Posted: Nov 14, 2018
WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Colby College men's basketball team enters the 2018-19 season with seven returning players who averaged 5.7 points per game or more a year ago.
The Mules open the season with their own Colby Classic starting Friday at 7 p.m. against University of Maine at Presque Isle. University of Southern Maine and UMPI will play Saturday at 3 p.m., while Colby will face Southern Maine at 3 p.m. Sunday.
With four promising newcomers for head coach Damien Strahorn, the Mules will have depth this season after going 11-13 overall a year ago.
Junior guard Sam Jefferson (pictured, Newton, Mass.) earned Maine All-State Second Team honors last year after a fine season. He led the Mules and was eighth in the NESCAC in scoring (15.4) and made 3-point field goals (73). He shot 81.3 percent from the foul line, averaged 3.8 rebounds, and 1.9 assists.
Sophomore guards Wallace Tucker (Atlanta, Ga.) and Matt Hanna (Milford, Mass.) were key players right away last season. Tucker was second in scoring (12.4), second in assists (2.8), and led the team in steals (26). Hanna was third in scoring (11.0), led the Mules in assists (3.3), and was second in steals (23).
Junior Sean Gilmore (San Francisco, Calif.) and senior Steven Daley (Westwood, Mass.) will need to contribute on the forward line. Gilmore averaged 8.0 points and was third in the NESCAC in field goal percentage (61 percent), while Daley averaged 5.7 points and 4.5 rebounds a game. Junior forward Xavier Proctor (Palos Verdes Peninsula, Calif.) also returns for the Mules.
The Mules are never afraid to shoot 3-point shots in their fast-paced offense. Ethan Schlager (Washington, D.C.) was second on the team in made 3-point field goals (41) and Alex Dorion (Needham, Mass.) was first in 3-point percentage (39 percent, 37 made).
Junior point guard Ty Williams (North Branford, Conn.) averaged nearly two assists a game for the Mules, who also welcome back junior guard Ronan Schwarz (Brookline, Mass.). In his first season at Colby, Schwarz averaged six points a game and shot nearly 51 percent from the field. Schwarz, though, missed all of last season due to injury.
Strahorn expects first-years Andrew Amft-Reyes (Chicago, Ill.), Devin Davis (Wichita, Kansas), Sam Onche (Benue State, Nigeria), and Noah Tyson (Rutland, Vt.) to contribute right away. Tyson earned the Vermont Mr. Basketball honor last year, Davis was an all-state player in Kansas, the 6-foot-5 Onche blocked a lot of shots playing in California, and Amft-Reyes is 6-4 and played volleyball in high school as did Onche.