Williamstown, MA-The Williams Ephs enter the 2018-19 season with high expectations following a successful 2017-18 campaign in which the Ephs celebrated a NESCAC Championship and a trip to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament. Under fifth-year head coach Kevin App, the Ephs roll into this year following back-to-back 23-win seasons.
Headlining the list of the returners is an experienced group of upperclassmen that have made significant contributions over the years.
Senior Bobby Casey is a 6' 3" sharpshooting guard from Scranton, PA. Last season Casey averaged 15.9 PPG and was a First-Team All-NESCAC selection. His ability to drive to the hoop and stretch the court (42.9% 3PT) helps keep the offense flowing.
Another returning starter is 6' 8" senior forward James Heskett from Cincinnati, Ohio. Last season, Heskett averaged 19.3 PPG and 4.2 RPG en route to being named the NESCAC Player of the Year and an NABC Second-Team All-American.
Returning from injury for the Ephs this season is Kyle Scadlock, a 6' 7 pre-season All-American forward from Twinsburg, Ohio. Scadlock was limited to just 7 games last season but was averaging 18 PPG and 8.6 RPG before missing the remainder of the season. Scadlock, Casey and Heskett are all approaching 1,000 career points.
The remainder of the roster is filled with both upperclassmen and fresh faces ready to emerge.
"This year's team has a lot of size and length that will help us on the defensive end, while allowing us to do some things differently on offense," said Eph head coach Kevin App. "We have a lot of depth and versatility that we hope to maximize."
In the frontcourt, seniors Marcos Soto (Westlake Village, CA), Michael Kempton (Scottsdale, AZ) and Jake Porath (Calabasas, CA) bring size, leadership, and depth. Juniors Matt Karpowicz (Wellesley, MA) and Henry Feinberg (San Francisco, CA) were key contributors last season and are poised for breakout years. 6'8" sophomores, Dan Kacmerek (St. Louis, MO) and Marc Taylor (Chicago, IL) also provide coach App with versatile size.
In the backcourt, juniors Mickey Babek (Ranchos Palos Verdes, CA) and Vince Brookins Jr. (Twinsburg, OH) will look for their role to increase along with sophomore Mike Myers (Washington, D.C.).
"This group is excited to work towards our potential, try and defend our NESCAC championship, and look to make the NCAA field for the third straight year," App noted about the team's mentality coming into the season.
"The experience has shown already in practice," App added. "The amount of teaching and guiding the upperclassmen are providing the group has been amazing. The seniors have been through just about everything the last 3 years. We hope that experience allows us to feel comfortable in any situation that comes up this season."
"The expectations are high this year, and the team has embraced them," App said about this team's goals. "The hope is the combination of experience, youth and talent on this team will allow us to be a loose group and enjoy the season."
The Ephs have a strong schedule this winter with 9 of their 14 non-conference opponents having either won their conference or their conference tournament last season. The Ephs' first game of the season is on November 17th at 5pm against Salem State at home.