#122 Penn Men's Basketball 2018-2019 Preview

Penn Quakers
2018-2019 Overall Rank: #122
Conference Rank: #2 Ivy League
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Penn developed into a consistent and dangerous team in 2017-2018. After a couple less than stellar seasons under Coach Steve Donahue, the Quakers took a huge step forward last season, going 12-2 in conference play and reaching the NCAA Tournament. Once there, Penn fell to top seeded Kansas 76-60, but with four starters back, this team will compete for another Ivy League title.
2017-18 Record: 24-9, 12-2
2017-18 Postseason: NCAA
Coach: Steve Donahue
Coach Record: 24-9 at Penn, 248-254 overall
Key Departed Players:
Darnell Foreman, Guard, 10.7 ppg
Caleb Wood, Guard, 10.2 ppg
Sam Jones, Forward, 2.0 ppg
Matt McDonald, Guard, 0.7 ppg
Key Returning Players:
Ryan Betley, Junior, Guard, 14.3 ppg
AJ Brodeur, Junior, Forward, 13.1 ppg
Antonio Woods, Senior, Guard, 7.7 ppg
Max Rothschild, Senior, Forward, 7.5 ppg
Devon Goodman, Junior, Guard, 3.8 ppg
Jackson Donahue, Senior, Guard, 3.6 ppg
Jarrod Simmons, Sophomore, Forward, 2.4 ppg
Jake Silpe, Senior, Guard, 1.9 ppg
Tyler Hamilton, Senior, Guard, DNP last season
Key New Players:
Alex Imegwu, Freshman, Guard
Mark Jackson, Sophomore, Center
Griffin Ryan, Freshman, Guard
Michael Wang. Freshman, Forward
Bryce Washington, Freshman, Guard
Ryan Betley and AJ Brodeur are the stars of this team. Betley, a 6-5 junior, averaged a team high 14.3 points and added 5.0 rebounds. He knocked down 39.1 percent of his 215 three-point attempts and can score from anywhere on the floor. Brodeur, a 6-8 forward, is the interior scoring threat. He averaged 13.1 points and led the Quakers with 7.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. Betley and Brodeur are a great inside-outside threat and Penn also has some key pieces to build around those two. Antonio Woods is an experienced senior guard who can handle the ball and knock down some shots. Max Rothschild is a versatile 6-8 senior who averaged 7.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists last season. He can do a little bit of everything and is a great glue guy who provides plenty of leadership. As long as Penn can find a little bit of depth from returning players like Devon Goodman, Jackson Donahue, Jake Silpe and Jarrod Simmons, the Quakers will compete for another Ivy League title.
Projected Postseason Tournament: CBI/CIT
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 75.9 (105th in nation, 3rd in conference)
Scoring Defense: 68.9 (87, 2)
Field-Goal Percentage: 45.8 (117, 3)
Field-Goal Defense: 41.4 (45, 1)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 8.8 (74, 3)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 35.1 (171, 5)
Free-Throw Percentage: 65.9 (326, 8)
Rebound Margin: 1.4 (137, 2)
Assists Per Game: 15.4 (59, 3)
Turnovers Per Game: 11.8 (83, 2)