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The Starting Five: Bobby Morris

Unless you’re from Moon Township, Pennsylvania or have a son on the team, I’m assuming you don’t know a whole lot about 2012-13 Robert Morris basketball. I’m sure many of you, like me, couldn’t name a player on the team prior to the NIT Selection Show on ESPN Sunday night. That’s okay, though. Kentucky basketball made its own bed, and we’re going to sleep in it with them throughout the NIT tournament, which includes a Tuesday night with the Colonials of Robert Morris. Here they are, and all their Northeastern Conference regular season champion glory…


6-1 | 170 lb. | RS Senior
(10.9 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 5.2 apg)

John Calipari spoke highly of Velton Jones during his pre-Robert Morris press conference before #wheelsup Monday afternoon. Cal called him a great leader and a physical player at point guard.

“He’ll grab guys,” Calipari said of the fifth-year senior guard. “I’ve seen him on tape just go grab a guy. But it’s because he has the ability to physically dominate a game that he can do that and no one messes with him.”

That dominant physicality is part of the reason Jones is just the ninth player in the 32-year history of the Northeastern Conference to eclipse totals of 1,500 points and 500 assists over a career.

Have fun with that, Harrow.


6-2 | 170 lb. | RS Junior
(9.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.2 apg)

Coron Williams is the only Colonial who started all 37 games last season and, until Feb. 23, he had started 70 consecutive games in the Robert Morris backcourt. Williams is a great shooter from outside; he’s connected on 69 three-point attempts this season, second to teammate Karvel Anderson’s 78 on the year. Together, Williams and Anderson have helped Robert Morris set a new school record for three-point field goals made in a single season.

To put that in perspective, Julius Mays and Kyle Wiltjer have hit 64 and 55 three-pointers this season, respectively. Robert Morris as a team has hit 102 more three-pointers than Kentucky this year.


6-6 | 205 lb. | Sophomore
(11.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.5 apg)

Lucky Jones has reached double-figure scoring in 15 of 17 games since serving a one-game suspension back in January. Over that span, Jones is shooting 50.4 percent (69-for-137) from the field, including 53.6 percent (30-for-56) from beyond the arc, and 82.4 percent (70-for-85) at the free-throw line.

Here’s a stat that’ll make you cringe… Jones and Karvel Anderson have combined to shoot 55.9% from beyond the three-point line at home in 2012-13.



6-6 | 18o lb. | RS Senior
(11.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.0 apg)

Russell Johnson is a versatile forward who can play multiple positions, is active on the boards, and can knock down jump shots from all over. He’s currently third on Robert Morris’ all-time rebounding list and playing the best basketball of his career down the final stretch.

Since being inserted into the starting lineup in mid-January, Johnson has averaged 12.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.2 steals while shooting 46.3 percent from the field, including 42.5 percent from deep, and 72.6 percent at the free-throw line. Included in that stretch are 12 double-figure scoring games, two double-doubles and four 20+ point games.


6-8 | 220 lb. | Junior
(8.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg)

McFadden, who transferred to Robert Morris from Iona after the 2010 fall semester, will be undersized in the matchup with Willie Cauley-Stein down low tonight, but he’ll look to make up for that size differential with his toughness and a very physical presence in the paint.

Though I’m not convinced Kentucky will win this game the way we’d all like, I’m almost certain McFadden will be on the wrong end of a few lobs as Kentucky will look to use its height and length advantage down low.


Robert Morris’ three-point shooting terrifies me.


Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

34 Comments for The Starting Five: Bobby Morris

  1. well...
    3:12 pm March 19, 2013 Permalink

    Lucky looks like a MAN. They are fairly small. But hell, does any one of us actually have a freakin clue how this will turn out tonight? Im recording it hoping to lay down and watch a beat down later. But if they lose i can just toss it. Win-Win

  2. Sexinsamswoopparkinglot
    3:12 pm March 19, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t have a good feeling about this

  3. Deepblue
    3:17 pm March 19, 2013 Permalink

    The fact that this post ends in Robert Morris terrifies me is absurd.

  4. Deepblue
    3:17 pm March 19, 2013 Permalink

    ….whether or not its justified.

  5. Jason
    3:18 pm March 19, 2013 Permalink

    Remember, yes some of their players have good stats (someone has too), but they are still the bottom seed in the NIT.

  6. TN Cat
    3:20 pm March 19, 2013 Permalink

    Who’s more nervous tonight? Robert Morris players or Kentucky players?

  7. Chicago Chris
    3:21 pm March 19, 2013 Permalink

    Good God, we’re terrified of a bottom seeded NIT team? Gillespie is laughing in his grave.

  8. bdowne
    3:21 pm March 19, 2013 Permalink

    Of course RMU would excel in the areas we are the weakest. I hope the Cats come to play and don’t take this team lightly.

  9. Bulldawg
    3:22 pm March 19, 2013 Permalink

    If anyone is taking RM lightly they could go watch the UK-Vandy game in the sec tourney. The Cats better come to play or they will end this year on an epic down note. I hope they show some heart and win this one. GO CATS!!!!

  10. B-man
    3:23 pm March 19, 2013 Permalink

    I can’t imagine the RM players being nervous…they have nothing to lose. On a side note, while their stats aren’t bad, they are, for the most part, against inferior competition. I assume if the Cats played the RM schedule, their record would be very impressive and the players’ stats would look better.

  11. B-man
    3:24 pm March 19, 2013 Permalink

    #7…I didn’t know Gillispie is dead???

  12. Drew Franklin
    3:26 pm March 19, 2013 Permalink

    5. — Yes, and you know who isn’t seeded in the NIT? Vanderbilt, Georgia, Arkansas, and Texas A&M.

  13. NotSoFast
    3:28 pm March 19, 2013 Permalink

    12) and BOOM goes the dynamite.

  14. Porcino's
    3:28 pm March 19, 2013 Permalink

    This game has “fabulously embarrassing disaster” written all over it.

  15. Han
    3:33 pm March 19, 2013 Permalink

    ESPN says we’re playing the game at a neutral location. I thought it was at RMU’s gym?

  16. NightMare
    3:33 pm March 19, 2013 Permalink

    I am seriously worried about getting beat, badly.

  17. Drink sazeracs
    3:38 pm March 19, 2013 Permalink

    F those five guys, cats roll by 25 tonight!

  18. RealCatsFan
    3:40 pm March 19, 2013 Permalink

    You know, when Cal has a quote about a player being “physical” because he “comes up and grabs” an opponent, it begs the question: shouldn’t that be a FOUL? This is what level college basketball officiating has descended to. Pretty soon they will be wearing helmets and pads. Dr. Naismith is turning in his grave – and getting fouled.

  19. RealCatsFan
    3:43 pm March 19, 2013 Permalink

    Our defense on the perimeter will be key this game. Maybe Cal should try to throw a taller lineup at them to get in their face on the 3-pt shots. Goodwin is 6-5, so he has a height advantage already. Maybe insert Wiltjer in place of Mays, or even Hood, to get out and try to disrupt their outside shooting. Willie should be able to hold his own inside.

  20. kadizkat
    3:43 pm March 19, 2013 Permalink

    Gillispie and Naismith are dead?!

  21. Mattcat68
    3:47 pm March 19, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t care where this game is played I just can’t allow myself to be afraid of Robert Morris. The last seed in the NIT.

  22. whocares
    3:48 pm March 19, 2013 Permalink

    who cares?

  23. RubenV
    3:51 pm March 19, 2013 Permalink

    McFadden will be on a few posters after tonight. WCS is going to school that fool

  24. niaps
    3:51 pm March 19, 2013 Permalink

    6’1 and 170 pounds and physical? Good grief we should push these guys around like children. Even wimpy Ryan is bigger than that. I look for Goodwin to absolutely ruin this night for Bob Mo. WCS better get a lot of touches in this one with his size advantage. Please Cats do not be a head case tonight and destroy these clowns.

  25. bourbonbreath
    3:52 pm March 19, 2013 Permalink

    I need a win so on Thursday I can for once have a good seat at Rupp.

  26. bung
    3:53 pm March 19, 2013 Permalink

    we might try scoring over 70 points…

  27. niaps
    3:55 pm March 19, 2013 Permalink

    A shout out to my UK buddy Billy Bob Wildcat ! I am retired and loving it.

  28. kevin burton
    4:01 pm March 19, 2013 Permalink

    We will handle this team!

  29. niaps
    4:01 pm March 19, 2013 Permalink

    I know an NIT title means very little but this is the only redemption this team can have for a very disappointing year. In your court Cats, fans are behind you and have all year so play your asses off for this loyalty.

  30. BPM
    4:03 pm March 19, 2013 Permalink

    Do we break the 5 assist mark tonight? I’ll hang up and listen.

  31. kingrex
    4:07 pm March 19, 2013 Permalink

    just end the pain

  32. kentuckyrules
    4:11 pm March 19, 2013 Permalink

    Um, if this team was on our non-conf schedule, none of us would worry. Short: “30 biggins Tuesday” …still sticking with that. We did demolish teams of this caliber early in the season, look at E. Mich, LIU-BKN, etc.

  33. kingrex
    4:12 pm March 19, 2013 Permalink

    they played horribly in the SEC tourny, which should basically be called the Kentucky Invitational. I was there and I have never witnessed a poorer performance in person, in my life. It was pathetic. The fans at the SEC are always louder, more vocal than the ones in Rupp and 80% are BBN.

  34. Bobby
    4:12 pm March 19, 2013 Permalink

    Cal knows that he will not be able to motivate this group and the will lose, maybe badly. Cal wants to prove a point, the delousional players as he called them will either have to leave or change to stay on the team. With a bad loss at RM, no one will blame Cal for running off some players and beingbstricternwith the ones that stay.