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Stetson Hatters men's basketball 2018-19 season preview

Stetson 

2017-18 record: 12-20, 4-10 in the Atlantic Sun 

Head coach: Corey Williams 

Tenure at Stetson: 6th season 

Career coaching record: 51-108 

Home court: Edmunds Center 

Starters: G Kenny Aninye, G Christiaan Jones, G/F Leo Goodman, G/F Keith Matthews, F/C Abayomi Iyiola 

Bench: G Marques Sumner, F Ricardo Lynch, F Ricky Gouety, C Adam Webb 

Overview: It is almost definitely going to be a rebuilding year in DeLand, Fla. this season. Last season, despite winning just 12 games, the Hatters boasted a starting lineup composed of mostly seniors, as this year’s projected starters have a combined nine games of starting experience, eight of them by sophomore Abayomi Iyiola. Iyiola, a member of the Atlantic Sun’s All-Freshman squad, will need to carry the inexperienced team as the only returning player who saw an average of more than 15 minutes a night on the court a season ago. 

Stetson will surround Iyiola with a trio of shooters in senior Leo Goodman and sophomores Kenny Aninye and Christiaan Jones. The three guards each canned at least 35 percent of their respective three-point attempts and will need to up their shooting outputs—the trio combined for just 175 shots from beyond the arc last season, less than its leading 3-point shooter, Luke Doyle. 

With tough nonconference matchups at Southern California and Duke, the Hatters seem poised to be on the receiving end of a few blowouts this season. But if the team can take a step forward toward the middle of the Atlantic Sun this year, that would be considered a success in head coach Corey Williams’ sixth year on the bench. 

One thing that needs to go right: Iyiola blossoms into a go-to scorer in his second season, giving the team excitement heading into next season. 

One thing that could go wrong: Nobody takes a step forward, and the Hatters are left dumbfounded as they struggle to reach double-digit wins. 

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