2016-17 Schedules: Appalachian State Mountaineers

Guard Ronshad Shabazz put together a strong freshman campaign in 2015-16, and will be the go-to guy for the Mountaineers in 2016-17. (Source: Appalachian State Athletics)
Guard Ronshad Shabazz put together a strong freshman campaign in 2015-16, and will be the go-to guy for the Mountaineers in 2016-17. (Source: Appalachian State Athletics)

The Appalachian State Mountaineers were a younger team in 2015-16, relying heavily on underclassmen on both ends of the floor. They showed a ton of potential, but in the end, the season ended with the Mountaineers tied for 9th in the Sun Belt Conference.

In 2016-17, the Mountaineers will still be a younger team, as they only have one senior listed on their roster (Matt O’Boyle). However, their youngsters now have another year of Division I experience under their belts, and are ready to take the next step towards making Appalachian State a contender in the conference.

Star guard Ronshad Shabazz is the team’s top returning scorer from a season ago, and will assume the lead role on offense with the graduation of Frank Eaves. Fellow sophomores Emarius Logan and Tyrell Johnson will see their roles increase with the team in 2016-17, and the team will lean on junior Griffin Kinney for both veteran leadership and production on both ends of the floor.

While the 2016-17 season may be a bit too early for the Mountaineers to contend in the Sun Belt, the foundation has been set for a run at the conference title over the next few years. If all goes according to plan, this season will be another positive step towards that goal.

Appalachian State Mountaineers

2015-16 Record: 9-22 (7-13 in Sun Belt; Tied-9th)
Key Returnees: Ronshad Shabazz, Griffin Kinney, Emarius Logan, Tyrell Johnson
Key Departures: Frank Eaves, Chris Burgess, Jacob Lawson

2016-17 Schedule
(** Denotes Conference Play)

11/8/2016: v. Methodist University (Exhibition)
*Boone, NC

11/12/2016: @ Davidson Wildcats
*Davidson, NC

11/15/2016: @ Tennessee Volunteers
*Knoxville, TN

11/17/2016: v. Warren Wilson College
*Boone, NC

11/23/2016: @ Hartford Hawks
*Hartford, CT

11/26/2016: @ Duke Blue Devils
*Durham, NC

11/28/2016: @ Charlotte 49ers
*Charlotte, NC

12/3/2016: v. Western Carolina Catamounts
*Boone, NC

12/11/2016: v. Montreat College
*Boone, NC

12/15/2016: @ NC State Wolfpack
*Raleigh, NC

12/17/2016: v. James Madison Dukes
*Boone, NC

12/21/2016: v. Hampton Pirates
*Boone, NC

12/31/2016: @ Texas State Bobcats **
*San Marcos, TX

1/2/2017: @ UT-Arlington Mavericks **
*Arlington, TX

1/7/2017: v. Little Rock Trojans **
*Boone, NC

1/9/2017: v. Arkansas State Red Wolves **
*Boone, NC

1/14/2017: @ Coastal Carolina Chanticleers **
*Conway, SC

1/21/2017: @ Georgia Southern Eagles **
*Statesboro, GA

1/23/2017: @ Georgia State Panthers **
*Atlanta, GA

1/28/2017: v. UT-Arlington Mavericks **
*Boone, NC

1/30/2017: v. Texas State Bobcats **
*Boone, NC

2/4/2017: @ Arkansas State Red Wolves **
*Jonesboro, AR

2/6/2017: @ Little Rock Trojans **
*Little Rock, AR

2/11/2017: v. Georgia State Panthers **
*Boone, NC

2/13/2017: v. Georgia Southern Eagles **
*Boone, NC

2/18/2017: @ South Alabama Jaguars **
*Mobile, AL

2/20/2017: @ Troy Trojans **
*Troy, AL

2/25/2017: v. Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks **
*Boone, NC

2/27/2017: v. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns **
*Boone, NC

3/5/2017: v. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers **
*Boone, NC