Last season did not go as planned for the Kalamazoo College Men’s Basketball Team. They finished 7-18 overall after beginning the season with a 5-6 non-conference record.
As the new season approaches, Head Coach Eric Dougal and the team have put last season behind them and have their sights set on making the MIAA tournament, giving themselves the chance to play for a conference title.
One of the keys to finding success for the Hornets this season will be finding more consistency and production on the offensive end. The team finished last in the MIAA in points per game last season.
Fortunately, the Hornets return two of their top three scorers from a season ago in shooting guard Adam Dykema K’17 (12.1 points per game), center Josh Miller K’17 (7.9 points per game), and forward Chase Baysdell K’17 who averaged 8.1 points per game in his first year on campus before being sidelined due to injury for the majority of his sophomore campaign. Miller and Baysdell will give K a formidable front court with their size and skill on both ends of the court, while Dykema provides the complimentary deep threat, such as lead the team in three pointers last season.
The starting lineup will be rounded out by the team’s two seniors, Cam Schwartz K’16 and Mike Oravetz K’16.
Along with the experience of the upperclassmen in the starting lineup, the Hornets also welcome four first-years and two transfers. One of which is first-year wing Demarco Dickerson K’19. Dickerson led the Hornets in scoring with 14 points in this past weekend’s exhibition with Western Michigan.
These newcomers, as well as the other returners, will look to replace the seven graduated seniors from last season, which included Adam Peters K’15, who was second on the team in scoring and started all 23 games last season. Carl Ghafari K’15 also started all but two games when healthy and led the team in assists and steals.
With a deep roster including both experienced upperclassmen as well as promising young talent, the Hornets expect to be a strong contender this season in the MIAA.
You can catch the team in action this Saturday when they take on Oberlin College in the Anderson Athletic Center at 4:30 p.m.