File. Bowling Green head coach Michael Huger makes a call from the sideline against Akron.

J.D. Pooley | Sentinel-Tribune

Bowling Green State University men’s basketball will hold the annual Orange and Brown Scrimmage on Oct. 16 at the Stroh Center.

The scrimmage, which is free and open to the public, is set for a 3 p.m. tip-off.

The Falcons enter the 2022-23 season with a roster of seven newcomers and eight returners.

Five seniors will return for the Falcons with 6-foot-4, 190-pound senior guard Samari Curtis, 6-4, 195-pound senior guard Isaac Elsasser, 6-3, 185 senior guard Brenton Mills, 6-7, 240 senior forward Gabe O’Neal and 6-7, 210 senior G/F Chandler Turner.

They are joined by 6-9, 210-pound redshirt freshman Ubongabasi Etim.

As for the newcomers, the Falcons will welcome three freshmen and four transfers.

Six-foot-5, 185-pound senior guard Leon Ayers III joins the Falcons from Duquesne while 6-11, 260 senior forward Madani Diarra arrives from Indian Hills Community College.

In the junior class there are two forwards with 6-0, 200-pound Sam Towns coming from Ohio and 6-8, 225 junior forward Rashaun Agee joining from Casper College.

As for the freshman class, 6-9, 210 Jamai Felt will be the lone forward and will be joined by guards Willie Lightfood (6-0) and Anthony McComb III (6-3).

The Falcons will have two exhibitions before the start of the season, traveling to face West Virginia on Oct. 28 and hosting Mansfield on Nov. 1.

The official start to the season is slated for Nov. 7 when the Falcons welcome Air Force to the Stroh Center at 7 p.m.

Noon promoted

BGSU head coach Michael Huger announced the promotion of former assistant coach Kevin Noon to the position of associate head coach.

“Kevin has been an instrumental part of our program since we arrived at BGSU in 2015,” Huger said. “Entering our eighth season together in Bowling Green, I appreciate Kevin’s dedication to the program, loyalty to our staff and commitment to bettering our student athletes.

“Having this level of continuity is rare in this profession, and I look forward to continuing this journey together.”

Noon has aided player development and off-campus recruiting, overseeing many key components of the program, including game scheduling and the budget.

The longest-tenured assistant on Huger’s staff, Noon has assisted in developing several standout players, including Daeqwon Plowden, Justin Turner and Dylan Frye.

Noon has been part of historic runs in Bowling Green. The 2019-20 season saw BGSU sweep Toledo for the first time since 1999, entering the MAC Tournament as the No. 2 seed before the coronavirus shutdown.

Finishing with a 21-10 record, the pandemic-shortened season also marked back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since the 1947-48 and 1948-49 campaigns.

BGSU went 22-12 during the 2018-19 season. The Falcons in 2018-19 and 2019-20 also won 12-plus MAC games in the regular season in back-to-back campaigns for the first time since the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons.

“Since arriving on campus in 2015, it has been an honor to represent BGSU, positively impact our student athletes and be a part of this special community,” Noon said. “Coach Huger has been a tremendous mentor who has empowered me to grow as a coach and leader. I am excited for this new role, and grateful for Coach Huger’s continued trust and leadership.”

Noon has been a member of the program since May of 2015, beginning as the director of operations. Noon held that position for one season before being promoted to assistant coach ahead of the 2016-17 season, a role he has held for six seasons.

The 2022-23 campaign will mark Noon’s eighth with BGSU.