Men's Basketball

Men's Knights Team Roster

  • Ta'Ron Andrews

      Number: 
      Position: F
      Height: 6'5"
      Weight: 208
      Class: Freshman
      Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
  • Ezekiel Brown

      Number: 
      Position: G
      Height: 5'9" 
      Weight: 
      Class: Freshman
      Hometown: Baton Rouge

  • Joe Brown

      Number: 43
      Position: C
      Height: 6'8"
      Weight: 195
      Class: Senior
      Hometown: Augusta, GA
  • Emmanuel Butler

      Number: 
      Position: G
      Height: 6'3" 
      Weight: 180
      Class: Freshman
      Hometown: Nassau, Bahamas
  • Talonzo Edward

      Number: 32
      Position: F/C
      Height: 6'7"
      Weight: 210
      Class: Junior
      Hometown: Palm Beach, FL
  • Thaddeus Fortune

      Number: 1
      Position: G
      Height: 6'2"
      Weight: 190
      Class: Junior
      Hometown: Baton Rouge
  • Andre Funches

      Number: 10
      Position: G
      Height: 6'1''
      Weight: 190
      Class: Junior
      Hometown: Jackson, MS
  • Filipe Broges Goncalves

      Number: 
      Position: G/F
      Height: 6'4"
      Weight: 185
      Class: Junior
      Hometown: Brazil
  • Elijah Gray

      Number: 
      Position: C
      Height: 6'7"
      Weight: 200
      Class: Freshman
      Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
  • Matthew Haynes

      Number: 
      Position: G
      Height: 6'1"
      Weight: 175
      Class: Sophomores
      Hometown: Houston, TX
  • Dwan Montgomery

      Number: 34
      Position: G/F
      Height: 6'4"
      Weight: 208
      Class: Freshman
      Hometown: New Orleans 
  • Junald Olusesi

      Number: 21
      Position: F
      Height: 6'5" 
      Weight: 180
      Class: Junior
      Hometown: Atlanta, GA 
  • Ronald Smith

      Number: 5
      Position: G
      Height: 5'8" 
      Weight: 140
      Class: Freshman
      Hometown: Baton Rouge 
  • Dominique Suggs

      Number: 31
      Position: G/F
      Height: 6'5" 
      Weight: 208
      Class: Junior
      Hometown: New Orleans
  • Cortavius Williams

      Number: 20
      Position: F
      Height: 6'5" 
      Weight: 187
      Class: Junior
      Hometown:Alexandria, LA
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  • Head Coach: Dale Valdery

    Experience: 5th Season
    Wins: 273
    Losses: 200
    Alma Mater: Xavier

    Assistant Coach: Brian Smith

    Experience: 7th Season
    Wins: #
    Losses: #
    Alma Mater: Southern University and A&M College ’02
  • Head Coach - GCAC 2001 Coach of the Year

    Known as one of the most successful coaches in the region, Coach Dale Valdery brings a career head coaching record of 273-200 to his fifth season at SUNO.

    Coach Val’s coaching career began in 1977 at Xavier University of Louisiana as the first head coach of the women’s basketball team. “Coach Val” got off to a promising start, leading Xavier’s women to District 30 championships in 1981 and 1982. Along the way he earned honors as both District and Metro Coach of the Year in 1981.

    He would eventually make his mark as the head coach of Xavier’s men’s team. He took over the Gold Rush in 1990 after stints as an assistant men’s coach at Southern University and A&M College, Grambling State University and Xavier. As head coach, Valdery’s accomplishments included Louisiana Small College Coach of the Year (2001), GCAC Coach of the Year (2001), three NAIA tournament appearances and the most wins in Xavier’s history. Before taking over at SUNO, Coach Val served again as an assistant coach at Southern University where the Jaguars won two Southwestern Athletic Conference Championships. He also made a stop at Hampton University where he served as assistant coach of the women’s team.

    In his first year at SUNO, Coach Valdery made it a point to begin a culture of winning by focusing on his team’s attitude. Depite a three-win inaugural season, Coach Valdery focused on his players’ academic commitment as well as their collective commitment to working towards winning through hard-nosed defense and smart play.

    Coach Valdery is a native of New Orleans and received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Xavier University. As a basketball player at Brother Martin High School, Coach Valdery was a member of the legendary 36-0 1971 state and “national” championship team as well as another state championship team.

  • Over the past six seasons, Smith has coached 10 players who have moved on to play professionally, five All-Conference players and 14 All-Region players and is one of only three coaches in his region who have made four appearances in the Region VI Final Four in the past eight years.

    Player development has been the cornerstone of Coach Smith’s career. He believes in the relationships built during the recruiting process and the influence it has for a lifetime.

    He implemented an academic program at Southern University at New Orleans, which boasted a 75 percent graduation rate among players for the past 7 years.

    During his career at Southern University at New Orleans, Coach Smith made a NAIA National Tournament Appearance in 2011-2012. He is originally from New Orleans, and graduated with his bachelor’s degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge. He received his master’s degree from Southern University at New Orleans in 2012, and has coached here as an assistant since 2008.

    Before SUNO, Coach Smith was the assistant coach at Brookhaven College in Dallas, Texas from 2007-2008. Known nationally for it scoring, Brookhaven College won a 2008 conference co-championship with a 25-6 record. The team also was second in the nation in scoring in 2007-2008.

  • GCAC CHAMPIONSHIPS

    1998 | Tournament
    2000 | Tournament
    2002 | Conference Co-Champs & Tournament
    2003 | Conference & Tournament
    2004 | Conference Co-Champs
    2011 | Tournament

    COACHES

    1972-1974 | Roger Hornsby: 36-60
    1974-1989 | Cirilo Manego: 175-230
    1989-1991 | James Butler: 10-52
    1991-2006 | Earl Hill: 252-175
    2006-2007 | Marco Borne: 12-14
    2007-2008 | James Rowley: 5-20
    2008 - | Dale Valdery: 67-72

    GCAC COACH OF THE YEAR

    1995 | Earl R. Hill
    2002 | Earl R. Hill
    2003 | Earl R. Hill

    GCAC RECORD

    1987-1988 | Highest 3-point percentage in a season (.435)

    GCAC PLAYER OF THE YEAR

    1995 | Karriem Reed
    1996 | Willie Quinn
    1997 | Willie Quinn
    2002 | Toshay Harvey
    2003 | Roberto Ferriar
    2004 | Roberto Ferriar

    LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION OF BASKETBALL COACHES (LABC) COACH OF THE YEAR

    2000 | Earl R. Hill
    2002 | Earl R. Hill
    2003 | Earl R. Hill

    LOUISIANA SPORTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION ALL-LOUISIANA PLAYERS

    1998 | Eric McCarty (3rd Team)
    2001 | Nathaniel Bailey (2nd Team)
    2005 | Lamar Clark (3rd Team)
    2011 | Brent Leduff

    LOUISIANA SPORTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION PLAYER OF THE YEAR

    2002 | Toshay Harvey
    2003 | Roberto Ferriar & Toshay Harvey
    2004 | Roberto Ferriar

    GCAC ALL-CONFERENCE PLAYERS

    1987 | Rod Felix
    1990 | Herman Pope
    1993 | John Young
    1994 | Kurt Scales
    1995 | Karriem Reed(Newcomer of the Year)
    1996 | Karriem Reed
    1996 | Willie Quinn 1997 | Kenyatta Nason(Newcomer of the Year)
    1997 | Willie Quinn
    1998 | Charlie Johnson
    1999 | Eric McCarty
    1999 | Leon Mitchell
    2000 | Byron Wilson
    2000 | Leon Mitchell
    2001 | Nathaniel Bailey
    2002 | Edwin Colbert
    2002 | Toshay Harvey(Newcomer of the Year)
    2003 | Roberto Ferriar
    2003 | Toshay Harvey
    2003 | Courtney Trask
    2004 | Lamar Clark
    2004 | Roberto Ferriar
    2004 | Ernest Porter
    2005 | Lamar Clark
    2005 | Roberto Ferriar
    2007 | Kevin Thomas
    2010 | Lionel Green
    2011 | Brent Leduff
    2011 | Andre Davis
    2011 | Ricardo Porter
    2012 | Devin White
    2012 | Kevin Dukes (Freshman of the Year)
    2013 | Clyde Moore

    NAIA ALL-AMERICANS

    1997 | Willie Quinn
    2002 | Toshay Harvey
    2003 | Roberto Ferriar
    2003 | Toshay Harvey
    2004 | Roberto Ferriar
    2005 | Lamar Clark
    2010 | Lionel Green
    2011 | Brent Leduff
    2012 | Devin White (Honorable Mention)

DID YOU KNOW?

The total enrollment at SUNO has grown every year since Hurricane Katrina. Despite projections that the University's enrollment would only reach between 1,200 and 1,500 students in the spring of 2006, more than 2,000 students returned to campus. SUNO's current enrollment is 2,704 students.