#115 San Francisco Men's Basketball 2020-2021 Preview

San Francisco Dons
2020-2021 Overall Rank: #115
Conference Rank: #5 West Coast
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San Francisco had a pretty good opening season under Coach Todd Golden. The Dons played well in non-conference play and beat the teams they should have beaten. And after an opening weekend loss at Portland, the team did not lose to anybody below them in the conference standings. Losing to Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s and BYU is not a concern and splitting with Pacific was not too bad last year either. Overall, it was a solid season for San Francisco. Now the question will be whether the Dons can replace three starters and four of their top six scorers.
2019-20 Record: 22-12, 9-7
Coach: Todd Golden
Coach Record: 22-12 at San Francisco, 22-12 overall
Key Departed Players:
Charles Minland, Guard, 14.4 ppg
Jimbo Lull, Center, 11.9 ppg
Jordan Ratinho, Guard, 8.9 ppg
Remu Raitanen, Forward, 5.1 ppg
Key Returning Players:
Jamaree Bouyea, Senior, Guard, 12.2 ppg
Josh Kunen, Sophomore, Forward, 4.4 ppg
Kahalil Shabazz, Junior, Guard, 10.5 ppg
Dzmitry Ryuny, Junior, Forward, 4.5 ppg
Trevante Anderson, Junior, Guard, 3.0 ppg
Taavi Jurkatamm, Senior, Forward, 1.1 ppg
Jonas Visser, Sophomore, Center, 0.8 ppg
Key New Players:
Justin Bieker, RS Freshman, Guard/Forward
Isaiah Hawthorne, RS Freshman, Forward
Damari Milstead, Junior, Guard, Transfer from Grand Canyon
Maj Dusanic, Freshman, Forward
Samba Kane, Junior, Center, JC Transfer
Julian Rishwain, Sophomore, Guard, Transfer from Boston College, pending waiver
Anthony Roy, Freshman, Guard
Jamaree Bouyea and Kahalil Shabazz will be the new top scoring threats for USF. Bouyea averaged 12.2 points, 3.5 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals during his junior campaign and is more than ready to lead this team. Shabazz was the most prolific outside shooter on a team that liked to take three-pointers. He connected on 37.1 percent of his 170 attempts from beyond the arc and averaged 10.5 points per game. Josh Kunen is a returning starter, but only averaged 4.4 points per game. With so many other scoring options last season, Kunen used his 6-8, 200 pound frame to hit the glass and play solid defense. As a sophomore, Kunen will likely be asked to look to score a bit more often. The frontcourt also returns junior Dzmitry Ryuny. He was quite productive offensively, averaging 4.5 points and just 10.7 minutes per game, but is mostly just a shooter. If he can be more productive in other areas of the game, Ryuny will start to make a much bigger impact. A large group of newcomers will need to provide some options for Coach Golden. Two redshirt freshmen and two incoming freshmen will fight for minutes, but the transfers will likely make the biggest impact. Damari Milstead comes from Grand Canyon where he started 26 games two seasons ago and averaged 10.3 points per game. Samba Kane comes from the junior college ranks, but the seven-footer can definitely change games on the defensive end right away. Julian Rishwain will likely sit out this season after transferring in from Boston College. If those new pieces can fit in and provide some decent production, this is a San Francisco squad that has the potential to take another step forward in 2020-2021.
Projected Postseason Tournament: CBI/CIT
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 74.9 (74th in nation, 6th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 68.8 (164, 6)
Field-Goal Percentage: 44.2 (152, 7)
Field-Goal Defense: 44.5 (260, 7)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 8.8 (41, 2)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 33.4 (177, 8)
Free-Throw Percentage: 72.0 (136, 4)
Rebound Margin: 3.3 (81, 3)
Assists Per Game: 12.1 (254, 7)
Turnovers Per Game: 12.1 (83, 4)