Coach: Bill Nelson (31st season, 485-302) 2015-16 record: 13-12, 10-8 (sixth in Division III Centennial Conference) Tournament finish: Did not qualify Preseason poll: Third in Centennial Conference Key nonconference games: at Lynchburg (Tuesday), vs. Cabrini (next Friday), vs. Salisbury/Staten Island (Nov. 19), vs. York (Pa.) (Dec. 29) Player to watch: Ryan Curran. The 6-7 senior forward averaged 13 points and a team-best 7.3 rebounds while finishing third on the Blue Jays in total steals (19) and second in blocks (18). Skinny: Will Nelson get his 500th career victory at Hopkins? He’s 15 away, and he gets back three starters from last year’s team, as well as six players who played in at least 16 games. Graduate student Sam Gordon, Curran and junior Jesse Flannery combined for 52 starts last season. Also back is graduate student Austin Vasiliadis, who missed the final 19 games with a knee injury. Vasiliadis, a 5-11 guard, averaged 14.3 points, 5.7 assists and 3.0 steals in 31.7 minutes in six games before his injury.
Coach: Kevin Curley (10th season, 123-112) 2015-16 record: 14-12, 10-8 (fifth in Centennial Conference) Tournament finish: Lost to No. 4 seed Gettysburg, 68-56, in Centennial first round Preseason poll: Eighth in Centennial Key nonconference games: vs. Wilson (Tuesday), vs. Penn State-York (Nov. 19), vs. Penn State-Schuylkill (Nov. 27), at Marymount (Dec. 19), at City College of New York (Dec. 30) Players to watch: Austin Cannon and Josh McWilliams. Cannon, a 6-1 guard and Manchester Valley graduate, had a team-best 1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio and the second-most starts last season of any returning player (19), while McWilliams is the leading returning scorer after averaging 5.3 points per game last season. The backcourt duo will try to fill the role left by Wes Brooks, who was second on the team and fifth in the conference in scoring, averaging 14.9 points. The skinny: Who will shoulder the scoring load after the loss of Brooks and forward Tim Stewart? Brooks took a team-high 64 3-pointers last season while shooting a conference-best 46.7 percent from beyond the arc. Stewart led the team and was fourth in the conference in scoring with 15.6 points per game, while also leading the Green Terror in rebounding. Both earned first-team All-Centennial honors, the first time McDaniel had multiple players on the first team. Senior forward-center Kevin Yrizarry (Owings Mills) played the third-most minutes per game last season behind Brooks and Stewart.
Coach: Gary Stewart (sixth season, 75-61) 2015-16 record: 11-15, 9-7 (fourth in Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth) Tournament result: Lost to No. 5 seed Lycoming, 89-75, in MAC Commonwealth first round Preseason poll: t-seventh in MAC Commonwealth Key nonconference games: vs. Lynchburg (next Friday), vs. Skidmore (Nov. 19), at Goucher (Dec. 17), vs. Sewanee (Dec. 29) and vs. Oglethorpe (Dec. 30) in Atlanta Player to watch: Sean Mayberry. The 6-2 junior guard, a Calvert Hall graduate, averaged 13.3 points last season, third best on the team. He’ll be called upon to step up after the Mustangs lost a pair of All-MAC performers to graduation in Erik Fisher (Archbishop Spalding) and Christian Roberts. In 23 starts, Mayberry was second on the team with 5.6 rebounds per game and fourth with 1.5 assists. The skinny: Can the Mustangs score enough to be competitive? Stevenson returns five players from last season’s team that qualified for the conference tournament for the fifth straight year. Mayberry is the only returning player who scored in double digits last season, with senior forward Ryan Hill (4.7 points per game), an Arundel grad, and sophomore guard Korey Hayman Jr. (3.8) the next-best options. firstname.lastname@example.org twitter.com/CJDoon For season previews of Maryland and Navy, go to baltimoresun.com/sports.