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UVI Bucs Men’s Basketball Season Opens Oct. 26

UVI Bucs cheered on by University family

The University of the Virgin Islands Bucs Men’s Basketball season for 2017-2018 will begin on Oct. 26. The UVI Classic, the first tournament to open the UVI basketball season had to change locations to Florida because of the unavailability of the Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas Campus. The first game will be on Oct. 26, against Kaiser University in West Palm Beach, Fla.

The season got off to a late start because of the two category five hurricanes, Irma and Maria, which tore through the territory in September.

            In spite of the setbacks, the Athletic Department is making efforts to move forward with the basketball program. With the Sports and Fitness Center on loan to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as their home base here in the territory, the Athletics Department regrouped and rethought their season.

            “Through these tough times and circumstances the Buccaneer nation, including students, faculty and staff, have found a way to endure to the end,” said UVI Head Basketball Coach Jeff Jones.

            This the first time the season opener will not be at home, and their entire season will consist entirely of away games, said Jones. The UVI Men’s Basketball Classic is listed below:

DAY   DATE             TIME             OPPONENT                                      SITE

Thur.   Oct   26            7:00              Keiser University                            W. Palm Beach, FL

Fri.       Oct. 27             7:00              Florida Memorial University          Miami Gardens, FL

Sat.      Oct. 28            5:00              St. Thomas University                    Miami Gardens, FL                     

Mon.   Oct. 30             7:00               Thomas University                         Thomas, GA                          


Please see this link for the full UVI Men’s 2017-2018 basketball schedule.

            Jones said that he will use this experience as a way to get the team even more prepared for the 2018-19 season when home games will return.

The starting lineup consists of:

Chase Thomas
  • Chase Thomas #1

    Height: 6’3”

    Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
    Status: Senior
    Position: Guard

Anthony Goss

Anthony Goss #3
Height: 5’11”
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Status: Senior
Position: Guard

Andre Williams

Andre Williams #5
Height: 6’14”
Hometown: Maybrook, NY
Status: Junior
Position: Forward

Joseph Fogg

Joseph Fogg #14
Height: 6’8”
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga
Status: Senior
Position: Forward

Jake Faye

Jake Faye #12
Height: 6' 6"
Hometown: Lynn, Mass
Status: Senior
Position: Forward

The top team members coming off the bench this season are:

  • Latravian Glover #11
  • Jonathan Harley #2
  • Josh Goss #15

The roster also includes:

  • Marco Ponce #22
  • Justin Syphoe #10
  • Malikay Eastmond #21

Throughout the season, Jackson Dolor and Nate Robinson will also accompany Coach Jones as his assistant coaches as well as Hilrianna Chooran and Julissa Ssosse as the team managers.

“If any of our alumni are in Miami, Georgia, Louisiana or Alabama come support UVI,” said Jones. “If tickets are needed call me at (404) 951-1080 or (340) 344-5966.” Jones also mentioned that the games might be live streamed so follow the UVI Men’s Basketball team on social media to keep up to date with their games. See these Facebook links to the University of the Virgin Islands Men Basketball team page and UVI’s official Facebook Page - University of the Virgin Islands. Follow the team on SnapChat via @uvibasketball.