2011-2012 Fordham Basketball Season Preview

Junior Forward Chris Gaston comes into the 2011-2012 Season as the Best Rebounder in the Country

Last season, the Fordham Rams took a small step in the right direction. Coming off a miserable 2009-2010 season going 2-26 overall and winless in the Atlantic 10, the Rams improved last year winning seven games. This season, don’t look for Fordham to make significant strides but look for some surprise victories throughout the season. The one bright spot for this program this year will be Junior forward Chris Gaston (a St. Anthony’s alum). Last year, Gaston was ranked fourth in the country in rebounding average 11.4 boards per game. Since the three players ranked ahead of him have either graduated or have been drafted (Moorehead State standout Kenneth Faried in particular), Gaston comes into the 2011-2012 season as the best rebounder in the country. Nonetheless, Fordham will have one of the youngest teams in the Atlantic 10 with half of the roster consisting of freshman. Look for the Rams to finish well under .500 this year, but have a couple of bright moments through the season. Who knows? Maybe Chris Gaston could be the first Ram in the NBA since Smush Parker.

Fordham Projected Starting Lineup:

G Branden Frazier – 11.0 PPG, 3.3 APG

G Alberto Estwick – 10.PPG, 3.9 RPG

G Lamount Samuel – 6.2 PPG, 2.8 RPG

F Chris Gaston – 15.3 PPG, 11. 3 RPG

C Kervin Bristol – 3.8 PPG, 6.8 RPG

Here’s a clip from Fordham’s upset over St. John’s last season at Rose Hill:

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