The Brandeis men's basketball team will look to return to the postseason for the sixth time in seven years in 2012-13 after posting a 13-12 record last season. Three of the five players who started in 10 or more games last season are back, as are six other players who also earned time in the starting lineup. Though coach Brian Meehan's squad will have to account for the departure of leading scorer Vytas Kriskus and top assist man Tyrone Hughes, three players who averaged double figures in scoring are back, as are three of their top four rebounders. Honorable-mention All-UAA forward Youri Dascy, a junior, tops the returners, averaging 10.7 points (21st in the UAA) and 6.8 rebounds per game (5th in UAA). Classmate Ben Bartoldus also averaged 10.7 ppg while connecting on 41.4 percent from 3-point range, while sharpshooting guard Derek Retos finished at 10.2 ppg and was seventh in Division III in 3-point shooting at 46.4%. As a team, the Judges trailed only conference mates Rochester from beyond the arc at 41.3%. Bartoldus is also the top returning assist man on the team, averaging 1.2 apg last season.
Senior Jay Freeman, who averaged a team-high 16.6 minutes per game off the bench, will look to fill in for Hughes at the point after scoring 6.8 ppg and dishing 0.8 apg, as will junior transfer Gabe Moton, who makes the short trip to Waltham from Chestnut Hill where he played at Boston College. Senior Anthony Trapasso (13.7 mpg, 3.3 ppg) will spend time filling Kriskus's shoes, while juniors Alex Stoyle (13.6 mpg, 4.3 ppg) and Alex Schmidt (12.8 mpg, 3.0 rpg) will add depth to the front court. Other freshmen expected to make a difference include guards Colby Smith and Ryne Williams and forward Kevin Trotman.
The Judges open their season Nov. 17 at Rhode Island College. You can click this link to follow the game online.