The Missouri State Bears enter the 2013-14 season with a roster deep with talent and rich with potential as head coach Paul Lusk enters his third season in Springfield.
Missouri Valley Conference freshman of the year Marcus Marshall (So., St. Paul, Minn.) headlines the cast of returners after he broke the program's freshman scoring record last year and averaged 11.5 points per night. Jarmar Gulley (Sr., Beaumont, Texas) returns after spending last season recovering from a knee injury. Gulley averaged 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game as a junior in 2011-12 and is a key piece of the puzzle this winter. Other returning starters are Christian Kirk (Jr., Springfield, Mo.) who averaged 10.6 points over the last eight games as a sophomore and finished 10th in the league in field goal percentage (.522); Keith Pickens (Sr., St. Louis, Mo.) who came out of retirement for his senior season after registering 6.1 points and 4.7 boards in limited action last year; and Dorrian Williams (So., Oklahoma City, Okla.) who started 18 games and dished out 56 assists as a redshirt freshman a year ago.
In all, the Bears have nine returning lettermen, a cast of five talented newcomers -- including Northern Colorado senior Emmanuel Addo (Sr., Toronto, Canada) - and added size and depth to position themselves as contenders once again in The Valley.