Local men’s teams at a glance
Coach: Michael Grant (third season, 17-45) 2015-16 record: 9-22, 6-10 (tied for ninth in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) Tournament result: Lost to No. 3 seed South Carolina State, 90-80, in MEAC quarterfinals Preseason poll: 10th in MEAC Key nonconference games: at Hofstra (tonight), at Valparaiso (Monday), at Brigham Young (Thursday), at Utah (next Friday), at Georgetown (Nov. 30), at Clemson (Dec. 4), at Mount St. Mary’s (Dec. 22) Player to watch: Terry Harris Jr. The 6-foot-8 senior forward, a Kenwood graduate, was named to the preseason All-MEAC third team after a junior season in which he averaged 12.4 points and 7.2 rebounds, fifth best in the conference. Harris, who tied a team season high with 27 points in an overtime loss to San Francisco last season, finished with eight double doubles and a team-leading 25 blocks. The skinny: Who will replace Christian Kessee? Kessee, the Eagles’ scoring leader, who will play at Memphis this season as a graduate transfer, averaged 14.6 points and shot 39.5 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. He was one of three double-digit scorers lost, alongside Trevon Seymore (10.2) and James Sylvester (10). Harris and senior guard-forward Joshua Treadwell figure to pick up the slack, along with senior guard Joseph Gripper, a transfer from Highland Community College in Illinois. Gripper averaged six points, 2.7 assists and 1.4 rebounds while shooting 45 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from 3-point range for the Cougars in 2013-14. Treadwell shot a team-high 44.1 percent from the field and was second on the team in 3-pointers made (39) for Coppin State.
Coach: G.G. Smith (fourth season, 31-59) 2015-16 record: 9-21, 8-10 (eighth in Patriot League) Tournament result: Lost to No. 9 seed Holy Cross, 72-67, in Patriot League first round Preseason poll: Seventh in Patriot League Key nonconference games: at Notre Dame (next Friday), at No. 22 Creighton (Nov. 26), vs. Mount St. Mary’s (Dec. 3), at Towson (Dec. 7) Player to watch: Andre Walker. The 6-0 junior guard was named to the preseason All-Patriot League team after being named second-team all-conference last season, when he averaged 14.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists. Walker was the only Patriot League player to be in the top 10 statistically in points per game, assists per game, steals per game, free-throw percentage and 3-point field-goal percentage. He made nine of 16 shots and scored 22 points to lead all scorers in the Greyhounds’ 73-50 exhibition victory over visiting Johns Hopkins on Nov. 3. The skinny: Can Loyola’s experienced roster make noise in the Patriot League? The Greyhounds return 60 percent of their scoring from last season and 69.3 percent of their rebounds. They are also one of just three Patriot League teams to return two players who averaged at least 13.3 points last season in Walker and senior guard Jarred Jones (13.3). Jones, a John Carroll graduate, finished fourth in the league in rebounding with 7.2 per game and was sixth in field-goal percentage (. 500). Also part of the veteran backcourt is junior guard Chancellor Barnard (Glenelg Country), who started 22 games last season, averaging 6.4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.
Coach: Todd Bozeman (11th season, 159-162) 2015-16 record: 9-22, 6-10 (t-ninth in MEAC) Tournament result: Lost to No. 1 seed Hampton, 83-81, in MEAC quarterfinals Preseason poll: Ninth in MEAC Key nonconference games: at Houston (tonight), vs. Towson (Tuesday), at Rutgers (Dec. 3), at Penn State (Dec. 21) Player to watch: Stanley Davis. The 6-4 freshman guard from STEM Academy in Chester, Pa., helped lead the Clippers to a 24-8 record and league championship as a senior. “I think he’s going to be really good,” Bozeman said. “He has great leadership capabilities. Stanley’s going to be a major contributor for us.” The skinny: How will the Bears replace leading scorers Cedric Blossom and Rasean Simpson? Blossom, a third-team All-MEAC selection at forward last season, led Morgan State with 15 points per game, while Simpson, drafted by the NBA Development League’s Santa Cruz Warriors, an affiliate of the Golden State Warriors, averaged 12.2. The duo also combined to average more than 13 rebounds per game. Tasked with replacing Blossom’s production in the frontcourt will be junior forward Phillip Carr, the Bears’ lone returning starter and a preseason second-team All-MEAC selection. Carr, who averaged 10.5 points and 6.9 rebounds last season, has the ability to score inside and on the perimeter, shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc last season.