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.