JMU’s Semenov Gets Sixth Year
The James Madison basketball team’s biggest addition for next year was made official Tuesday.
Redshirt senior forward Andrey Semenov, who missed all but seven games this season because of a hamstring injury and then torn ligaments in his left ankle, received a sixth year of eligibility that will allow him to suit up again for the Dukes in 2013-14.
JMU compliance director Marcus Bartley confirmed that the NCAA reviewed and approved Semenov’s waiver for an extra year.
Semenov, a Russian sharpshooter who came to Madison in 2008, previously received a redshirt year to make up for a sophomore season almost completely wiped out by injuries.
The Dukes were 5-1 this season with him on the court for more than two minutes, and initially struggled without the 6-foot-7, 200-pound stretch power forward. After coach Matt Brady reinvented an offense that was initially tailored to Semenov’s long-range shooting, JMU slowly melded into a unit that eventually won the school’s first Colonial Athletic Association championship since 1994.
Brady has continually called Semenov the best shooter in the CAA, and it’s difficult to argue with that assertion after Semenov shot 46.4 percent from 3-point range in limited time this season, following a scorching shooting stretch to close out 2011-12.
Brady, in Atlanta for the Final Four, according to his secretary, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
A preliminary starting lineup for JMU looks like this: Ron Curry at point guard, Andre Nation and Charles Cooke on the wings, Semenov at one forward position and Taylor Bessick at the other. All aside from Semenov will be sophomores next year.
JMU used 14 starting lineups this season.
The Dukes lose their top three scorers from this season in seniors A.J. Davis, Rayshawn Goins and Devon Moore. Semenov, who averaged 10 points in his seven games (one in which he played just two minutes), is JMU’s leading returning scorer. He also averaged 10.2 points per game in a complete season as a redshirt junior.