With Ford and Douglas, and the addition of junior college transfers, Poore said. "we have some versatile guys who can do a lot of different things."
Near the top of that list is junior Raymon Austin, a 6-8, 220-pound forward and former player from Paris (Texas) Junior College. Also, Anton Hutchins, who averaged 14.5 points last year for Cincinnati State, will provide immediate help.
"He's an awfully big, strong athlete," Poore said of Austin. "He's playing pretty well.
"Anton is solid, he can drive and hit the 15-foot pull-up."
Juan Johnson, who missed all of last season because of injuries, and Brandon Ross, will also be relied upon to bring State back to "what we like to do," Poore said.
He also added a pair of freshmen in former Ravenswood standout Ben Pannell and Michigan native Victor Sharpe. Pannell averaged 18 points, 12.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists for the Red Devils last year, while the 5-11 Sharpe averaged 14 points, five assists and three steals for Warren Mott High School.
The Yellow Jackets were seventh in the conference last year, their worst finish since ending the season in 11th place during the 2001-02 season - Poore's third as head coach at State.
"I like our team right now, the pieces we have," Poore said.
State will face Mercyhurst in the Conference Challenge at 3 p.m. Saturday, and then will play two games in the Pickle Classic at Mount Olive (N.C.) Nov. 16-17 and at Seton Hill on Nov. 20.
The Yellow Jackets first home game is Nov. 29 against WVC foe Concord.