The Hawks could have senior guard Shavar Newkirk and sophomore wing Charlie Brown back from injuries in time for their Nov. 11 season opener. Newkirk, who averaged 8.0 points as a sophomore, was on his way to an all-conference season last year, averaging 20.3 points, but suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in a Dec. 30 game that sidelined him for the season.
Brown, who suffered a fracture in his left wrist last month, was named to the Atlantic 10's All-Rookie team last season after averaging 12.8 points and becoming the team's best three-point threat.
Junior Lamarr "Fresh" Kimble is healthy again after suffering a broken bone in his foot and missing the last seven games last season. Senior James Demery averaged almost 15 points last season but needs to be a presence at the defensive end and under the boards this season. Pierfrancesco Oliva, a 6-foot-8 redshirt sophomore who sat out all of last season while recovering from knee surgery, is an outstanding passer but needs his shot to be more consistent.