New Coach, New League Bring Intrigue For Greyhounds

The 2013-2014 men's basketball season will bring a host of new things to Loyola University Maryland, as G.G. Smith takes the reigns of the program after spending the last six seasons as an assistant coach on the Greyhounds' bench. Smith, son of NCAA champion coach Tubby Smith, will guide Loyola during its transition to a new conference, as Loyola became an official member of the Patriot League on July 1, 2013.

Smith's team returns a core of veterans, led by senior guard Dylon Cormier. The Baltimore native was one of the top players in the Mid-Atlantic region last year and was an All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference First Team performer as he led the Greyhounds in scoring with 558 points, an average of 16.4 per game. An excellent on-ball defender, Cormier was also second in the MAAC in total steals with 62 a year ago.

Cormier is joined in the backcourt by another Baltimore product, junior point guard R.J. Williams. A dynamic ball-handler and passer, Williams averaged 4.0 assists per game last season, and his defensive spark was evident from his 1.6 steals per contest.

returning players

Dylon Cormier Dylon Cormier
Named to the All-MAAC First Team after leading the Greyhounds in scoring (16.4 points per game)... Played in 34 games and averaged 35.1 minutes per game, tops on the team... Scored his 1,000th career point on January 21 at Fairfield in the same game as teammate Erik Etherly also notched his 1,000th point... They were the first pair of Loyola teammates and first in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference to accomplish the feat in the same game... Enters his senior season with 1,213 points, a total good for 22nd all-time at Loyola.

R.J. Williams R.J. Williams
Played in 17 games, starting 12, as a sophomore for the Greyhounds... Averaged 4.9 points and 4.0 assists in 31.7 minutes per game... Finished the year with a 1.8:1 assist:turnover ratio... In the 17 games Williams played (versus the 18 to start the year that he did not), the Greyhounds averaged more points per game (+4.1, 69.0-64.9), shot better from the field (+3.3-percent, .448-.415) and 3-point range (+6.9-percent, .335-.266), averaged more assists (+2.8, 13.5-10.7) and steals (+0.7, 7.5, 6.8) per game, while committing fewer turnovers (-1.5, 11.2-12.7).

Jordan Latham Jordan Latham
Played in 32 games and made 16 starts in his third collegiate season, his second at Loyola... Averaged 4.1 points and 2.2 rebounds per game... Also blocked 37 shots, and his 1.2 blocks per game ranked fourth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference... Enters his senior season with 56 blocked shots, 11th in school career history... Scored six points on 3-of-4 from the field to go with a career-high six rebounds in the season-opener against Binghamton.

Franz Rassman Franz Rassman
Played in all but one game, at Niagara, during his first collegiate season, averaging 2.3 points in 8.3 minutes per game... Started six games... Made his collegiate debut with a rebound and a blocked shot in six minutes versus Binghamton (11/9)... Tallied eight points, nine rebounds, three blocked shots, an assist and a steal in 20 minutes of action versus UMBC (11/14)... The nine rebounds and three blocks were season-highs.


2012-13 stats

Team Statistics
SCORING 2341 2221
Points per game 66.9 63.5
Scoring margin +3.4 -
FIELD GOALS-ATT 826-1918 768-1856
Field goal pct .431 .414
3-POINT FG-ATT 147-492 164-547
3-point FG pct .299 .300
3-pt FG made per game 4.2 4.7
FREE THROWS-ATT 542-786 521-786
Free throw pct .690 .663
F-Throws made per game 15.5 14.9
REBOUNDS 1,209 1,189
Rebounds per game 34.5 34.0
Rebounding margin +0.6 -
ASSISTS 422 376
Assists per game 12.1 10.7
Turnovers per game 11.9 13.6
Turnover margin +1.7 -
Assist/turnover ratio 1.0 0.8
STEALS 250 184
Steals per game 7.1 5.3
BLOCKS 155 148
Blocks per game 4.4 4/2
ATTENDANCE 21,524 80,143
Home games-Avg/Game 16,1,345 15,3,751
Neutral site-Avg/Game - 4-5,971