Countdown to Tip-Off: Fort Wayne Men

Countdown to Tip-Off: Fort Wayne Men

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FORT WAYNE MASTODONS

 

 


2011-12 REVIEW

Overall Record: 11-19
Summit League Record (Finish): 5-13 (t-8th)
Postseason: Lost in Summit Quarterfinal

2012-13 QUICK GLANCE
Head Coach (Season): Tony Jasick (2nd)
Letterwinners Returning/Lost:
7/7
Starters Returning/Lost: 1/4
Key Returnees:

Frank Gaines

  • Finished ninth in the country last season in scoring, averaging 21.1 points per game
  • Named Second Team All-District last season by the NABC
  • Finished last year with the second-highest single-season point total in school history (609), and stands seventh in career scoring in school history as well (1,183).

Mario Hines

  • Scored a career-high 20 points on January 14 against Oakland, making 8-of-9 shots from the field
  • Reached double-figure scoring seven times on the year
  • Led the team in blocked shots (20), and had the third-highest rebounding total (131)

Michael Kibiloski

  • Hit for a season-high 13 points at Xavier last season
  • Reached double-figure scoring five times
  • Hit at least two three-point baskets in six games

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SUMMIT LEAGUE PRESEASON POLL

Position: 6th
All-League Selections: Frank Gaines (1st)

BLUE RIBBON COLLEGE BASKETBALL YEARBOOK
Forecast:
5th
Analysis Excerpts: "Jasick believes that even though the only starter the Mastodons return is Gaines thanks to the graduation of McCorkle, forward John Peckinpaugh and guard Antwaun Boyd and the transfer of point guard Jonny Marlin, who will walk on at Indiana. Jasick brought in seven newcomers, however, including four junior college transfers, to bring instant experience and scoring to the roster."

"Of course, the offense will still revolve around Gaines, who was named All-Summit League first team after responding to Jasick's prodding for him to learn how to take over a game when needed. This season, Jasick is looking for Gaines to continue on the path to being a more selective shooter after being too much of a volume shooter early in last season. Gaines shot a healthy 44.5 percent from the field, but he did attempt 465 field goals—207 more than anyone else on the team—including 142 3-pointers. This year Jasick wants the offense to work to get Gaines better shots and Gaines to see what the defense gives him."

But if the newcomers add the depth and scoring possibilities Jasick hope they will, the Mastodons should at least be better equipped to handle that talent level than they were a year ago. Gaines could make a run for Summit League Player of the Year honors and might be able to do that without carrying the workload exclusively as he did a year ago.

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OTHER PRESEASON PROJECTIONS
Athlon Sports: 5th
CBSSports.com: 5th
Lindy's Sports: 6th
USA Today: 5th
Yahoo! Sports: 5th

SEASON OUTLOOK
Courtesy IPFW Sports Information

Fort Wayne second-year head coach Tony Jasick returns seven letterwinners from last season's team – including All-Summit League First Team honoree Frank Gaines – and brings in a strong class of newcomers to help ease the pains of losing four starters from last season's squad.

Returning for the Mastodons is Gaines, who last season finished ninth in the country in scoring, averaging 21.2 points per game. He ended his season strong, reaching 26 or more points in each of his last eight games of the year. Also back for Fort Wayne is forwards Mario Hines and Michael Kibiloski, and guards Isaiah McCray and Joe Edwards.

GUARDS

Back at guard for Fort Wayne is a quartet of players, including Gaines, who also led the team in rebounding and steals while his 18 blocks were the second-most on the team.  Four times he scored 30 points, while scoring at least 20 points 19 times.

Also back are sophomores Isaiah McCray, Joe Edwards, and Michael Onuorah in addition to junior college transfers Pierre Bland and Kevin Harden, redshirt freshman Herbert Graham, and true freshman Will Dunn.

McCray and Bland will battle for the point guard spot. Last season McCray averaged 2.5 points per game coming off of the bench in all 25 games, picking up 17 steals and pulling down 57 rebounds. A year ago Bland averaged 12.1 points and 4.2 assists at Florida State College at Jacksonville.

Edwards, a 6-4 swing-guard, averaged 4.2 points last year, including scoring a season-high 12 at Purdue. He shot 34.3 percent (12-of-35) from long range, and made 42-of-88 (47.7 percent) from the field. He pulled down 44 total rebounds, while picking up 13 steals. Onuorah played in three games, scoring two points and grabbing a rebound in a reserve role.

Graham averaged 25.5 points per game two years ago as a senior in high school, while adding 6.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. The 6-4 North Miami Beach, Florida native was named honorable mention All-Broward County, and was the leading scorer in the tri-county area (Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties).

Last year Harden, a 6-2 guard, put up 13.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game and was named a NJCAA All-America Honorable Mention selection. He was the Mid-Florida Conference Player of the Year, shooting 47 percent from the floor and 33 percent from long range. Dunn, a 6-2 guard from Edina, Minnesota, was the sixth-rated recruit out of Minnesota last year.

FORWARDS

Returning on the inside for Fort Wayne is senior Mario Hines and junior Michael Kibiloski. The team also welcomes a group of newcomers that includes junior college transfers Luis Jacobo and Steve Forbes and freshmen Joe Reed and Brent Calhoun.

Hines, at 6-8, averaged 7.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game last year, leading the team with 20 blocked shots. He scored a season-high 20 points against Oakland on January 14, hitting 8-of-9 shots from the field.

Kibiloski reached double-figure scoring five times during the season, including a season-high 13 at Xavier on November 15. He averaged 5.2 points and 2.2 rebounds per game last year, while dishing out 17 assists.

Jacobo is new to the squad after playing last season at the College of Central Florida, before spending his freshman year at Stetson. While with the Hatters, the 6-5 forward averaged just over nine points and four rebounds per game, starting in 27 of the team's 31 games, and hitting for 28 points and 11 rebounds against Jacksonville in the season finale.

Also new to the Mastodons via Stetson is 6-9 forward Steve Forbes, who spent last season at Brevard College. At Stetson he averaged 7.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, starting 20 times and shooting over 53 percent from the field. Joe Reed, a 6-7 freshman, was named an All-State Honorable Mention selection last year, averaging 21.1 points and over 10 rebounds per game with the Center Grove Trojans. Calhoun, a 6-8 first-year player, pulled down 126 rebounds and blocked 32 shots last season, helping his Warren Central squad to a 14-7 overall record.