Returners look to carry Wolves in upcoming season


Returners look to carry Wolves in upcoming season
Friday, November 10, 2017 | by Morganne Lander, Athletic Communications Assistant

NEWBERRY - Entering his eighth season with Newberry, head coach Dave Davis is looking to build on his success from last year. 

The Wolves were voted sixth in the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) preseason poll after finishing last season with an 18-11 record. The finish marked the fourth straight season Newberry ended with 18+ wins, and their sixth consecutive winning season under head coach Dave Davis. Highlights included an upset win over No. 23 Lincoln Memorial and a six-game win streak to cap the season.

Three-pointers were the Wolves' specialty with Newberry leading NCAA Division I and II in threes made with 14.2 per game.

Newberry is losing a pair of key players in Gerald Evans and Mason Spease. Evans left after scoring over 1,000 points and ranked second all-time in steals while Spease grew to become an asset in his four-year career at Newberry.

Despite losing Evans and Spease, Coach Davis sees depth in his team saying, "We have 12 players who are very similar in talent and competition and will hopefully drive us forward."

 

Eleven players will be returning to the team including seniors James Stepp, Xavier Hill, Rob Valentine, and Quaman Burton. Stepp led the team with 88 made three-pointers and broke Spease's record of eight three-pointers in a game with nine in a 22-point comeback at Lenoir-Rhyne.

Reigning SAC Freshman of the Year Marshall Lange will look to continue his success this season after averaging 12.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game. Lange was voted to the SAC preseason all-conference second team.

The Wolves added some fresh talent to the roster with freshman Max Miller, Joshua Bell, Olufemi Boko, Nick Dietrich, and CJ Wright.

"Miller has been impressive in the preseason, his toughness will make an immediate impact on the team," said Davis.

Injuries continue to plague the Wolves as they prepare for the upcoming season.

"Our preseason has been full of injuries so we have not had a practice or scrimmage with our team intact. We will have a better chance once we get our entire team healthy and practicing together."

Davis added Bernie Coaxum as an assistant coach and Jay Reid will be returning for a second season.

Newberry will begin its season on Friday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. against Erskine at Eleazer Arena.