It took Byron Rimm two years to move Prairie View A&M above the .500 mark, and it took him even less time to repeat the feat as the Panthers finished with a winning record for the second-consecutive season, at 16-14, last year.
Rimm, now in his fifth season as Panthers head coach, also helped Prairie View finish in a tie for fourth in the SWAC standings a year ago at 11-7.
PVAMU returns three starters beginning with junior guard Michael Griffin, who averaged 9.2 points and 3.2 assists per game last season despite shooting just 29 percent from the floor.
He'll be joined by Alabama A&M transfer Trant Simpson, who averaged 15.6 ppg and 4.3 apg last year. At the wing, junior Tim Meadows returns after putting up 7.0 ppg and 4.8 rpg and averaging 30 minutes a game, while 6-foot-5 senior Duwan Kornegay also should factor into the mix.
Brothers Brandon and Michael Webb anchor a front line that will be among the Panthers' biggest question marks heading into the season. Also in that mix is newcomer Aron Walker, a 6-11, 240-pound center from Sweden who averaged 11.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in junior college last season.