Sept. 26, 2013
ROCHESTER, Mich. - The Oakland men's basketball team will begin team practice on Friday from 6-8 a.m., announced by head coach Greg Kampe. The Golden Grizzlies return four starters off last year's team that made their fifth consecutive NCAA postseason appearance.
Senior standouts Travis Bader and Duke Mondy return to the lineup for the Golden Grizzlies. Bader led the nation with a school and league record 139 3-pointers made last season and is 101 triples shy of becoming the all-time NCAA leader in that category. He has been named as the nation's top 3-point shooter by BleachreReport.com and mentioned as 1-of-12 collegiate players to watch in 2013-14 by ESPN.com.
Mondy led the country in steals per game (3.03) and was named Summit League Newcomer of the Year. He finished second in the league with 168 assists and posted a career-high six steals in four different games last season.
Junior Corey Petros also returns for the Grizzlies and will start at center. Petros has been a force on the offensive glass, leading The Summit League with 3.2 per game in 2012-13. He tallied seven double-doubles and ranked second in the league with 8.2 rebounds per game. Petros shot 57 percent (157-278) from the floor and scored 12.5 points per game.
Senior Ryan Bass is another explosive scorer for the Golden Grizzlies. He has 41 starts in 96 games played and scored a career-high 9.3 points per game last year. Bass has a pair of 20-point games and shot 35 percent (30-86) from 3-point range.
Also back for the Golden Grizzlies is junior Dante Williams, sophomores Mitch Baenziger and Lloyd Neely II. Williams made 33 starts in 65 games played and shot 56 percent (9-16) from beyond the arc over his final six games last season. Baenziger saw action in 13 games, while Neely competed in 20 contests, making two starts a season ago.
After sitting out last season due to the NCAA transfer rule, Ralph Hill and Tommie McCune will see action for the Grizzlies in 2013-14. Hill came to OU after playing two seasons at Dayton, while McCune played in 13 games at West Virginia in 2011-12 before transferring to Oakland.
Freshmen Nick Daniels, Kahlil Felder and Jalen Hayes join a talented group this season. All three garnered all-state accolades and Felder was named as the PSL MVP. Hayes earned Lansing Player of the Year honors by the Lansing State Journal, and Daniels finishes as Westland John Glenn's all-time leading scorer.
Recent publications have the Golden Grizzlies finishing in the middle of the Horizon League. Media Day will be hosted in Chicago on Oct. 16th, where the league preseason poll will be released.