COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University men's basketball team is getting ready to kick the 2016-17 season off this week against Olivet College. Setting the tone for the upcoming season is a varied mix of new faces and veteran leadership comprising the Cap men's basketball team.
The Crusaders return nine players from last season's roster. Headlining the group of seniors is Curt Geise (Delphos, Ohio). Last season, Geise finished with 7.8 points per game, leading the returning players. He finished the season shooting 47.5 percent from the field and 29.2 percent from behind the arch. Geise is the only player that has recorded at least 500 career points.
Sophomore Austin Schreck (Erlonger, Ky.) finished last season tied with Giese with 7.8 points per game. Schreck leads all returners, shooting 60.5 percent from the field and 27.8 percent from 3-point range. He finished his freshman campaign with 202 points. Schreck will also be a key contributor on the glass. Last season he averaged 4.9 rebounds per game, which leads all returners.
Tyrel Jackson (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Coffman) will add senior leadership and talent from behind the arch. Of the returners, Jackson finished fourth with a 28.8 percentage from long distance. He added 1.5 rebounds per game.
Sophomore Will Hannah (Milford, Ohio) adds a scoring presence, finishing last season shooting 29.4 from behind the arch and added a field goal percentage of 29.4. He is the second leading rebounder of the returners with an average of 3.1 rebounds per game.
Sophomore Joey Weingartner (Centerville, Ohio) returns after finishing the 2015-16 campaign with a 3-point percentage of 46.2, which led the team.
Other returners include junior Brennan Czuchran (Rayland, Ohio), sophomore Gavin Wildermuth (Botkins, Ohio), sophomore Caleb Cox (Cincinnati, Ohio), sophomore Courtney Mays (Cleveland, Ohio), and redshirt freshman Matt Mullins (Independence, Ky.).
Capital welcomes eight newcomers to this year's team, seven freshmen Cap and one sophomore transfer. Cap has added good size through its freshman class with the additions of Strongsville, Ohio product Tyler Jamison and Columbus native Nate Boone (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Watterson). Both are favorites to get serious playing time in the post early this season, if not find themselves into a starting role.
According to the OAC's annual preseason coaches' poll, the Crusaders have been picked to finish
seventh out of 10 teams. The Crusaders welcome back Head Coach Damon Goodwin after taking last season to battle an illness. His presence will certainly be welcomed back for Cap's first contest and its home opener against Olivet College on Tuesday, Nov. 15.
Cap then takes to the road for a four game stretch, before returning to the Capital Center for the home portion of the NCAC/OAC Challenge against Wittenberg University on Nov. 29.