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Nov. 13, 2005

Part two of the five part series previewing the upcoming JU season. Today is a look at the JU back court. -

The back court for the Dolphins will see two familiar faces in the starting lineup, but their replacements off the bench are all new.

Part two of JUDolphins.com's five part series previewing the upcoming men's basketball season. Here's the schedule of the five-part series:

Monday - Season Outlook

Tuesday - Back court

Wednesday - Front court

Thursday - Schedule and the A-Sun

Friday - JU vs. FSU preview

Warren has a great dilemma - he has two players that can play both the point and shooting guard positions.

Jesse Kimbrough, a 6-foot senior, is penciled in as the starter at point guard with Aubrey Conerly, a 5-foot-11 senior, slated to be the starter at the shooting guard spot. Each player complements the other and creates one of the best backcourt tandems in the Atlantic Sun.

Kimbrough is the second leading returning scorer from last year's team, averaging 10.8 points per game. He also led JU in assists last year with 90. His ability to create opportunities and direct the offense give him the early starting nod at the point.

As one of the most dangerous outside shooters in the A-Sun, Conerly returns after averaging 6.5 points last season. While seeing time at both guard positions, Conerly dished out 70 assists while hitting 34.4 percent of his 3-point attempts.

"We have two senior guards that have played a lot of basketball in their careers," Warren said. "They bring a lot of leadership to our team at two important positions. These guys have played together and that's a big advantage for us, especially since both can play either guard position and play with passion and energy."

Depth in the back court is one of Warren's biggest concerns. The only other guard on the roster with game experience is senior Matthew Kampfe, a two-year member of the team after walking on from the football team.

Freshmen David Fine and Joseph Newman are expected to be the first two players off the bench.