#125 San Francisco Men's Basketball 2018-2019 Preview

San Francisco Dons
2018-2019 Overall Rank: #125
Conference Rank: #5 WCC
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San Francisco won 22 games last season, the most since 1981-82 when the Dons won 25 contests. Head coach Kyle Smith has now won 20+ games in back-to-back seasons at San Francisco. The Dons still have not made an NCAA Tournament since 1998 though, and the ultimate goal is getting back to the big dance. With four starters returning, San Francisco has a chance to make some noise in the WCC and potentially take another step forward.
2017-18 Record: 22-17, 9-9
2017-18 Postseason: CBI
Coach: Kyle Smith
Coach Record: 42-30 at San Francisco, 143-112 overall
Key Departed Players:
Souley Boum, Guard, 10.9 ppg
Chase Foster, Guard, 10.4 ppg
Key Returning Players:
Frankie Ferrari, Senior, Guard, 11.4 ppg
Jordan Ratinho, Junior, Guard, 10.7 ppg
Matthew McCarthy, Senior, Forward, 8.2 ppg

Nate Renfro, Senior, Forward, 6.1 ppg 
Jimbo Lull, Junior, Center, 4.3 ppg

Remu Raitanen, Junior, Forward, 3.7 ppg
Jamaree Bouyea, Sophomore, Guard, 2.5 ppg
Mladen Djordjevic, Senior, Guard, 1.6 ppg
Taavi Jurkatamm, Sophomore, Forward, 1.3 ppg
Key New Players:
Trevante Anderson, Freshman, Guard

Dylan Belquist, Freshman, Forward
Dzmitry Ryuny, Freshman, Forward
San Francisco will have one of the most experienced teams in the WCC next season with nine rotation players returning, including four starters. Frankie Ferrari led the Dons in scoring and assists last season and will be back to run the show as a senior. Ferrari was a first team All-WCC player as a junior and should be even better this year. The three other returning starters are all upperclassmen as well and will provide San Francisco with stability and chemistry. The Dons will lose two double-digit scorers, however, so the returning players must all take steps forward this season to improve upon last year. The NCAA Tournament is likely out of reach, but a return to the CBI or even an NIT berth could be possible for San Francisco in 2019.
Projected Postseason Tournament: CBI/CIT
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 68.8 (287th in nation, 9th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 68.7 (79, 5)
Field-Goal Percentage: 42.2 (298, 10)
Field-Goal Defense: 43.4 (151, 3)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 8.5 (87, 2)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 33.8 (238, 9)
Free-Throw Percentage: 67.6 (299, 10)
Rebound Margin: 0.8 (170, 6)
Assists Per Game: 13.5 (181, 7)
Turnovers Per Game: 11.9 (88, 7)