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OAKLAND GOLDEN GRIZZLIES
Overall Record: 20-16
Summit League Record (Finish): 11-7 (3rd)
Postseason: Lost Summit Quarterfinal, Advanced to CIT Semifinal
2012-13 QUICK GLANCE
Head Coach (Season): Greg Kampe (29th)
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 8/4
Starters Returning/Lost: 4/1
Duke Mondy (at Providence, 2010-11)
- Played in 28 games, making four starts
- BIG EAST best 2.1 steals per game
- Averaged 7.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game
- Reached double-figures six times
- All-Summit League honorable mention
- Led The Summit League by making 3.4 treys per game, 3rd in the NCAA
- Made at least one 3-pointer in 65 of 71 career games, 20 straight to end the season
- Set single-game record with 10 3-pointers vs. South Dakota State (1/26)
- Shot 44% from behind the arc in last 11 games (68-for-153)
- Averaged 20 points per game over final 14 games
- Tied for the team lead with 4 double-doubles
- Grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds vs. Southern Utah (3/4) at league tourney
- Posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds at South Dakota (2/25) in the regular-season finale
- Scored 19 points, had 6 rebounds and 4 assists vs. IPFW (2/11)
- Named to The Summit League All-Newcomer Team
- Finished 2nd in league in rebounding (7.2) and T-3rd in double-doubles (4)
- Recorded a team-best 10 double-figure rebounding games
- Reached double-figure scoring in 13 games
SUMMIT LEAGUE PRESEASON POLL
All-League Selections: Travis Bader (1st), Drew Valentine (2nd)
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Analysis Excerpts: They got used to a certain standard of excellence at Oakland. But without superstar Keith Benson last season, the Golden Grizzlies couldn't make it to a third consecutive NCAA tournament.
Still, Greg Kampe's team wasn't an easy out. It won 20 games for the fourth year in a row. It made a deep run in the postseason, taking three games in CollegeInsider.com tournament before losing at Utah State. It beat Tennessee and Houston during the regular season and scared NCAA Sweet 16 team Ohio before losing by two.
"Any time you are as young as we were last year and you get to play that many postseason games, it's really a benefit," Kampe said. "We had some success. I think our guys felt good about themselves when it was over. When you play in win-or-go-home situations, I think it makes you better. It was a tremendous opportunity."
Kampe is looking forward to a team that, despite the loss of the nation's leading scorer Reggie Hamilton, should be improved.
"They want to get back to the NCAA tournament," Kampe said.
Kampe isn't worried about replacing Hamilton's 26 points per game.
"A lot of things are circumstantial in this game," Kampe said. "The year before, Reggie averaged 18 on a great team. Now, he's on a team with all those freshmen. He needed to score for us. He was a very efficient scorer. He had the ball in his hands all the time. As a coach that's not something you really want. Now, we've got everybody back but him."
Kampe's current team will have an experience edge on last season, when he used three freshmen and two sophomores extensively.
Kampe may have four starters returning, but the guy he wants to talk about first is a newcomer. Providence transfer Duke Mondy (7.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.2 apg, 2.1 spg, in 2010-11), a 6-4 junior, was a top defender for the Friars who led the Big East in steals his sophomore season. He takes over for Hamilton at point guard.
"He's got a chance to be the best played I've ever coached," Kampe said. "We're going to replace that great scorer with more of a playmaker, a defender, distributor, facilitator at guard."
Kampe isn't sure if his team will be able to average 80 points per game. But 6-5 junior guard Travis Bader (15.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg) provides a nice start.
"My guess is he's going to be the guy this year who gets us the 22," Kampe said.
Bader hit 40 percent of his 3-pointers last season, nailing 124, the second most in Summit history.
"I think he'll shoot 300 threes this year," Kampe said. "I want him to make 140, 150."
The No. 2 returning scorer is 6-5 forward Drew Valentine (11.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg). He is the team's only senior.
"Drew is your typical, blue-collar Detroit Pistons prototype," Kampe said.
"He's going to be on the floor. He's got the mouthpiece that is going to get knocked out. He's going to be bleeding when the game is over. He's undersized, but he will guard a 6-8 guy or a point guard. He's a lockdown defender."
The key to an improved season, Kampe said, depends on the development of 6-10, 233-pound sophomore center Corey Petros (8.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg).
"If we're going to be what we were two years ago, he is the key," Kampe said. "As a freshman, he started unbelievable. Then, he hit that wall. It went bad. The potential is there."
The fourth returning starter is 5-9 junior guard Ryan Bass (7.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg).
"Bass is a very athletic kid," Kampe said. "Our plan is to bring him off the bench. Remember when the Pistons had Vinnie Johnson? Vinnie got the ball and was told to score. That's what we're going to do with Bass, because he can score. He'll have games when he plays 30 to 35 minutes and he'll have games when he plays 10 to 15 minutes."
Even if it doesn't win the Summit, Oakland should again hit the 20-win mark and be a popular choice for the multiple postseason tournaments. Kampe's guys play an entertaining style and aren't afraid to mix it up against the better teams in the country.
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OTHER PRESEASON PROJECTIONS
Athlon Sports: 2nd
Lindy's Sports: 3rd
USA Today: 3rd
Yahoo! Sports: 3rd