After making their first trip to the NAIA Division II National Tournament in program history, Lourdes University looks to continue to show the improvement that has been a key component of the Gray Wolves' first two seasons.
Third year head coach Andre Smith returns 10 players that saw varsity action one year ago, and looks to help guide the Gray Wolves up the standings in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference. Lourdes finished last year 17-16 overall and 9-9 in the WHAC, tying for sixth place in the conference ledger. This year the Gray Wolves have been tabbed fifth in the preseason poll conducted of the league's head coaches.
Corey Harvey was named to the Preseason All-WHAC Team after being named to the WHAC's All-Newcomer Team one year ago. The senior averaged 12.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game in his first season with the Gray Wolves after starting a team-leading 32 games.
Remy Fleurima and Elvin Butler are the only two other Gray Wolves with significant starting experience from last year's squad. Fleurima averaged 5.4 points and handed out a team-high 56 assists for Lourdes while making 27 starts. Butler played in all 33 contests, like Harvey, and started 10 times, averaging 4.8 points per game.
Kedsede Desamour, Ken Smith, and Jake DuPree all saw action last year as well and will be called upon for even more significant contributions this season.
Enique Mason transferred to Lourdes from NCAA Division I Texas Pan-American where he started 14 games and the Gray Wolves will look for him to make an immediate impact in the post. Three other transfers, Ron Dukes, Alex Davis, and Tigana Cain also will play key roles for the Gray Wolves.
Rich Davis will return to the floor this season, his first playing for the Gray Wolves, after sitting out 2011-2012 with an injury. Dorel Sutherland also sat out as a redshirt last year, but the Toronto, Ont. native will look to help Lourdes in his final season of collegiate basketball.
Lourdes will tip off the regular season on Nov. 2 in the opening round of the Trent Allen Memorial Tip-off Tournament hosted by Spring Arbor. The Gray Wolves will face the University of Windsor in game one before battling either the host Cougars or Lawrence Tech one night later.
With the returnees to the lineup from last year's squad, Lourdes will look for yet another successful season on the hardwood. A return trip to the nation tournament, however, will depend on how well the newcomers blend with the returnees. As the Gray Wolves showed last season, they will battle until the final horn every night.