#135 Wright State Men's Basketball 2019-2020 Preview

Wright State Raiders
2019-2020 Overall Rank: #135
Conference Rank: #2 Horizon
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Coach Scott Nagy has won at least 20 games during his three seasons at Wright State. That included a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2018 and a quick visit to the NIT last season. Once again this is a Raiders team that should compete for a Horizon League title. Three starters are technically gone, but Wright State has the experience and depth to get off to a good start to the 2019-2020 campaign and ride that momentum into March.
2018-19 Record: 21-14, 13-5
2018-19 Postseason: NIT
Coach: Scott Nagy
Coach Record: 66-36 at Wright State, 476-276 overall
Key Departed Players:
Mark Hughes, Forward, 9.3 ppg
Malachi Smith, Guard, 5.4 ppg
Parker Ernsthausen, Center, 4.9 ppg
Alan Vest, Guard, 4.9 ppg
Key Returning Players:
Bill Wampler, Senior, Forward, 15.0 ppg
Loudon Love, Junior, Center, 15.1 ppg
Cole Gentry, Senior, Guard, 11.7 ppg
Skyelar Potter, Sophomore, Guard, 5.8 ppg
Jaylon Hall, Sophomore, Guard
Key New Players:
Jordan Ash, Senior, Guard, Transfer, Northwestern
Grant Basile, Freshman, Forward
Trey Calvin, Freshman, Guard
Aleksandar Dozic, Senior, Forward, Transfer, Marist
Andre Harris, Freshman, Guard
Tanner Holden, Freshman, Guard
TJ Nagy, Freshman, Guard
The frontcourt duo of Bill Wampler and Loudon Love dominated the Horizon League last season and they are ready to do it again. Wampler is a versatile 6-6 forward who is lethal shooting the ball from long range. Love does all the work in the paint, leading the team with 15.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and nearly one block per game. The backcourt will again be led by senior Cole Gentry, who averaged 11.7 points and 3.2 assists last year. With the return of Skyelar Potter and Jaylon Hall, who missed nearly all of last season, the backcourt has experience. Coach Nagy also added experience with the addition of guard Jordan Ash and forward Aleksandar Dozic. Ash, a graduate transfer from Northwestern, spent most of last season on the sidelines with an injury, but he did have some quality moments during his time in Evanston. Dozic comes from Marist where he averaged 7.1 points and 3.9 rebounds last season. He will add some very important frontcourt depth and, like Wampler, can stretch the defense with his outside shooting ability. If those two are ready for big roles and the Raiders can find a little bit of production from the bevy of freshmen, it would be a big disappointment if Wright State did not surpass the 20 win plateau yet again.
Projected Postseason Tournament: CBI/CIT
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 73.2 (154th in nation, 9th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 67.6 (69, 1)
Field-Goal Percentage: 43.6 (216, 6)
Field-Goal Defense: 45.4 (268, 7)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 8.0 (143, 7)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 34.4 (180, 7)
Free-Throw Percentage: 73.7 (76, 3)
Rebound Margin: 3.0 (83, 3)
Assists Per Game: 13.8 (139, 8)
Turnovers Per Game: 11.5 (55, 2)