Countdown to Tip-Off: Fort Wayne Men

Countdown to Tip-Off: Fort Wayne Men

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FORT WAYNE MASTODONS

2012-13 REVIEW
Overall Record: 16-17
Summit League Record (Finish): 7-9 (5th)
Postseason: Advanced to Summit semifinal

2013-14 QUICK GLANCE
Head Coach (Season): Tony Jasick (3rd)
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 8/2
Starters Returning/Lost: 3/2

Men's Basketball Page | Schedule | Roster

Web Page: gomastodons.com
Twitter: @IPFWAthletics

COACH SPEAK
"Our team is a little bit different than some of the teams we have had in the past.  Obliviously, we have lost Frank Gaines to graduation, who I felt did a nice job over the last two years.  We have had a couple of guys sitting out this past season, redshirting, who will come in and add some depth and some strength on the inside, that maybe we haven't had in the past couple of years.  Luis Jacobo is our returning leading scorer, who I thought came on and did a good job down the stretch last year.  We're really looking to building off of some of the momentum that we gained at the end of the year last year and see if we can't string a nice year together. We're going to have to do a good job of growing as a team offensively without Frank. We really relied on him a bunch and I think our team is still getting used to playing without him.  The other thing that we're going to have to do a much better job of is we have to defend and rebound.  We have to make sure we come out and play really well on the defensive end." – Head coach Tony Jasick

KEY RETURNEES
F Luis Jacobo (11.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg, Summit League All-Newcomer team); F Michael Kibiloski (6.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg; G Pierre Bland (3.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg)

SUMMIT LEAGUE PRESEASON POLL
Position: 6th
All-League Selection: Luis Jacobo (2nd)

BLUE RIBBON COLLEGE BASKETBALL YEARBOOK
Forecast: 7th
Analysis Excerpts:  Tony Jasick is right to have some trepidation about how the loss of Frank Gaines will impact his team. But the Mastodons will be a deeper, more versatile group and should be able to overcome most of the lost production.

IPFW isn't ready yet for an assault on the Summit title, but the program is building slowly toward contention, and by adding pieces gradually and putting them together over time, Jasick will create a sturdy foundation that allows for future contention.

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OTHER PRESEASON PROJECTIONS
Athlon Sports: 6th
Lindy's Sports:
4th
NBC Sports Talk: 5th
Sporting News:
7th
USA Today:
6th

SEASON OUTLOOK
courtesy IPFW

The IPFW men's basketball team is poised to take its next step in 2013-14, after advancing to the Summit League Tournament Semifinals a season ago, as the squad returns four seniors and seven players who started at least two games last season for the 16-17 Mastodons.

Helping to improve the program's record for the third consecutive season will be a core group of seniors including Summit League Preseason Second Team selection guard/forward Luis Jacobo, forward Michael Kibiloski, point guard Pierre Bland, and guard Kevin Harden. Last season Jacobo finished second on the team averaging 11.4 points per game, while Kibiloski averaged 6.8. Harden – who missed the final 21 games of the year because of injury – averaged 6.3 points, as Bland averaged 3.0 points and 3.0 assists per game.

Jacobo (6-5/215) and Harden (6-2/180), along with juniors Joe Edwards (6-4/190) and Isaiah McCray (6-0/180) are the prime players to help replace the 19.8 points per game averaged by IPFW all-time leading scorer Frank Gaines. Edwards averaged 7.5 points a season ago, starting two times while McCray averaged 4.5 points per game, starting 15 times. Also looking to see time at the guard position is sophomore Herbert Graham (6-4/175) – who played in 12 games and averaged 3.3 points per game – and freshmen Will Dunn (6-2/185), Trevor Osborn (5-11/155), and Jared Bloom (6-0/175).

Leading the point guard position for a second consecutive year is Bland (6-2/215), who started 19 times a year ago, while McCray and freshman Mo Evans (5-11/170), also expect to see time handling the ball for IPFW.

In the post will be Kibiloski – who started 20 times and averaged 3.9 rebounds per game – and sophomore Joe Reed (6-7/205) who started 11 times, and averaged 4.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. Jacobo will also see time in the post, as will IPFW newcomers Steve Forbes (6-9/320) and Brent Calhoun (6-8/290).

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