Meet the Bobcats: New Faces for Quinnipiac Men’s Basketball

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Jon Surratt

With the Quinnipiac men’s basketball team set to start off a weird 2020-21 season against Farleigh Dickinson on Wednesday, Nov. 25, a lot of changes have taken place on the team. It’s time to look at the four new faces for the Bobcats this year.

Bol Akot, First Year Guard

Out of Proctor Academy in Manchester, N.Y., Akot is one of the most highly-anticipated recruits for the Bobcats this upcoming season. At Proctor, Akot accumulated 1,223 points and averaged 19.2 points and 5.2 rebounds and assists per game as a senior, in addition to a first-team All-NEPSAC AA selection.

For the Bobcats, Akot will be one of the key members in a backcourt trying to fill the void left by Rich Kelly’s transfer. Look for him and Savion Lewis to take a lot of the time in the point guard spot, helping facilitate the offense and push the pace with blazing speed, alongside Tyreese Williams at the two-guard.

Tymu Chenery, First Year Guard/Forward

From Episcopal High School in Alexandria, V.A., Chenery comes in as a player who will look to be a hybrid guard/forward for the Bobcats after averaging 14.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game in 2019-20.

Chenery was a Prep Hoops Top 15 recruit in Virginia but played the shooting guard and small forward positions in high school which makes his fit tricky on the Bobcats. A player like sophomore Brendan McGuire is a good representation of what type of player Chenery can be for the Bobcats. Look for him to help grab boards and keep the pace and spacing for the Bobcats, as he shot 31% from three his final year.

Luis Kortright, First Year Guard

Another highly recruited guard out of New York, Kortirght played high school basketball at St. Raymond High School where he earned CHSAA First Team All-League and All-State honors and was named to the New York Sports Writers Association All-State First Team. Kortright averaged 21.3 points, 3.6 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game as a senior.

Kortright comes in with many accolades, which can help him get early minutes right away on the team, and his ability to score and attack will pay dividends for Quinnipiac. Look for him to be one of the main scorers off the bench for the Bobcats getting minutes behind Williams and Matt Balanc.

Elias King, Sophomore Forward

The only non-first year player new to the Quinnipiac roster, King is a sophomore JUCO transfer out of Santa Monica in California. However, King may be the best player coming into the program. At Santa Monica, he averaged 14.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while shooting very efficiently from the field at 52.1 FG% and 43.5 3P%. He also earned a JUCO All-State Team selection in California.

King may be going from hot California to a cold Connecticut, but if his shooting and scoring stay red-hot, he may become one of the best players on the Bobcats roster. His ability to space the floor while having good size (6 feet 9 inches) can create major mismatches on the perimeter alongside Jacob Rigoni, while also being able to help Seth Pickney with grabbing rebounds.

Rich Kelly and Kevin Marfo left in the offseason, but Aaron Falzon, who transferred from Northwestern last year as a grad student, gave the team some leadership and spacing. Expect King to have a similar role but with a bigger scoring role.