AUSTINTOWN -- The Heidelberg University men's basketball team will look to improve upon their 2017-18 eighth place seed this campaign with a deep roster. Under head coach Andy Bucheit, in his sixth season, the Berg returns eleven players from their OAC Tournament qualifying squad from a year ago.
The Student Princes ended their season in the first round of the OAC Tournament last season in a 21 point loss at the hands of top-ranked John Carroll University. Four starters from that game, return in 2018 to lead the Student Princes even further.
With the departures of top contributors, Kieré Bennie and Chris Moxley, Senior Myron Prewitt will be back in a leadership role for the Berg. He will aim to wreak havoc on the front court after earning OAC Honorable Mention honors last season. He compiled 13.6 points per game, while hauling in 7.2 rebounds per game.
Fellow senior, Jimmy Hanley will hope to expand on his 7.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, and 1.8 assists per game last season in which he started all 26 games for the Berg. Junior Josh Dixon will look to see extended minutes on the floor this year, averaging 15.6 per game last season while contributing 4.0 points per contest.
Sophomore Alex Arellano will be returning to the floor this season after picking up a season-ending injury last year just five games into the campaign. Arellano was averaging 14.2 ppg before being sidelined.
Players returning to the Berg squad who will hope to build upon their contributions from a year ago will be Phariz Watkins, Bailey Croft, Davey Hipp, Connor Hutchison, Dylan Woods, Logan West-Holmes, and Tayte Lentz.
THE SCHEDULE: The Student Princes will tip off their season on November 12 for an exhibition match-up at NCAA D1 contender, Youngstown State University. The regular season gets rolling on November 17th, as Heidelberg travels to Chicago to face North Central. Just a week later, the men welcome Bluffton to Seiberling Gymnasium for their home opener. The OAC season will get under way on December 1st as Wilmington pays a visit to Tiffin. In all, the men will play 26 contests over the three month season.
IN THE POLLS: Heidelberg will look to return to the OAC tournament this season in an improved position. Berg was selected to finish seventh in 2018-19, ahead of Muskingum, Wilmington, and Otterbein. John Carroll and Marietta sit atop of the table, as JCU was narrowly selected to lead the conference with 79 points and seven first-place votes. Marietta was picked second with 75 points and three first-place votes.
ROSTER BREAKDOWN: Coach Andy Bucheit will begin the upcoming season with 26 bodies on his roster. By class -- 13 freshmen, seven sophomores, one junior, and five seniors. By hometown -- all 26 hail from the midwest as 22 guys are from Ohio and four are from Michigan.
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