Nine Returnees Lead Talent-Laden Bears

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.

returning players

Braeden Anderson Jarmar Gulley
One of four seniors on the squad this season, Jarmar Gulley returns to the Bears' lineup after missing the entire 2012-13 campaign with an injury. The Bears will welcome his scoring threat that saw him avearge double figures (10.4) in his first season at MSU as well as the 5.8 rebounds a game he produced as a junior.

Tanner Giddings Christian Kirk
After starting 25 games as a sophomore and finishing third on the squad in scoring, Christian Kirk's versatility and athleticism will help him transition to the power forward spot this winter.

Marvelle Harris Bruce Marshall
A solid off-season work regimen has seen Bruce Marshall build size and confidence while sharpening his skills in the low post. His experience in the low post and long-range shooting ability make him a dual threat on the offensive end.

Allen Huddleston Marcus Marshall
After earning MVC Freshman of the Year laurels last season, Marcus Marshall looks to lead the Missouri State resurgence this season as one of the MVC's top guards and a primary on-court leader for the Bears.

Tyler Johnson Keith Pickens
Chronic knee pain caused Keith Pickens to announce his retirement from the game late in his junior season (3/1/13), but summer progress and a desire to play an impactful senior season have brought about his return to the Bears this fall as a fifth-year performer.

Tyler Johnson Nathan Scheer
Nathan Scheer enters his senior season ready to lead the Bears in a variety of roles this winter. He started 10 games last season, but emerged as one of the Valley's top bench players and a legitimate 3-point threat off the bench.

Tyler Johnson Michael Simpson
An athletic guard with great leaping ability, Michael Simpson specializes in his long-range shooting and can provide the Bears with an instant spark off the bench.

Tyler Johnson Dorrian Williams
Solid point guard who has shown great growth and maturity after redshirting in 2011-12. As a redshirt freshman, he finished third on the team in assists (56) and started 18 of 30 games.


2012-13 stats

Team Statistics
SCORING 19662136
Points per game59.664.7
Scoring margin-5.2-
FIELD GOALS-ATT698-1721748-1652
Field goal pct.406.453
3 POINT FG-ATT179-602190-578
3-point FG pct.297.329
3-pt FG made per game5.45.8
FREE THROWS-ATT391-584450-637
Free throw pct.670.706
F-Throws made per game11.813.6
Rebounds per game29.734.2
Rebounding margin-4.5 -
Assists per game10.112.7
Turnovers per game10.212.2
Turnover margin+2.0 -
Assist/turnover ratio1.01.0
Steals per game4.7 4.8
Blocks per game1.43.2
Home games-Avg/Game15-608014-5840
Neutral site-Avg/Game - 4-2036