Washington, DC - The Men's and Women's Basketball Teams will begin their seasons this weekend with a doubleheader at the UDC Gym. The Women' s Basketball Team takes on Chestnut Hill College at 2:00 PM and the Men's Basketball Team plays Alderson-Broaddus College at 4:00 PM. Both of these game will also be audio broadcasted live over the Internet through GameCentral by Stretch Internet.
The Women's Basketball Team returns ten players from last year's team and have depth at each position. They will be led by seniors Jamilia Bonner (Mobile, AL – Williamson HS) and Jasmine Rich (Willingboro, NJ – Willingboro HS), who represent the Firebirds' dynamic backcourt. Bonner is the returning shooting guard, and she averaged 12.7 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game last season for the Firebirds. Bonner is an exceptional athlete who can score off the dribble and shoot the long range jumper. Bonner is also considered to be the Firebirds best perimeter defender. Rich is the Firebirds returning point guard and one of the top point guards in the country. Her 5.3 assists per game ranked her thirteenth in the nation last season. Rich was selected as co-captain for 2011-2012. She is a prototypical point guard with good court vision and ability to distribute the ball. She is a perfect fit with Bonner in the backcourt due to her unselfish play and Bonner's scoring ability.
The Men's Basketball Team returns six key players, including two of the top returning scorers in the Nation. The tandem of Brandon Herbert (Baltimore, MD – McDonogh HS) and Nigel Munson (Washington, DC – Dematha HS) should form one of the most potent backcourts in the country. Brandon Herbert (19.8 ppg) is the 9th leading returning scorer in the country, and Nigel Munson (18.4 ppg) is the 22nd leading returning scorer in the country, giving the Firebirds two of the top 25 returning scorers in the Nation. Herbert was the leading scorer for UDC last season, and is an exceptional shooter and scorer. He will be looked upon to continue his shooting touch in 2011-2012. A local Washington, DC product out of Dematha HS, Munson is widely considered the top point guard in the country, and his leadership and ability to distribute the ball (6.7 apg) will be paramount for the Firebirds success this season.