SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara men's basketball opens the season on Friday when Prairie View A&M visits Leavey Center.
Tipoff between the Broncos and Panthers is set for 7 p.m.
In the season opener for both teams and in their first-ever meeting, Santa Clara will feature a new-look roster.
Guard KJ Feagin, and forwards Henrik Jadersten and Josip Vrankic are the only returning rotational players. Feagin, a three-year starter, is a two-time All-West Coast Conference selection who averaged 17.5 points per game (fifth in the league) and 4.0 assists pg (ninth in the league) in 2017-18. Jadersten has appeared in 84 career games and Vrankic was one of the more productive freshmen in the WCC during 2017-18, ranking third on the team in both scoring (10.4 ppg) and rebounding (4.6 pg).
Sophomore guard Tahj Eaddy is eligible this season after sitting out 2017-18. He transferred from Southeast Missouri last summer.
There are eight additions to the 2018-19 squad, including five true freshmen in Guglielmo Caruso (Naples, Italy), Juan Ducasse (Montevideo, Uruguay), Keshawn Justice (Madison, Wisconsin), Zeke Richards (Oak Park, California) and Trey Wertz (Charlotte, North Carolina). Fallou Ndoye, DJ Mitchell and Josh Martin are transfers. Ndoye (CSU Bakersfield) and Martin (Cal Poly) are graduate transfers with immediate eligibility. Mitchell played the last two seasons at Wake Forest and will sit out 2018-19.
FEAGIN EARNS PRESEASON ALL-WCC
KJ Feagin landed on the 2018-19 preseason All-West Coast Conference team. One of 10 players voted to the squad by the league's coaches, Feagin was a first team All-WCC selection last season when he started all 31 games, averaging 17.5 ppg (fifth in the WCC) and 4.0 assists pg (ninth in the WCC). He led the WCC in free-throw percentage (86.8), the sixth-best single-season mark in school history. Feagin earned second team All-WCC in 2016-17 and was on the all-freshman team one season earlier.
ABOUT PRAIRIE VIEW A&M
Last season, the Panthers finished 16-18, including 12-6 in the SWAC, which placed them tied for second. Prairie View A&M, led by third-year head coach Byron Smith, had a strong finish with wins in 11 of its final 14 games. Senior guard Gary Blackston led the SWAC in scoring at 19.2 points per game and earned second-team all-league honors. He is a 2018-19 preseason All-SWAC selection.
OUT OF ACTION
Juan Ducasse and Henrik Jadersten are both out of action with injuries. Ducasse will miss 2018-19 after having knee surgery in August. Jadersten suffered a stress fracture in his foot and is not available for action, though has begun practicing.
NEW STAFF MEMBERS
The Broncos have two new assistant coaches with Scott Garson and Ryan Madry joining the staff this spring. Garson spent the last five seasons as head coach at College of Idaho. Madry was at Seattle last season after six years as an assistant coach at UC Santa Barbara.
VIDEO | KJ Feagin and Josip Vrankic, a pair of returning starters, discuss the offseason, which included integrating 8 new players, and prepping for Friday's season opener against the @PVAMUPanthers. #StampedeAhead #WCCHoops pic.twitter.com/w1XAFUrDXY— Santa Clara Men's Basketball (@SantaClaraHoops) November 8, 2018
Anthony Passarelli (play-by-play) and John Stege (analyst) will call the action during the season on radio and through TheW.tv at home. All Broncos home games and West Coast Conference contests (not on an ESPN platform or BYUtv) will also be streamed through TheW.tv (local blackout restrictions apply for games broadcast over the air). This season at least 25 games will air on KDOW-AM 1220 or KTRB-AM 860 this season. View the 2018-19 schedule for broadcast outlets.
There are a number of ticket options for 2018-19, which features 17 homes, including nine during the nonconference portion of the slate. In addition to season tickets, single-game and game-plan packages are on sale. For questions, contact the Santa Clara Athletics ticket office at (408) 554-4660 or BroncoTickets@scu.edu.
FAN EXPERIENCE PACKAGES
Group-ticket options and Fan Experience Packages are available through the Santa Clara ticket office, which is open weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Contact Jesse Moreno, one of our sales and service consultants, at (408) 554-4628 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Parking is $10 in the main campus parking structure, which is located on Palm Drive through the main campus entrance (500 El Camino Drive). The Leavey Center parking lot, located on Accolti Way off El Camino Real, is reserved for season-ticket holders. Click here for a campus map and parking restrictions.