The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp attends the Class of 1972 50-year reunion in Kyle Field on April 20, 2022.
A&M System’s Title IX director suspended after supporting Biden's Title IX changes
Nicholas Gutteridge, Managing Editor • May 23, 2024
Mexico fans react after Mexico F Julián Quiñones 73rd-minute goal during the MexTour match between Mexico and Brazil at Kyle Field on Saturday, June 8, 2024. (Kyle Heise/The Battalion)
‘The stuff of dreams’
Ian Curtis, Sports Reporter • June 11, 2024

As soon as the Mexico-Brazil soccer match at Kyle Field was announced, Jacob Svetz and Caitlin Falke saw an opportunity.  The match was scheduled...

The Fighting Texas Aggie Band performs at halftime during Texas A&Ms football game against ULM at Kyle Field on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
Gridiron glory to multi-event marvel
Shalina Sabih, Sports Writer • June 7, 2024

Special teams: Special events  “My favorite thing about an event is seeing the people come into the stadium and seeing their excitement...

Kennedy White, 19, sits for a portrait in the sweats she wore the night of her alleged assault inside the Y.M.C.A building that holds Texas A&M’s Title IX offices in College Station, Texas on Feb. 16, 2024 (Ishika Samant/The Battalion).
'I was terrified'
April 25, 2024
Chris Hemsworth as Dementus in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga.
Review: ‘Furiosa’ is a must-see
Justin ChenJune 4, 2024

My jaw dropped open in 2016. Rarely in life does that happen, but the viewing experience of “Mad Max: Fury Road" was something to behold....

Texas A&M pitcher Chris Cortez (10) reacts during Texas A&M’s game against Oregon at the NCAA Bryan-College Station Super Regional at Olsen Field on Saturday, June 8, 2024. (CJ Smith/The Battalion)
One step away
June 8, 2024

A&M opens Williams era with exhibition game against A&M-Kingsville

Texas A&M will usher in the Buzz Williams era Friday night as the men’s basketball team takes on Division II opponent Texas A&M-Kingsville in an exhibition at Reed Arena.
Other than their new face at the helm, the Aggies will have a different look on the floor too, after losing several key players over the offseason to graduation and transfers.
The Aggies will have to work without the post presence of center Christian Mekowulu, perimeter threat in guard Brandon Mahan and reserve point guard Chris Collins.
More notable is the new system Williams brings from Virginia Tech, which he said is still growing on the players.
“We’ve had to restart multiple times,” Williams said. “Not necessarily because they’re not together, [but] just because it’s brand new. We try, and it doesn’t work, so we come back a few hours later and try it again. There’s been a little bit more of a gap in that than there has been in the past.”
With the loss of some key role players of the offense, leading scorer guard and forward Savion Flagg returns after testing the NBA draft process over the offseason.
“I don’t really want to speak on last year’s team, because this is a brand new team,” Flagg said. “But I feel like things are definitely different, and I feel like we’re going in the right direction … The decision [to return] was pretty easy.”
In addition to Flagg, point guard T.J. Starks comes back after sustaining a season-ending right shoulder injury late in conference play. According to, the junior took 31.2 percent of the team’s shots last season prior to his injury.
Guards Wendell Mitchell and Jay Jay Chandler also return as consistent threats in the paint, combining for 21.3 points per game in 2018-19.
Power forward and center Josh Nebo is another key role player who is expected to step up for his senior season after backing up Mekowulu, recording a team-high 69 blocks a year ago. Williams said Nebo’s status is unclear as he recovers from a hamstring injury sustained over the offseason.
“Nebo hasn’t practiced, so it’s hard to say relative to what he will be able to do or if he’ll be able to play,” Williams said. “He hasn’t been a part of anything we’ve done for a long time.”
A&M-Kingsville travels to College Station after finishing 12-15 last season, and a first round exit from the Lone Star Conference tournament.
The Javelinas are without their leading scorer in Darius Mickens, who took his talents to the junior college level over the offseason. However, Kingsville returns its next three leading scorers in guards Rashon Thomas, John Mouton and Chauncey Thomas, respectively.
A&M will tip off with A&M-Kingsville at Reed Arena at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1.

Leave a Comment
Donate to The Battalion

Your donation will support the student journalists of Texas A&M University - College Station. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
Donate to The Battalion

Comments (0)

All The Battalion Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *