#108 Wright State Men's Basketball 2020-2021 Preview

Wright State Raiders
2020-2021 Overall Rank: #108
Conference Rank: #1 Horizon
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For the second season in a row Wright State won the Horizon League. For the second year in a row they faltered in the conference tournament and had to settle for a berth in the NIT. Of course last year the Raiders did not get the opportunity to play in the NIT, but it was still a disappointing way to end the season. Regardless, Wright State has always won at least 20 games during Coach Scott Nagy’s four years leading the program. This has become one of the most consistent programs in the conference and they are not going anywhere any time soon.
2019-20 Record: 25-7, 15-3
Coach: Scott Nagy
Coach Record: 91-43 at Wright State, 501-283 overall
Key Departed Players:
Bill Wampler, Forward, 15.5 ppg
Cole Gentry, Guard, 10.8 ppg
Jordan Ash, Guard, 4.0 ppg
Key Returning Players:
Loudon Love, Senior, Center, 15.9 ppg
Tanner Holden, Sophomore, Guard, 11.8 ppg
Jaylon Hall, Junior, Guard, 7.8 ppg
Grant Basile, Sophomore, Forward, 6.2 ppg
James Manns, Junior, Forward, 5.7 ppg
Trey Calvin, Sophomore, Guard, 4.8 ppg
Key New Players:
Alex Huibregste, Freshman, Guard
Andre Harris, RS Freshman, Guard
Brandon Noel, Freshman, Forward
Andrew Welage, Freshman, Guard
Tim Finke, Sophomore, Guard, Transfer from Grand Canyon
Six of the top eight scorers are back and that should worry the rest of the Horizon League. Loudon Love will give the opposition nightmares too. The 6-8 senior averaged 15.9 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 2019-2020. He will crush the program’s rebounding record this year and end his collegiate career as one of the best scorers in school history too. Tanner Holden quickly emerged as a dangerous weapon for Wright State. As a freshman last year the 6-6 guard tallied 11.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.3 steals. If he becomes a bigger threat from beyond the arc, Holden will be up there on the all-time scorers list too before his time at Wright State is over. Grant Basile and James Manns will join Love in the frontcourt. Neither played too much last season with the now departed Bill Wampler taking up most of the minutes, but both can do some scoring and Basile will hit the glass hard too. Jaylon Hall will make sure everybody else gets involved. The junior point guard dished out 2.9 assists per game in 2019-2020. Grand Canyon transfer Tim Finke is another big guard who should add another shooter to the roster. And shooting could be where this team struggles more than usual. With Wampler and Cole Gentry gone, somebody needs to step up and be more consistent and prolific from long range.
Projected Postseason Tournament: NCAA
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 80.6 (7th in nation, 2nd in conference)
Scoring Defense: 70.8 (213, 4)
Field-Goal Percentage: 45.6 (78, 2)
Field-Goal Defense: 41.6 (96, 3)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 7.7 (125, 5)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 36.1 (45, 2)
Free-Throw Percentage: 67.3 (288, 8)
Rebound Margin: 2.9 (94, 2)
Assists Per Game: 13.9 (102, 3)
Turnovers Per Game: 12.4 (102, 2)