#96 Wright State Men's Basketball 2021-2022 Preview

Wright State Raiders
2021-2022 Overall Rank: #96
Conference Rank: #1 Horizon
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Wright State now has to move on after four dominating years of Loudon Love. The center led the Raiders to three straight conference regular season titles and averaged 16.6 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.9 assists during his senior campaign. He was the face of the program, but Coach Scott Nagy has a talented group of players returning. They are a young group, but they are also a group that can still find success in the Horizon League without Love.
2020-21 Record: 18-6, 16-4
2020-21 Postseason: None
Coach: Scott Nagy
Coach Record: 109-49 at Wright State, 519-289 overall
Key Departed Players:
Loudon Love, Center, 16.6 ppg
Jaylon Hall, Guard, 9.4 ppg
Key Returning Players:
Tanner Holden, Sophomore, Guard, 15.8 ppg
Grant Basile, Sophomore, Forward, 15.0 ppg
Tim Finke, Sophomore, Guard, 10.0 ppg
Trey Calvin, Sophomore, Guard, 9.7 ppg
James Manns, Junior, Forward, 3.2 ppg
Alex Huibregtse, Freshman, Guard, 2.6 ppg
Andrew Welage, Freshman, Guard, 1.6 ppg
Andy Neff, Junior, Forward, 1.0 ppg
TJ Nagy, Sophomore, Guard, 0.6 ppg
Key New Players:
AJ Braun, Freshman, Center
Brandon Noel, Freshman, Forward
Keaton Norris, Freshman, Guard
Riley Voss, Senior, Forward, Transfer from Cornell
C.J. Wilbourn, Sophomore, Forward/Center, Transfer from Milwaukee
It is not like Wright State needs to find players to step up and turn into leaders. There are four sophomores on the roster who averaged between 9.7 and 15.8 points. And this group of sophomores can do everything the team needs them to do. Tanner Holden averaged 15.8 points per game and also ranked second on the team in rebounds with 7.3 and assists with 2.7 per game. Grant Basile, a third-year sophomore, is ready to take some of the headlines that went to Love over the last four years. The 6-9 forward boasted an impressive stat line of 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.6 blocks. Most impressive though is that he shot 47.6 percent from beyond the arc and 61.7 percent from the floor. Tim Finke and Trey Calvin were the team’s most prolific outside shooters a season ago. Calvin also dished out 3.5 assists and spearheaded the defensive effort with 1.3 steals. Milwaukee transfer C.J. Wilbourn will add some much needed depth to the frontcourt. Clearly Love deserves a ton of credit for leading this program, but life after Love will not be bad. This team has scorers. They have a dynamic frontcourt player in Basile and a couple great rebounding guards in Holden and Finke. They will not be the sixth best rebounding team in the country again and the three-point shooting percentage may drop without the opposing defense immediately collapsing into the paint, but do not be surprised to see Wright State back atop the conference standings come March.
Projected Postseason Tournament: NCAA
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 82.0 (7th in nation, 1st in conference)
Scoring Defense: 67.4 (88, 1)
Field-Goal Percentage: 48.3 (19, 2)
Field-Goal Defense: 40.1 (20, 1)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 7.5 (151, 7)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 37.0 (41, 3)
Free-Throw Percentage: 72.4 (117, 5)
Rebound Margin: 9.3 (6, 1)
Assists Per Game: 15.4 (47, 2)
Turnovers Per Game: 13.1 (176, 8)