La Salle basketball gets the 2012-2013 season underway on November 10 in Philadelphia against Delaware. Expectations are for the Explorers to match last season's performance. They retain 77% of their player minutes from last season and hope to replace the rest with the output of four incoming freshmen.
The biggest gap for La Salle to fill will be on the defensive side, as the team lost 36.8% of their shot blocking. Following that is rebounding, where they lost 29.9% of last year's output.
Last season, La Salle put up a final overall record of 20-11 and were 5th in the A-10 with a conference record of 9-7. The Explorers went on to the A-10 tournament where they lost to Saint Louis, 78-71. La Salle lost last year's seniors Earl Pettis (31 minutes per game), Devon White (16 MPG), and Matt Sheehan (1 MPG).
The Explorers welcome back sophomore Sam Mills (10.6 points/game), junior Tyreek Duren (4.0 assists/game), senior Ramon Galloway (14.1 points/game), sophomore Jerrell Wright (1.1 blocked shots/game), and freshman D.J. Peterson (3.0 points/game).
The Explorers pick up incoming freshmen including 6-5 D.J. Peterson, 6-6 Rohan Brown, 6-0 O.J. Lewis, and 6-9 Jermaine Davis. Also coming aboard are 6-3 sophomore Khalid Lewis (transferred from Delaware) and 6-10 senior Garvin Hunt. The first A-10 game for La Salle is at Charlotte on January 9th.
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- Since 2002, La Salle has an overall winning percentage of 46.0%. The Explorers have been improving over the last 5 years with an overall winning percentage of 50.6%.
- The Explorers have an average conference finish of 8.0 over the last 5 seasons. Over the past 16 the team has an average finish of 6.3.
- The average final RPI (last year) of opponents on this year's schedule is 133.8.
- This year's opponent with the highest RPI from last year is Temple (#22).
- This year's opponent with the lowest RPI from last year is Hartford (#305).
- The last time La Salle returned more than 73% of the team's statistical production was 2007-2008.
, Devon White
, Matt Sheehan
, Sam Mills
, Tyreek Duren
, Ramon Galloway
, Jerrell Wright
, D.J. Peterson
, Rohan Brown
, O.J. Lewis
, Jermaine Davis
, Khalid Lewis
, Garvin Hunt