The long- awaited return of Bevill State Basketball to the ACCC Northern Division will happen during the 2017-18 season. The Bears will open the season on November 2 against Coastal Alabama, Bay Minette. This game is the initial contest of an annual series between the two schools to be called the Clem- Robertson Classic. The games will honor Glen Clem (UAB/Walker College, currently Bevill State Community College – Jasper Campus) and Jack Robertson (Faulkner State, currently Coastal Alabama Community College – South), long time coaches at the respective schools.
Bevill State will enter the season with four sophomores and nine freshmen. However, only two of the sophomores have ever played in a college game. The team will also be small, with only three players 6'5" or taller. Two other sophomores hope to gain their eligibility at midterm. Each has a half season of college experience.
Nonetheless, Coach Suitts has high expectations for the Bevill Bears. The team will be led by a pair of strong perimeter players, Dalon Evans 6'4" and DeCarlos Wright, 6'3" and a trio of multi-talented guards, Earnest Medlock, 6'1", Kenton Petties, 6'1", and Joshua Juddine, (6'1"). Marcus Reese (6'2") will see heavy minutes at the wing when he gains eligibility at midterm, completing a Bevill career that began in 2008.
The freshman class that Coach Suitts feels can be the foundation of the Bears' new program is led by 6'1" guard, Wanya King, (the most heralded of the class) and versatile forward 6'5" Chris Freeman.
Depth at guard will be provided by 6' Stephen Campbell, 5'11" Collin Woods, 6'3" Deonte Jones, and 6'2" Peyton Woods. The post will be patrolled by a pair of freshmen, rugged 6'5" Antonio Copeland and rapidly improving 6'7" Omar Bartholomew.