BABSON PARK, Mass.—Following a 2014-15 season that included New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season and tournament titles, and the program's first trip to the Division III Final Four, the Babson College men's basketball team enters the 2015-16 campaign looking to continue its regional and national success.
Head coach Stephen Brennan, who enters his 21st season at the helm, brings back 13 players from a squad that set a school record for victories and finished the year at 29-3 after falling to Augustana (Ill.) in the national semifinals. Despite the loss of three seniors, the Beavers return two-time NEWMAC Player of the year and preseason All-America selection Joey Flannery (Acton, Mass.).
The junior wing became just the second All-American in program history last winter, averaging 21.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists while shooting 48.6 percent from the floor. Flannery became the first sophomore in school history to surpass 1,000 points last February and finished second nationally with a Babson record 201 made free throws.
Joining him on the perimeter will be juniors Sam Bohmiller (Frankin, Mass.) and Matthew Droney (Canton, Mass.). Bohmiller made 28 starts, averaging 5.6 points and shooting 36.6 percent from three-point range, while Droney should see an expanded role after coming off the bench to contribute 2.9 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists last season after transferring from Stonehill.
Senior captain Travis Sheldon (Woodstock, N.Y.), junior Kyle Rodegher (Andover, Conn.) and sophomores John Moutopoulos (Glenmont, N.Y.), Chris Lowry (Union, Conn.), Nick Comenale (New York Mills, N.Y.), James Keating (Bellaire, Texas) and Brian Kelley (Potomac, Md.) will all look to make an impact in the backcourt. Sheldon has made 61 career appearances averaging 3.1 points and 1.5 rebounds, while Moutopolous saw action in 28 contests last winter, including five starts.
The Green and White will feature a new look frontcourt led by juniors Charlie Rice (Barnstable, Mass.) and David Stauffer (York, Pa.), and sophomore Bradley Jacks (Fort Washington, Md.). Jacks contributed 3.8 points and 2.8 boards in 32 games off the bench a year ago, while Rice chipped in with 1.7 points and 1.3 rebounds, and played key minutes during the Beavers NCAA Tournament run. A physical presence, Stauffer should see an expanded role after appearing in 23 games over the last two years.
In addition to its strong returning cast, Babson welcomes a pair of first-year players and one transfer that will look to make contributions right away.
"We are excited about our group and their work ethic," said Brennan. "We have a number of returning players that have taken on larger roles on and off the court. This year's team will focus on developing its own identity rather than allowing others to set expectations and goals. As is the case in any season, we will grow by accepting the challenges of a difficult non-conference schedule as we get prepared for conference play."
The Beavers, ranked 10th in the D3hoops.com preseason poll, will once again face one of the region's toughest schedules with a 14-game NEWMAC slate and six contests against teams that appeared in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The Green and White hosts Framingham State in the opening round of the Babson Invitational Tournament on Friday at 5 p.m.