#119 Lehigh Men's Basketball 2018-2019 Preview

Lehigh Mountain Hawks
2018-2019 Overall Rank: #119
Conference Rank: #1 Patriot
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Lehigh went into the 2017-2018 season with relatively low expectations for their standards. The Mountain Hawks started Patriot League play with a 3-7 record. But they did win their last eight regular season games. While that momentum did not carry over into the conference tournament, the young Mountain Hawks should be able to build off that late season success.
2017-18 Record: 16-14, 11-7
2017-18 Postseason: None
Coach: Dr. Brett Reed
Coach Record: 198-145 at Lehigh, 198-145 overall
Key Departed Players:
Kahron Ross, Guard, 13.2 ppg
Key Returning Players:
Lance Tejada, Senior, Guard, 14.7 ppg
Pat Andree, Junior, Forward, 12.6 ppg
Kyle Leufroy, Senior, Guard, 10.0 ppg
James Kamik, Sophomore, Center, 7.1 ppg
Jordan Cohen, Junior, Guard, 9.3 ppg
Caleb Bennett, Sophomore, Guard, 5.5 ppg
Marques Wilson, Sophomore, Guard, 5.4 ppg
Ed Porter, Junior, Forward, 2.7 ppg
Key New Players:
Jeameril Wilson, Freshman, Forward
Nick Lynch, Freshman, Center
Joe Foley, Freshman, Guard
Dr. Brett Reed returns every player on his roster except guard Kahron Ross, who averaged 13.2 points per game. Even without Ross, the backcourt has plenty of talent. Senior Lance Tejada led the team with 14.7 points per game last season and connected on 45.3 percent of his attempts from behind the arc. Amazingly he shot better from long range than he did from inside the arc. Kyle Leufroy is not as prolific shooting the basketball, but he is still a very talented and proven scorer. Jordan Cohen averaged 9.3 points and 2.4 assists, mostly off the bench, during his sophomore season. He will step into the starting point guard spot this season. The backcourt has some great shooters, but the frontcourt boasts the most prolific shooter on the team in Pat Andree. The 6-8 junior made 79 three-pointers last season and is nearly impossible to contain with his ability to score inside and out. The big man who stays in the paint is James Karnik. He averaged 7.1 points and a team high 6.5 rebounds. With players like Caleb Bennett and Marques Wilson joining a trio of incoming freshmen, Dr. Reed suddenly has a team loaded with depth and experience. If the pieces come together, Lehigh could make their first NCAA Tournament since 2012.
Projected Postseason Tournament: NCAA
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 77.9 (69th in nation, 2nd in conference)
Scoring Defense: 77.8 (299, 10)
Field-Goal Percentage: 45.3 (148, 5)
Field-Goal Defense: 44.8 (225, 4)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 9.8 (27, 2)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 40.6 (9, 1)
Free-Throw Percentage: 77.7 (12, 1)
Rebound Margin: -0.2 (201, 5)
Assists Per Game: 14.3 (123, 3)
Turnovers Per Game: 12.7 (154, 4)