Torin Smith (Junior Captain) - Torin is coming off a successful sophomore year and has really started to work on adding to his game. The great thing about Torin is he knows what he needs to do to get better and works at it very hard, trying to become more of a complete player. He is a true leader, both by example and he knows how to communicate very well with all of our guys.
Zaire Redding (Junior Captain) - Zaire really took huge strides during his sophomore year and he is going to be asked to do a lot more for us this year. With losing the senior class we lost, we lost a lot of rebounding and Zaire is very ready to step up and help us continue to be a very good rebounding team. He is a kid with great character and a very high energy level and that seems to be rubbing off on a lot of our new faces this year.
Ryan Frantz and Oneal Brown are our only two seniors and the last of Coach Lang's recruits! Ryan is coming back from a season off and he will add a solid, confident piece to our point guard and perimeter positions. His deadly 3-point ability has really made his name known through the AMCC. Oneal had some good games off the bench last year and also started some as well. He will be looked at to fill some of the rebounding numbers.
With losing seven seniors, we as a coaching staff really wanted to re-tool our roster with some freshmen and also transfers so we had some college experience coming in to compete with our returning players. Our six freshmen are Camden Douglas, Arnes Bajgora, Jaewon Mitchell, Josh Krafcynzski, Dion Etheridge and Mateen Etheridge. Our four transfers are sophomores Andy Abreu and Trentton Ray and juniors Isiah Barber and Larry Brodie.
Couple key non-conference games are St Vincent (won the PAC and went to the NCAA Tournament last year) and also our first home game Marietta (coming off another top 20 season and NCAA Tournament appearance). The AMCC games are all going to be extremely tough with the conference being as deep as it ever has been. Our first two home AMCC games are December 3rd against Penn State Altoona and then December 6th against AMCC rival Penn State Behrend.