#91 San Francisco Men's Basketball 2021-2022 Preview

San Francisco Dons
2021-2022 Overall Rank: #91
Conference Rank: #5 West Coast
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San Francisco got off to a decent start last season, including a nice win over then #4 Virginia. But things pretty much fell apart by the end of the campaign. The Dons lost their last six regular season games and ended the year with a very disappointing 4-9 record in West Coast Conference play. But with much of the team returning and a few transfers entering the program, USF should see dramatic improvement in 2021-2022.
2020-21 Record: 11-14, 4-9
2020-21 Postseason: NCAA
Coach: Todd Golden
Coach Record: 32-26 at San Francisco, 32-26 overall
Key Departed Players:
Taavl Jukatamm, Forward, 5.7 ppg
Damari Milstead, Guard, 4.7 ppg
Samba Kane, Center, 2.7 ppg
Key Returning Players:
Jamaree Bouyea, Senior, Guard, 17.3 ppg
Khalil Shabazz, Junior, Guard, 15.0 ppg
Dzmitry Ryuny, Junior, Forward, 9.4 ppg
Julian Rishwain, Sophomore, Guard, 7.9 ppg
Josh Kunen, Sophomore, Forward, 5.1 ppg
Jonas Visser, Sophomore, Center, 2.2 ppg
Isaiah Hawthorne, RS Freshman, Forward, 1.9 ppg
Maj Dusanic, Freshman, Forward, 1.0 ppg
Justin Bieker, Freshman, Guard, 0.4 ppg
Key New Players:
Yauhen Massalski, Senior, Forward, Transfer from San Diego
Zane Meeks, Sophomore, Forward, Transfer from Nevada
Ndewedo Newbury, Freshman, Forward
Gabe Stefanini, Junior, Guard, Transfer from Columbia
Patrick Tape, Senior, Forward, Transfer from Duke
Jamaree Bouyea is the only returning senior on the roster. Last year he led the Dons with 17.3 points and 3.7 assists and shot 37.0 percent from beyond the arc. Bouyea is just one of many shooters on this team. USF ranked sixth in the nation with 10.4 three-pointers made per game. Khalil Shabazz and Dzmitry Ryuny were the most prolific outside shooters last season. Ryuny, a 6-9 forward, also led the squad with 5.5 rebounds. Josh Kunen is another solid rebounder and, like everybody on the team, is a threat to hit the long ball. Julian Rishwain transferred in from Boston College and had a solid debut season with the Dons, averaging 7.9 points per game. Speaking of transfers, Coach Todd Golden found a lot of immediate help in the frontcourt. Yauhen Massalski spent four seasons at San Diego, culminating with a 9.6 point, 8.3 rebounds and 2.2 block season in ten games last year. Zane Meeks averaged 9.0 points and 5.9 rebounds with Nevada in 2020-2021 and Patrick Tape saw limited action with Duke last year following a productive three-year stint at Columbia. Gabe Stefanini spent two seasons at Columbia and averaged 13.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 2018-2019, his last season playing with the Lions. This is suddenly a San Francisco team that has a lot of depth. It is not the most experienced group, but they should remain competitive in the WCC.
Projected Postseason Tournament: CBI/CIT
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 71.4 (164th in nation, 4th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 69.3 (141, 4)
Field-Goal Percentage: 42.8 (240, 7)
Field-Goal Defense: 45.2 (249, 8)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 10.4 (6, 1)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 34.1 (153, 3)
Free-Throw Percentage: 71.7 (145, 7)
Rebound Margin: -2.0 (249, 8)
Assists Per Game: 11.8 (263, 9)
Turnovers Per Game: 11.7 (68, 2)