#120 Penn Men's Basketball 2019-2020 Preview

Penn Quakers
2019-2020 Overall Rank: #120
Conference Rank: #3 Ivy
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Despite an inauspicious beginning that saw leading scorer Ryan Betley go down with injury just minutes into the 2018-2019 campaign, Penn got off to strong start last year. The Quakers picked up impressive non-conference wins over the likes of Villanova, Miami and New Mexico. Coach Steve Donahue’s squad went just 7-7 in Ivy League action though and missed out on the postseason. But now Betley is back after averaging 14.3 points and 5.0 rebounds two years ago and he will help lead a Penn team that has the talent and experience to push for an NCAA Tournament berth.
2018-19 Record: 19-12, 7-7
2018-19 Postseason: None
Coach: Steve Donahue
Coach Record: 67-53 at Penn, 267-267 overall
Key Departed Players:
Antonio Woods, Guard, 10.1 ppg
Max Rothschild, Forward, 4.0 ppg
Jake Silpe, Guard, 6.3 ppg
Jackson Donahue, Guard, 2.4 ppg
Key Returning Players:
AJ Brodeur, Senior, Forward, 17.6 ppg
Devon Goodman, Senior, Guard, 13.9 ppg
Bryce Washington, Sophomore, Guard, 7.5 ppg
Ryan Betley, Senior, Guard, Injured last season
Michael Wang, Sophomore, Forward, 8.5 ppg
Kuba Mijakowski, Senior, Forward, 2.1 ppg
Jarrod Simmons, Junior, Forward, 1.7 ppg
Ray Jerome, Senior, Guard, 1.4 ppg
Eddie Scott, Junior, Guard, 1.3 ppg
Key New Players:
Jonah Charles, Freshman, Guard
Jordan Dingle, Freshman, Guard
Max Lorca-Lloyd, Freshman, Center
Max Martz, Freshman, Guard/Forward
Lucas Monroe, Freshman, Guard/Forward
Betley will get plenty of help since four of the top five scorers from last season are back. AJ Brodeur is one of the most dynamic big men the Ivy League has seen in quite some time. The 6-8 senior led the Quakers with 17.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.3 blocks. He can step outside and knock down some three-pointers and battle in the paint. Everybody else on the team is a major shooting threat. Devon Goodman was the most prolific three-point shooter in 2018-2019, shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc. Bryce Washington also showed plenty of promise during his freshman campaign. Michael Wang is a big 6-10 forward who earned a handful of starts as a freshman and averaged 8.5 points and 3.6 rebounds. The potential concern with this group is replacing Max Rothschild as the bruiser in the paint. Rothschild did not put up big numbers, but he did work hard in the paint and created space for Brodeur. If Kuba Mijakowski and Jarrod Simmons can fill that role, Penn will be a tough team to beat.
Projected Postseason Tournament: CBI/CIT
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 72.6 (169th in nation, 4th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 68.3 (86, 1)
Field-Goal Percentage: 45.4 (116, 3)
Field-Goal Defense: 43.2 (140, 4)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 9.1 (56, 1)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 35.1 (138, 5)
Free-Throw Percentage: 63.8 (337, 8)
Rebound Margin: -0.2 (203, 6)
Assists Per Game: 15.0 (55, 3)
Turnovers Per Game: 12.7 (157, 3)