Oct. 16, 2009
Baltimore, Md. - The 100th season of Loyola Men's Basketball got underway at 5 o'clock this afternoon with the first official practice of the tenure of sixth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos. With nine letterwinners returning from a year ago and the addition of three players, the 2009-2010 Greyhounds will look to erase the memories of last season's 12-20 record while continuing to build toward establishing itself as one of the premier programs in the MAAC.
Leading scorers Jamal Barney and Brett Harvey both return. Barney, a junior guard, led the conference in scoring (18.1 ppg) in his first season as a Greyhound and was an All-MAAC Second Team selection. Harvey, a senior guard, averaged nearly 12.5 points per game while leading the NCAA in free throw shooting percentage (.910). They are expected to be starters in the backcourt.
MAAC All-Rookie selection Anthony Winbush and 2008 MAAC Rookie of the Year Brian Rudolph both return as well. Winbush, a sophomore forward, found his scoring touch at the end of last season, averaging 14.5 points in the final two regular season games. Rudolph, a junior guard, led the team in minutes played a year ago (30.8) and assists (145), including a career-high 12 at Iona.
Seniors Jawaan Wright and Tony Lewis provide experienced backups at both the forward and guard positions. Wright has 49 career blocks - ninth all-time at Loyola - and Lewis exploded for 23 points with eight rebounds early in the season against Cornell.
Sophomore guard J'hared Hall started the final two games of the season last year and twice reached double figures in scoring while coming off the bench. Senior Garrett Kelly and sophomore Josh Wiegand saw limited action as walk-ons last season with Kelly earning a scholarship for this season.
After sitting out last season to establish his residency, sophomore Shane Walker will see his first action in a Greyhounds uniform following his transfer from the University of Maryland. It is expected that he will compete for one of the two starting forward spots. Joining him along the front line is Julius Brooks, one of two freshmen recruits, with the other being guard Robert Olson. The program's final new face is forward Erik Etherly, a transfer from Northeastern who will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2010-2011.
The Greyhounds will cap three weeks of preseason training with an exhibition contest against Division II Adelphi in Reitz Arena on Friday, November 6. One week later, the regular season begins when Loyola hosts Vermont at 7 o'clock. For ticket information, call 410-617-5013 or by clicking here.