2021 Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off Team Notes

2021 Rocket Mortgage Fort Myers Tip-Off Team Notes

August 5, 2021

Beach Division
Cal Bears
Head Coach: Mark Fox
2020-21 Record: 9-20
Notes: Head coach Mark Fox enters his third season with the program, and has averaged nearly 20 wins each year in his 16-year coaching career … the Bears boast 28 postseason appearances, including 19 NCAA Tournament appearances … Cal will return three of its top five scorers from last season, including second-leading scorer Andre Kelly (10.3 ppg), third-leading scorer Grant Anticevich (8.9) and Makale Foreman (7.2) … The Bears have also added transfer Jordan Shepherd, a 2019-20 All-Conference USA performer who averaged nearly 12 points per game last season.

Florida Gators
Head Coach: Mike White
2020-21 Record: 15-10
Notes: Head coach Mike White has recorded 123 victories in his first six seasons with the program, the second-most by any coach in Florida history in their first six years (Billy Donovan, 124) … Junior forward Colin Castleton, who was named a second-team All-SEC performer, averaged 12.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game a season ago … Added three transfers, Phlandrous Fleming (Charleston Southern), Myreon Jones (Penn State) and Brandon McKissic (UMKC), who led their respective programs in scoring last season, along with CJ Felder, who averaged nearly 10 points per game for Boston College last year.

Ohio State Buckeyes
Head Coach: Chris Holtmann
2020-21 Record: 21-10
Notes: Head coach Chris Holtmann has averaged nearly 22 victories each season through his first four years with the Buckeyes, and has won 20 or more games in each of his last eight seasons overall … The Buckeyes return nearly their entire roster, combining for 909 total games played, that earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament in 2021 … three the of the top five Ohio State scorers from last season return to the program, led by E.J. Liddell, who averaged 16.2 points per game … Justice Sueing, who was third on the Buckeyes with 10.7 points per game last year, transferred from Cal in 2019.

Seton Hall Pirates
Head Coach: Kevin Willard
2020-21 Record: 14-13
Notes: Head Coach Kevin Willard, the third-winningest coach in program history with 204 victories in 11 seasons, has coached six All-Americans in the last six seasons with Myles Powell (2020) and Sandro Mamukelashvili (2021) the two most recent honorees … The Pirates will return four of their top six scorers, including the team’s second and third-leading scorers in Jared Rhoden (14.9 points per game) and Myles Cale (11.6) … Three high-impact transfers will be part of the Seton Hall program this year, including Jamir Harris (American), Kadary Richmond (Syracuse) and Alexis Yetna (USF).

Palms Division Teams
Bowling Green Falcons
Head Coach: Michael Huger
2020-21 Record: 14-12
Notes: Head coach Michael Huger heads into his seventh season with his alma mater… Huger has led the Falcons to three straight years with an above .500 record for the first time since the 1999-02 seasons … Multiple returning Bowling Green players earned All-MAC honors last season, including Trey Diggs (Sixth Man of the Year), Daeqwon Plowden (Third Team), Josiah Fulcher (All-Freshman Team) and Kaden Metheny (All-Freshman Team) … Plowden (13.4 points per game), Diggs (11.5) and Metheny (10.2) were the team’s second, third and fourth-leading scorers, respectively, last season.

Milwaukee Panthers
Head Coach: Pat Baldwin
2020-21 Record: 10-12
Notes: Fifth-year head coach Pat Baldwin returns three of his top four leading scorers, including leader DeAndre Gholston (16.8 points per game), third-leading scorer Josh Thomas (12.5) and Tafari Simms (7.9 ppg) … the Panthers welcome one of the nation’s top recruits in Pat Baldwin Jr., the son of coach Pat Baldwin …. Four Panthers have family connections to the professional ranks, including the NBA with Vin Baker Jr. (father, Vin), Moses Bol (cousins Manute and Bol) and Devon Hancock (cousin, Sterling Brown) and the NFL and NHL with Markeith Browning (cousin, Devin Thomas, NFL; cousin, Jalen Chatfield, NHL).

Southern Utah Thunderbirds
Head Coach: Todd Simon
2020-21 Record: 20-4
Notes: Sixth-year head coach Todd Simon has helped the Thunderbirds improve their win total nearly every year since his arrival, going from six wins in 2016-17 to 20 wins and a conference title in 2020-21 … Southern Utah recorded its first 20-win season since 2000-01 … The Thunderbirds return four starters and their top six scorers from last season … Leading scorer Tevian Jones (16.9 ppg) was the first player in program history to be named first-team All-Conference a year ago … John Knight and Maizen Fausett were named second-team All-Conference and Dre Marin was an honorable mention selection.

Yale Bulldogs
Head Coach: James Jones
2019-20 Record*: 23-7 (did not compete last season)
Notes: Head coach James Jones is in his 23rd year with the Bulldogs and owns a 333-280 all-time record with the program, including four conference titles in the last six years … In the last six seasons, Yale owns a 63-21 mark in Ivy League play … Yale did not compete last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic … recorded a 23-7 record in 2020, winning the outright Ivy League conference championship … The Bulldogs are set to return a pair of starters from its 2019-20 squad, including second-leading scorer Azar Swain, who averaged 16.0 points per game, and Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year Jalen Gabbidon.