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Texas State men’s basketball player-by-player breakdown

Emmanuel Bidias A’ Moute (Forward): Davalos expects Bidias A’ Moute to have a strong senior season after academic probation cut his 2008-09 season short. Bidias A’ Moute played in 16 games for Texas State last season, averaging 6.4 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Quotable — “You saw what Emmanuel is capable of. He can give us a 20/10 any night of the week.”

Tony Bishop (Guard): Davalos believes Bishop is one of the most athletically gifted players on his team. Bishop was the 2008-09 NJCAA Division III Player of the Year and led Richland College to a national championship. He’ll be a two-position player like former Texas State guard/forward Brandon Bush. Quotable — “We’re pretty excited about what Tony can do for us.”

John Bowman (Guard): Davalos believes Bowman has the ability to be one of the team’s leading scorers this season. Bowman was the team’s defensive specialist last season and provided several highlight-reel dunks. He’s not afraid to shoot the 3-pointer (25 attempts in 2008-09) but will need to attack the basket if he’s going to be effective this year. Quotable — “He’s one of those guys that can have a big scoring night.”

J.B. Conley (Guard): Davalos believes Conley . Conley played is from Richardson and played against Cameron Johnson in high school. Conley played two seasons at Temple College and received offers from both Weber State and Texas State. The 6-foot-5 guard is athletic and can finish above the rim. Quotable — “Once he learns where he needs to go at what point, he’s going to be a guy that’s going to be tough to guard.”

Dylan Hale (Guard): Davalos believes Hale (the only freshman on the team) could have a standout season. Hale received looks from Southern Methodist (SMU) and Fairfield before signing with Texas State. Quotable — “Dylan can be the best shooter in this program right now. He probably is, but we don’t expect him to come in as a freshman and do what (former Bobcat) Brent Benson did. I think there are going to be days where he really can have big games.”

Roshun Jackson (Guard): Davalos believes Jackson has a chance to be a threat on both ends of the floor. Jackson was in Davalos’ doghouse last season and only played eight minutes per game. He did have 10 steals in limited action, so we know the defensive ability is there, but he only shot 28 percent from the field. Quotable — “Roshun really came back this fall in better shape than as a freshman. He was more ready for the first day of workouts and he’ll be more ready for this season.”

Cameron Johnson (Forward): Davalos believes Johnson will be the leader of the Bobcats. Johnson, a 6-foot-7 junior, will be relied upon to be one of Texas State’s main scorers. He proved he could score last season, but it was sporadic. Johnson is one of three third-year juniors on the Bobcats (Jonathan Sloan and Ryan White are the others) and knows what Davalos wants. Quotable — “Those guys who used to be followers are now stepping up. Cameron Johnson is a case and point. He worked his tail off this summer.”

John Rybak (Forward): Davalos has nothing but positive things to say about the 6-foot-5 senior. Rybak spent his sophomore season on the bench (due to NCAA transfer rules) but made a huge impact in 2008-09. He averaged 10 points per game and knocked down 64 3-pointers. Rybak not only got it done on the offensive, but defensive end (34 steals). Rybak should be the team’s leading scorer this year as well as its heartbeat. Quotable — “He’s the epitome of a student-athlete. He works hard in the classroom, come to practice and does everything we ask of him and more.”

Uriel Segura (Guard): Davalos believes Segura could make an impact in his first season. Segura is the only true point guard for the Bobcats while White is out due to injuries suffered in a September car accident. Segura is a 6-foot-3 guard from McLennan Junior College and has quickly learned Davalos’ intricate system. Quotable — “He’s very sound. He reminds me a little bit of Corey Jefferson. He puts himself in the right place at the right time.”

Jonathan Sloan (Forward) — Davalos believes this is the year Sloan finally realizes his potential. Sloan has yet to show why he deserved a three-star billing coming out of J.J. Pearce High. He averaged 2.9 points per game in 2008-09 and was hampered by injuries. Sloan worked hard in the offseason to improve his conditioning and know what is expected of him. Quotable — “He’s not there yet, but he’s much improved. He’s a night-and-day player from last year. Jonathan has a chance to do anything he wants.”

A.J. Stewart (Forward) — Will not play in 2009-10 due to NCAA transfer requirements.

Ryan White (Guard) — Davalos believes White could be Texas State’s leaders this season. White worked hard in the offseason, knowing he’d be the starting point guard. Unfortunately, White was involved in a car accident in September, curtailing his progress. White should be back in late December to early January. Quotable — “Ryan had a great summer and came back in better shape than he’s ever been. It’s tough now that he’s out because it’s like the football team losing Bradley George.”

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