#101 San Diego Men's Basketball 2018-2019 Preview

San Diego Toreros
2018-2019 Overall Rank: #101
Conference Rank: #4 West Coast
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San Diego had a fine 2017-2018 season, winning 20 games and reaching the CIT. Coach Sam Scholl took over the team prior to the CIT and won a couple games before falling to Northern Colorado in the quarterfinals. Now he will have his first full season with the team and Coach Scholl steps into a good situation with four starters returning.
2017-18 Record: 20-14, 9-9
2017-18 Postseason: CIT
Coach: Sam Scholl
Coach Record: 2-1 at San Diego, 2-1 overall
Key Departed Players:
Cameron Neubauer, Forward, 6.7 ppg
Juwan Gray, Forward, 5.9 ppg
Key Returning Players:
Isaiah Pineiro, Senior, Forward, 15.7 ppg
Isaiah Wright, Senior, Guard, 13.4 ppg
Olin Carter III, Senior, Guard, 12.4 ppg
Tyler Williams, Senior, Guard, 8.8 ppg
Yauhen Massalski, Sophomore, Forward, 4.2 ppg
Alex Floresca, Junior, Forward, 2.6 ppg
Jake Gillam, Sophomore, Center, 2.3 ppg
Key New Players:
Joey Calcaterra, RS Freshman, Guard
Andrew Ferguson, RS Freshman, Center
Emanuel Hylton, RS Freshman, Guard
Akim-Jamal Jonah, RS Freshman, Center
Finn Sullivan, Freshman, Guard
All four returning starters are seniors and Isaiah Pineiro should again be the most productive of the bunch after leading the team with 15.7 points and 6.2 rebounds last season. The 6-7 forward is very productive and efficient in the paint, but can also step outside and knock down the occasional three-pointer. Isaiah Wright is the leader of the backcourt. He averaged 13.4 points, 5.3 assists and 4.9 rebounds and can do it all for the Toreros. Olin Carter and Tyler Williams bring even more scoring prowess to the team. Carter was the most prolific outside shooter on the team, while Williams was often the most consistent shooter. Yauhen Massalski, Alex Floresca and Jake Gillam add some experience to the frontcourt and one of them will step into a starting role beside Pineiro this year. If the depth pans out, this is a San Diego team that can compete with the big three in the WCC.
Projected Postseason Tournament: CBI/CIT
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 70.1 (262nd in nation, 7th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 66.6 (41, 2)
Field-Goal Percentage: 45.2 (150, 4)
Field-Goal Defense: 41.5 (46, 2)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 8.5 (90, 3)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 36.4 (99, 4)
Free-Throw Percentage: 71.1 (179, 5)
Rebound Margin: -0.4 (214, 8)
Assists Per Game: 14.0 (148, 6)
Turnovers Per Game: 13.1 (190, 10)