kimbrough)||BLEU TEAM (Barnes)|
|1||Ramon Johnson||F/C||23||Demetric Austin||F|
|3||Dennis Hightower||G||11||Montrey Thomas||G|
|5||Kristian Clark||G/F||30||Jesse Ward||G|
|24||Patrick Thompson||F||34||Sean Burrell||F/C|
|25||Dequandre Dentmond||C||22||Jalen McGaughy||C|
|21||Jamerson Roberts||F||14||Jordan Watkins||F|
|2||James Morris||G||4||Quinton Jackson||F|
|10||Alvin Riley||F||12||Xavian McKay||G|
The Bleu Devils return eight of their top nine scorers from a season ago, including All-American forward Demetric Austin, All-GCAC guard Dennis Hightower and GCAC Freshman of the Year Montrey Thomas. Under first year head coach Mike Newell, Dillard finished second in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference during the 2015-16 regular season before capturing the GCAC tournament championship with a victory over arch-rival Xavier. It was Dillard’s first tournament title since 2001.
After securing an automatic bid to the NAIA tournament, the Bleu Devils upset eighth-ranked Hope International University in the first round before falling to No. 23 Campbellsville in the round of 16.
Dillard opens the 2016-17 campaign on Oct. 29 when they host Mobile. Game time is set for 2:00 p.m.