2019–20 Texas A&M Aggies men's basketball team

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2019–20 Texas A&M Aggies men's basketball
Texas A&M University logo.svg
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
2019–20 record13–12 (7–6 SEC)
Head coachBuzz Williams (1st season)
Assistant coaches
  • Devin Johnson
  • Jamie McNeilly
  • Lyle Wolf
Home arenaReed Arena
Seasons
2019–20 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 10 Kentucky 11 2   .846     21 5   .808
No. 13 Auburn 9 4   .692     22 4   .846
LSU 9 4   .692     18 8   .692
Florida 9 4   .692     17 9   .654
Mississippi State 8 5   .615     17 9   .654
South Carolina 8 5   .615     16 10   .615
Texas A&M 7 6   .538     13 12   .520
Tennessee 7 6   .538     15 11   .577
Alabama 6 7   .462     14 12   .538
Missouri 5 8   .385     13 13   .500
Arkansas 4 8   .333     16 9   .640
Ole Miss 4 8   .333     13 12   .520
Georgia 3 10   .231     13 13   .500
Vanderbilt 1 12   .077     9 17   .346
2020 SEC Tournament winner
As of February 20, 2020; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2018–19 Texas A&M Aggies men's basketball team represents Texas A&M University in the 2019–20 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Aggies are coached by first-year head coach Buzz Williams. The Aggies play their home games at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas.

Previous season[edit]

The Aggies finished the season 14–18, 6–12 in SEC play to finish in 11th place. They defeated Vanderbilt in the first round of the SEC Tournament[1] before losing to Mississippi State.[2]

On March 15, 2019, the school fired head coach Billy Kennedy after eight seasons.[3][4] On April 3, the school hired Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams as the team's next head coach.[5]

Offseason[edit]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Reason for departure
Admon Gilder 3 G 6'4" 199 Senior Dallas, TX Graduate transferred to Gonzaga
Chris Collins 12 G 6'2" 181 RS Senior Friendswood, TX Walk-on; graduated
Brandon Mahan 13 G 6'5" 200 Sophomore Birmingham, AL Transferred to UCF
Isiah Jasey 15 F 6'10" 246 Sophomore Killeen, TX Transferred to SMU
John Brown 20 F 6'10" 220 RS Sophomore Magnolia, TX Transferred to West Texas A&M
Christian Mekowulu 21 F 6'9" 245 RS Senior Lagos, Nigeria Graduated
Frank Byers 22 G 5'10" 180 Senior Dallas, TX Graduated
John Walker III 24 F 6'9" 196 RS Freshman Missouri City, TX Transferred to Texas Southern
Cameron Alo 33 G 5'9" 174 Sophomore Houston, TX Walk-on; left team due to personal reasons

Incoming transfers[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous college
Quenton Jackson 3 G 6'5" 180 Junior Inglewood, CA Junior college transferred from College of Central Florida.

2019 recruiting class[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Emanuel Miller
SF
Toronto, ON Prolific Prep 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) May 7, 2019 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 81
Andre Gordon
PG
Sidney, OH Sidney High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Apr 13, 2019 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 81
Yavuz Gultekin
PF
Cumberland, MD Bishop Walsh High School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Apr 13, 2019 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 80
Jonathan Aku
C
McKinney, TX The Entrepreneur Academy 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Aug 11, 2019 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 80
Bakari Simmons
SG
Chicago, IL Victory Rock Prep 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jul 2, 2019 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPNN/A   ESPN grade: POST
Cashius McNeilly
SG
Toronto, ON Thornlea Secondary School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Apr 13, 2019 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPNN/A   ESPN grade: 0
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Texas A&M 2019 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  • "2019 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved August 19, 2019.

2020 recruiting class[edit]

Preseason[edit]

SEC media poll[edit]

The SEC media poll was released on October 15, 2019.[6]

Media poll
Predicted finish Team
1 Kentucky
2 Florida
3 LSU
4 Auburn
5 Tennessee
6 Alabama
7 Mississippi State
8 Ole Miss
9 Georgia
10 South Carolina
11 Arkansas
12 Texas A&M
13 Missouri
14 Vanderbilt

Roster[edit]

2019–20 Texas A&M Aggies men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Jay Jay Chandler 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jr Cinco Ranch Katy, Texas
G/F 1 Savion Flagg 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 223 lb (101 kg) Jr Alvin Alvin, Texas
G 2 T. J. Starks 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 208 lb (94 kg) Sr Lancaster Lancaster, Texas
G 3 Quenton Jackson 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 171 lb (78 kg) Jr Mira Costa
College of Central Florida
Los Angeles, California
F 5 Emanuel Miller 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 213 lb (97 kg) Fr Prolific Prep (CA) Scarborough, Ontario
C 10 Everett Vaughn (W) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 237 lb (108 kg) RS Fr St. Thomas Bellaire, Texas
G 11 Wendell Mitchell 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 183 lb (83 kg) RS Sr Rockdale
Baylor/Trinity Valley CC
Rockdale, Texas
G 12 Mark French 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 162 lb (73 kg) Sr Prestonwood Christian Plano, Texas
G 13 Cashius McNeilly 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 191 lb (87 kg) Fr Thornlea Secondary School Scarborough, Ontario
F 15 Jonathan Aku 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Fr iSchool Entrepreneurial Academy (TX) Kaduna, Nigeria
G 20 Andre Gordon 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Sidney Sidney, Ohio
G 21 Zach Walker (W) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) So Deer Park Deer Park, Texas
F 25 Bakari Simmons 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Simeon Chicago, Illinois
F 31 Luke McGhee (W) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 237 lb (108 kg) RS Fr Clark San Antonio, Texas
F 32 Josh Nebo 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 244 lb (111 kg) RS Sr Cypress Lakes
Saint Francis
Houston, Texas
F 35 Yavuz Gultekin 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 201 lb (91 kg) Fr Bishop Walsh (MD) Karşıyaka, Turkey
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
November 1, 2019*
8:00 pm
Texas A&M–Kingsville W 81–74 
 16  Jackson   7  Flagg   7  Flagg  Reed Arena 
College Station, TX
Regular season
November 6, 2019*
7:00 pm, SECN+
Northwestern State W 77–63  1–0
 22  Flagg   7  Tied   5  Flagg  Reed Arena (5,751)
College Station, TX
November 11, 2019*
7:00 pm, SECN+
Louisiana–Monroe W 63–57  2–0
 17  Chandler   6  Tied   3  Jackson  Reed Arena (5,018)
College Station, TX
November 15, 2019*
8:00 pm, SECN
No. 8 Gonzaga L 49–79  2–1
 14  Mitchell   6  Miller   2  Tied  Reed Arena (10,344)
College Station, TX
November 20, 2019*
7:00 pm, SECN+
Troy W 56–52  3–1
 14  Nebo   12  Nebo   3  Tied  Reed Arena (5,271)
College Station, TX
November 28, 2019*
12:30 pm, ESPN2
vs. Harvard
Orlando Invitational quarterfinals
L 51–62  3–2
 17  Mitchell   6  Tied   2  Tied  HP Field House (1,979)
Bay Lake, FL
November 29, 2019*
1:00 pm, ESPNews
vs. Temple
Orlando Invitational consolation 2nd round
L 42–65  3–3
 12  Nebo   6  Nebo   3  Chandler  HP Field House (2,014)
Bay Lake, FL
December 1, 2019*
9:30 am, ESPNU
vs. Fairfield
Orlando Invitational 7th place game
L 62–67  3–4
 17  Flagg   5  Gultekin   5  Jackson  HP Field House 
Bay Lake, FL
December 8, 2019*
2:00 pm, ABC
vs. Texas
Lone Star Showdown
L 50–60  3–5
 16  Nebo   14  Miller   5  French  Dickies Arena (9,136)
Fort Worth, TX
December 15, 2019*
5:00 pm, SECN+
Texas A&M–Corpus Christi W 63–60  4–5
 20  Miller   13  Nebo   4  Flagg  Reed Arena (5,846)
College Station, TX
December 21, 2019*
7:30 pm, SECN
Oregon State W 64–49  5–5
 15  Nebo   13  Miller   3  Chandler  Reed Arena (7,303)
College Station, TX
December 30, 2019*
7:00 pm, SECN+
Texas Southern W 58–55  6–5
 18  Flagg   15  Nebo   3  3 tied  Reed Arena (6,588)
College Station, TX
January 4, 2020
6:00 pm, SECN
at Arkansas L 59–69  6–6
(0–1)
 15  Gordon   13  Nebo   3  Gordon  Bud Walton Arena (19,200)
Fayetteville, AR
January 7, 2020
8:00 pm, SECN
Ole Miss W 57–47  7–6
(1–1)
 17  Nebo   9  Tied   3  Flagg  Reed Arena (5,982)
College Station, TX
January 11, 2020
2:30 pm, SECN
at Vanderbilt W 69–50  8–6
(2–1)
 15  Mitchell   7  Tied   4  Flagg  Memorial Gymnasium (9,076)
Nashville, TN
January 14, 2020
6:00 pm, SECN
LSU L 85–89 OT 8–7
(2–2)
 20  Nebo   9  Nebo   4  Flagg  Reed Arena (7,068)
College Station, TX
January 18, 2020
12:00 pm, SECN
South Carolina L 67–81  8–8
(2–3)
 18  Nebo   9  Miller   4  Flagg  Reed Arena (7,466)
College Station, TX
January 21, 2020
8:00 pm, ESPNU
at Missouri W 66–64  9–8
(3–3)
 14  Flagg   6  Flagg   2  Flagg  Mizzou Arena (8,529)
Columbia, MO
January 25, 2020*
3:00 pm, ESPNU
Oklahoma State
Big 12/SEC Challenge
L 62–73  9–9
 11  Tied   7  Flagg   5  Flagg  Reed Arena (7,622)
College Station, TX
January 28, 2020
5:30 pm, SECN
at Tennessee W 63–58  10–9
(4–3)
 23  Mitchell   12  Miller   3  Flagg  Thompson–Boling Arena (17,722)
Knoxville, TN
February 1, 2020
12:00 pm, SECN
at Georgia L 48–63  10–10
(4–4)
 13  Mitchell   7  Flagg   4  Flagg  Stegeman Coliseum (10,156)
Athens, GA
February 4, 2020
8:00 pm, SECN
Missouri W 68–51  11–10
(5–4)
 18  Nebo   13  Miller   3  Jackson  Reed Arena (5,755)
College Station, TX
February 8, 2020
12:00 pm, SECN
at South Carolina L 54–74  11–11
(5–5)
 16  Jackson   8  Miller   1  5 tied  Colonial Life Arena (13,388)
Columbia, SC
February 12, 2020
7:30 pm, SECN
Florida L 61–78  11–12
(5–6)
 19  Miller   4  Tied   2  Tied  Reed Arena (6,237)
College Station, TX
February 15, 2020
2:30 pm, SECN
Georgia W 74–69  12–12
(6–6)
 21  Miller   10  Miller   4  Flagg  Reed Arena (7,106)
College Station, TX
February 19, 2020
6:00 pm, SECN
at Alabama W 74-68  13-12
(7-6)
 20  Jackson   8  Nebo   4  Mitchell  Coleman Coliseum (9,157)
Tuscaloosa, AL
February 22, 2020
2:30 pm, SECN
Mississippi State   
                  Reed Arena 
College Station, TX
February 25, 2020
6:00 pm, ESPN
Kentucky   
                  Reed Arena 
College Station, TX
February 29, 2020
11:00 am, ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU
at LSU   
                  Pete Maravich Assembly Center 
Baton Rouge, LA
March 4, 2020
6:00 pm, ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU
at Auburn   
                  Auburn Arena 
Auburn, AL
March 7, 2020
3:30 pm, SECN
Arkansas   
                  Reed Arena 
College Station, TX
SEC Tournament
March 11–15, 2020
 SECN/ESPN
vs.    
                  Bridgestone Arena 
Nashville, TN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

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