BEREA, Ohio – The Baldwin Wallace University men's basketball team returns nine letter-winners and all five starters from last seasons team that advanced to the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals.
Second-year Head Coach Tom Heil looks to build on his team's success as he returns two seniors, four juniors, five sophomores and added one transfer and nine freshmen.
"As a coaching staff we are very excited about this year's team," commented Heil. "We have a great balance of experienced returners and talented newcomers. We expect to compete every night we take the floor. We look forward to watching this team grow."
Headlining the BW returners are junior two-time All-OAC guard Cam Kuhn (Vermilion) and junior All-OAC forward Jake Fetherolf (Norwalk). Kuhn, an OAC first-team selection, was second in the OAC and led the team with 21.5 points-per-game, made a team-high 67 three-pointers and tallied a career-best 58 assists last season. Fetherolf was an OAC honorable mention a year ago as he averaged a team-high 9.9 rebounds-per-game, scored 11.4 points-per-game and tallied a team-high 34 blocks.
Senior guard Zack Brandy (Hudson), junior forward Mike Kaminski (Medina) and sophomore guard Jay Battle (Gahanna / Lincoln) are the final three returning starters. Last season, Brandy and Battle played in all 27 games and split time running the offense. Brandy recorded career-bests in points per game (7.3) and assists-per-game (1.8). Battle tallied a team-high 111 assists and averaged 9.4 point-per-game. Kaminiski started in all 27 games and averaged seven points and 2.9 rebounds per game.
In the backcourt, sophomore Wes Gerhardt (Lakewood), sophomore transfer Kyle Nader (Vermillion) and freshmen Zach Cebula (Brunswick), Troy Massa (Parma/Normandy), Michael Quiring (Brunswick) and Ben Seaman (Canton/Jackson) will look to contribute in Heil's rotation.
In addition to Fetherolf and Kaminski, senior Ben Chase (Bay Village/Bay), junior Jordan Richardson (Beachwood) and sophomores Dylan Nieto (Brunswick/St. Ignatius), Jeremy Holley (Sheffield Lake/Elyria Catholic) and Andrew Patterson (Oberlin / Open Door Christian Academy) as well as first-year players Tyler Colombo (Strasburg/Tuscarawas Central Catholic), Jake Elbin (Findlay), Jack Lostoski (Uniontown/Lake), Alex Nahra (Mayfield) and Drew Sova (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) will all provide depth in the paint.
The Yellow Jackets open the 2016-17 season on Tuesday, November 15 when they travel to Cleveland to face cross-town rival Case Western Reserve University in a non-conference game in Horsburgh Gymnasium inside the Veale Center at 7:30 p.m. BW begins OAC play on Saturday, December 3 when it hosts defending OAC regular season champion Marietta College in the Ursprung Gymnasium inside the Lou Higgins Center at 3 p.m.
March 14, 2017 Brandy and Battle Earn Academic All-OAC Honors
February 25, 2017 Men’s Basketball Falls to #8 Marietta in OAC Championship Game
February 23, 2017 Kuhn and Battle Named to All-OAC Men’s Basketball Team
February 23, 2017 Men’s Basketball Defeats Muskingum to Advance to OAC Championship Game
February 21, 2017 Men’s Basketball Upsets Ohio Northern in OAC Quarterfinals
February 18, 2017 Men’s Basketball Wins Regular Season Finale at Wilmington
February 15, 2017 Men’s Basketball Defeats Mount Union on Senior and Parents’ Night
February 11, 2017 Men’s Basketball Holds Off Capital for OAC Victory
February 8, 2017 Quiring, Colombo and Clark All Part of the BW Versus JCU Rivalry
February 8, 2017 Men’s Basketball Falls to OAC and Cross-Town Rival John Carroll
February 4, 2017 Men’s Basketball Beats Otterbein to Earn Season Series Sweep
February 1, 2017 Men’s Basketball Falls to Ohio Northern in OAC Game
January 28, 2017 Men’s Basketball Drops OAC Contest at #15 Marietta
January 25, 2017 Men’s Basketball Falls at Heidelberg
January 21, 2017 Men’s Basketball Wins Overtime Thriller Versus Muskingum
January 18, 2017 Men’s Basketball Falls at Cross-Town Rival John Carroll
January 11, 2017 Men’s Basketball Falls at Ohio Northern
January 7, 2017 Fetherolf Leads BW to OAC Victory Versus Wilmington
January 4, 2017 Men’s Basketball Drops OAC Contest at Mount Union
December 30, 2016 Men’s Basketball Drops Consolation Game in BW Holiday Invitational
December 17, 2016 Men’s Basketball Drops OAC Contest to Capital
December 14, 2016 Six Yellow Jackets Score in Double Figures in Men’s Basketball Victory
December 10, 2016 No. 24 Men’s Basketball Falls to Muskingum in Overtime Thriller
December 7, 2016 No. 24 Men’s Basketball Beats Heidelberg in Comeback Fashion
December 3, 2016 No. 20 Men’s Basketball Falls to No. 4 Marietta in a Tale of Halves
November 30, 2016 Men’s Basketball Selected No. 20 in First Weekly D3Hoops.com poll
November 14, 2016 Men’s Basketball Seeks OAC Title in 2016-17
November 9, 2016 Men’s Basketball Announces 2016-17 Schedule
November 2, 2016 Men’s Basketball Picked Third in OAC Coaches Preseason Poll