#71 Yale Men's Basketball 2021-2022 Preview

Yale Bulldogs
2021-2022 Overall Rank: #71
Conference Rank: #1 Ivy
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The last time we saw Yale was early March of 2020. They had just won their second straight Ivy League title and were hoping to win the conference tournament and reach their second straight NCAA Tournament. Of course, the conference tournament and NCAA Tournament never happened. Now Coach James Jones will look to pick up where they left off despite losing three starters and sitting on the sidelines for a year and a half.
2020-21 Record: 0-0, 0-0
2020-21 Postseason: None
Coach: James Jones
Coach Record: 333-280 at Yale, 333-280 overall
Key Departed Players:
Paul Atkinson, Forward, 17.6 ppg
Jordan Bruner, Forward, 10.0 ppg
Eric Monroe, Guard, 7.2 ppg
Wyatt Yess, Forward, 2.6 ppg
Austin Williams, Forward, 1.7 ppg
Key Returning Players:
Azar Swain, Senior, Guard. 16.0 ppg
Matthue Cotton, Junior, Guard, 7.6 ppg
Jalen Gabbidon, Senior, Guard, 5.9 ppg
August Mahoney, Sophomore, Guard, 3.6 ppg
Michael Feinberg, Junior, Guard, 2.3 ppg
Jameel Alausa, Senior, Forward, 2.2 ppg
Eze Dike, Senior, Guard, 2.1 ppg
EJ Jarvis, Junior, Forward, 2.1 ppg
Isaiah Kelly, Junior, Forward, 1.6 ppg
Jake Lanford, Junior, Forward, 1.6 ppg
Key New Players:
John Poulakidas, Freshman, Guard
Emir Buyukhanliu, Freshman, Guard
Teo Rice, Freshman, Guard
Jack Molloy, Freshman, Forward
Luke Kolaja, Freshman, Forward
Matt Knowling, Sophomore, Forward
Yussif Basa-Ama, Freshman, Forward
Yassine Gharram, Freshman, Guard
Azar Swain will be the obviously leader of this team. In 2019-2020 the 6-0 senior averaged 16.0 points per game and knocked down 38.7 percent of his 240 attempts from beyond the arc. Matthue Cotton and Jalen Gabbidon are big 6-5 guards with plenty of experience. Cotton was mostly a shooter off the bench in 2019-2020 and averaged 7.6 points per game. Gabbidon has not been a huge scoring threat, but he will do a little bit of everything. With young players like August Mahoney gaining quality minutes, Yale should be in good shape in the backcourt. The key for this team will be in the frontcourt. Jameel Alausa, EJ Jarvis, Isaiah Kelly and Jake Lanford have all been around a few seasons, but none of them have played much of a role during their time at Yale. Alausa is the most experienced of the bunch and he averaged just 7.8 minutes per game in 24 contests during the 2019-2020 season. They will all get an opportunity to see much more playing time now. Two classes of freshmen, including four forwards, will all get opportunities as well. Power forwards Matt Knowling and Yussif Basa-Ama, both from the 2020 recruiting class, have the talent to make an impact right away. Ivy League schools do not often have to rely on freshmen, but Yale may have to do that in the frontcourt. If it works out as hoped, Yale will be right back to the top of the Ivy League.
Projected Postseason Tournament: NCAA
By the Numbers:
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