Men's Basketball Season Outlook

Ephs Celebrate
Ephs Celebrate

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- A successful 2016-2017 campaign saw Williams men's basketball go 23-9 and earn a trip to the program's record 8th DIII Final Four. Fourth year head coach Kevin App has 14 players back from last year's Final Four team, including nine that saw action in at least 27 games.

Headlining the list of returners is an experienced backcourt featuring four upperclassmen that have each started over 18 games.

Senior point guard Mike Greenman is the most experienced of the group. The 5-8 Greenman is NCAA Tournament tested, having started in two Final Fours already in his Eph career. He is the glue that holds the Eph team and attack together on the floor. Greenman can shoot the ball from three (35.7%), but his primary role is to run the offense and keep everyone involved. He led the Ephs in assists with 93 and had a 2.2 assist to turnover ratio. 

Senior shooting guard Cole Teal, who stands 6-4, became a consistent scoring threat as the season progressed, making 38.9% of his threes, averaging 9.7 points a game, and contributing 110 rebounds.

Bobby Casey '19

Junior guard Bobby Casey tied for third on the team in minutes played last season (27.4). The 6-3 Casey is both a scoring threat and an excellent facilitator, netting 8.5 points a game and registering 69 assists.

Senior guard Chris Galvin epitomizes the title of leader as he is a steady influence running the offense and is frequently inserted for defensive purposes.

"It's incredibly comforting having a seasoned backcourt," said App. "Cole, Chris, Mike and Bobby have all started throughout their careers, and each impact the team in different ways. They are our leaders on the court and have the full trust of our staff and their teammates." 

At the wing position, the Ephs feature a group of talented and versatile players that will help fill the void of the graduated, All-NESCAC performer, Dan Aronowitz.

The wing group is led by, junior forward Kyle Scadlock, who emerged last winter as a dynamic presence on both ends of the floor. The 6-7 Scadlock ended the season on an offensive roll with the addition of a solid three-point stroke. Scadlock scored on 53.6% of his field goal attempts and averaged 12.9 points a game. His 203 rebounds and 30 blocks were tops on the team. 

Junior forward James Heskett at 6-8 is a developing threat both inside and beyond the arc. Heskett delivered 7.2 points a night and 2.8 rebounds per contest and is poised for a breakout season. 

Senior captain, Adam Kroot, gives coach App another veteran presence that offers reliability and consistency at multiple positions. Similarly, sophomore Henry Feinberg also saw action last year, before an injury shortened his season, and provides the Ephs with an athletic scoring option.

"The wing position for us features a group of young men that continue to improve every time they are out on the court," noted App. "They offer our team versatility and athleticism on both ends of the floor, and are each looking forward to increased roles this season."

Kyle Scadlock '19

In the interior, junior forward Marcos Soto (6-8) has teamed up with classmate Michael Kempton to form a center tandem that allows the Ephs to have a large presence for all 40 minutes. Soto has shooting range to the 3-point line and averaged 5.4 points and 2.5 rebounds a game last year. He shot an outstanding 21 for 24 from the FT line, including the two biggest free throws of the season at Middlebury in an NCAA quarterfinal contest to clinch the Ephs' trip to the Final Four.

The 6-10 Kempton is fundamentally sound, standout interior defender. Kempton scored 3.8 points a game and collected 3.6 rebounds, while averaging 14.8 minutes.

Sophomore center Matt Karpowicz established himself last winter as an inside scorer with his 6-8, 250-pound frame. Karpowicz plays with high energy and possesses a strong inside game. He hit on 60% of his field goal attempts. Playing 7.8 minutes a game, Karpowicz tallied 4.2 points, and collected 2.8 rebounds per game.

Junior Jake Porath also adds depth at the forward position. Porath was one of the first names to be mentioned as a key factor in the team's growth and improvement last year.

"A major reason for our success is the continued development and physical presence of our forwards and centers," App stated. "They each bring a unique skill set that, combined with their size, makes us a balanced group. This season we look to highlight these guys more within our offense."

Along with the returning rotation players, the Ephs have several talented underclassmen that will push for bigger roles this season. Sophomores Mickey Babek and Vince Brookins, Jr. will look to take the next step after promising starts to their careers. Incoming freshmen Marc Taylor (6-8), Dan Kacmarek (6-8), and Mike Myers (6-3) also add to the collection of talent and size in Williamstown.

"Our young players are talented student-athletes and wonderful young men," App remarked. "They'll each have an opportunity to work into the rotation, and their skill, size, and the daily competition they provide will be a major reason for any success we have this year." 

This Eph team is Kevin App's most experienced and deepest squad since he arrived at Williams. The strength of the roster is its size (8 players stand 6-7 or taller) and its depth. With so many returning players from a Final Four team, and Street & Smith have ranked the Ephs third in their pre-season national polls. 

"We're just excited to get on the court together," App said. "External expectations don't change what we are all about and what our goals are internally. This team is simply trying to enjoy each day together and trying to reach their potential together."

The Ephs will open the season at home hosting Salem State at 6:00 p.m. on Nov. 17.

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