Who and what to watch for when Seattle U begins its men's basketball season on Nov. 6 at Stanford.
SEATTLE UNIVERSITY MEN’S BASKETBALL
Coach: Jim Hayford, second year.
2016-17: 20-14 overall, 8-6 WAC (4th).
Starters returning: 1.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Matej Kavas, G, 6-8, R-Jr. – WAC Freshman of the Year winner two years ago and second-team all-conference pick last season. The Slovenian-born guard is an elite three-point shooter who shot 46.4 percent behind the arc and averaged team-high 15.2 points.
Myles Carter, F, 6-9, R-Jr. – Transfer from Seton Hall who sat out last season due to NCAA rules. Played in just 14 games (nine games as a freshman and five as a sophomore) while averaging 0.6 and 0.9 rebounds for the Pirates.
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Delante Jones, G, 6-5, R-Jr. – Transfer from American University who also sat out last season because of NCAA rules. The Chantilly, Va.-native was the Patriot League Rookie of the Year in 2015-16 while averaging 12.0 points and 3.6 rebounds as a freshman. Started all 30 games as a sophomore and averaged 11.5 points and 3.4 rebounds.
Hayford, who resurrected Eastern Washington during his six-year stint, continues retooling the roster for the second straight year. Kavas is one of just four returners on a team that lost three starters to graduation and saw four others transfer, including prominent 7-3 center Aaron Menzies who left for Saint Mary’s. Much will be expected from Carter, Jones and G Dashawn McDowell, a sophomore guard who played one year at Southern Methodist. It’s uncertain if any of the four incoming freshmen will make an immediate impact. The Redhawks averaged 76.1 points last season, a 9.0 increase from the previous season. SU also averaged 10 more three-pointers a game under Hayford. Four Pac-12 opponents (Washington, Washington State, Stanford and California) highlight the nonconference schedule. Seattle U will play the bulk of its home games on campus at the Redhawks Center because KeyArena is expected to begin a $700 million renovation.