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Men's basketball starts practice for '12-13 season
Courtesy: Weber State  
Release: Tuesday 10/10/2012
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Scott Bamforth is one of seven returning Wildcats off last year's team.

    The Weber State men’s basketball team will begin practice for the 2012-13 season this Friday, Oct. 12.  Head coach Randy Rahe enters his seventh season with the Wildcats and Weber State returns seven players off last year’s squad.  Friday’s practice will begin at 5:00 p.m. at the Dee Events Center.
    Weber State will hold the annual Purple and White Scrimmage on Oct. 24 and WSU will play Western State in an exhibition game on Nov. 5.  The regular season begins Nov. 9 against Arizona Christian.
    “This is always an exciting time of year for us and we are anxious and looking forward to getting started,” Rahe said.  “I’m excited about the group we have coming back as well as the new players that have joined our program.  We have a great group of kids here and everyone is ready to get the season going.”
 
A look back
    Weber State is coming off one of the best seasons in schools history as the Wildcats finished with a 25-7 overall record and advanced to their fourth straight post-season tournament appearance.  Weber State finished second in the Big Sky regular season with a 14-2 record and advanced to the finals of the conference tournament.  WSU advanced to the collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament where they won a first round game.  Weber State has won 10 or more conference games for six straight seasons.
      The Wildcats lost three players off last year’s squad including Big Sky MVP and All-American Damian Lillard, who finished his career as one of the top players in Weber State and Big Sky history.  Lillard finished second in the nation in scoring last season and became the first player in Big Sky history to be named to an All-American team.  He leaves as
Weber State’s career leader in three-pointers and free throws made and is second in school history in career scoring and assists.  Lillard was selected as the sixth overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Portland Trailblazers. 
    Also gone off last year’s team are Kyle Bullinger and Darin Mahoney.  The three Wildcats combined to play in 343 career games with the Wildcats.  Mahoney’s 123 career games is the most by any player in Big Sky history.  

Coaching Staff
     Weber State head coach Randy Rahe returns for his seventh season as head coach of the Wildcats.  In six years Rahe has posted a career record of 120-68 at Weber State and is 74-22 in Big Sky Conference games.  He has won 20 or more games in four of his six seasons with the Wildcats and has also won three Big Sky Conference titles.
     Returning with Rahe on the coaching staff are Associate Head Coach Eric Duft, and assistant coach Phil Beckner.  New to the staff this season is assistant coach Keith BerardKadin Kirk was elevated as the Director of Basketball Operations after spending last season as video coordinator. 
 
Returning Wildcats
     The Wildcats return seven players off last year’s squad that won 25 games.  
 
Scott Bamforth (6-2, 190, Sr., G, Albuquerque, New Mexico)
     Bamforth returns for his senior season with the Wildcats.  He has earned All-Big Sky honors in each of his first two seasons at Weber State, including Second Team All-Conference honors last year.  Last season Bamforth started 31 games and averaged 14.5 points per game for the Wildcats while shooting 44 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point land and 88 percent from the free throw line. 
    In 2010-11 he earned First Team honors and was named Big Sky Newcomer of the Year for his performance.  He has played in 62 career games with the Wildcats and has a career average of 13.4 points per game. 

Frank Otis (6-6, 220, Sr., F, Oakland, CA)
    Frank “Mook” Otis returns for his senior season for the Wildcats after joining WSU before last season.  As a junior he played in 12 games and started seven games for the Wildcats while battling knee injuries.  In those 12 games Otis averaged 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.  He also shot a team-best 69 percent from the field.     
 
Byron Fulton (6-7, 235, Jr., F, Phoenix, Ariz.)
    Fulton returns for his junior season with the Wildcats.  As a sophomore last season he appeared in all 32 games and averaged 7.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.  He also shot 45 percent from the field and 43 percent from three-point range.  In 2010-11 he was named the Big Sky Freshman of the Year.  Fulton has played in 64 career games with the Wildcats, having never missed a game in his two seasons. 
 
Jordan Richardson (6-1, 185, Jr., G, Lewisville, Tex.)
    Jordan saw action in all 32 games for the Wildcats last season and returns for his junior season this year.  He averaged 4.2 points and 2.1 assists per game last season.  In his two year career he has not missed a game for the Wildcats and has seen action in 64 games, with 14 career starts. 
 
Kyle Tresnak (6-10, 255, Jr., C, Scottsdale, Ariz.)
    Tresnak returns for his junior season after earning All-Big Sky Honorable Mention honors as a sophomore last season.          He started in all 32 games last season and averaged 10 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.  He also shot 54 percent from the field during the season.  In 64 career games Tresnak has a career average of 6.8 points per game.   

James Hajek (6-10, 250, So., C, Omaha, NE)
    After red shirting one season Hajek played for the first time last season for the Wildcats.  He appeared in 15 games before suffering a season-ending knee injury.  In those 15 games he averaged 3.4 points and 2.1 rebounds per game, while shooting 53 percent from the field and 87 percent from the free throw line. 

Gelaun Wheelwright (6-1, 195, So., G., Corona, CA)
    Wheelwright played in 26 games for the Wildcats as a true freshman.  He was initially scheduled to redshirt the season but was called into action after injuries.  In his 26 games Wheelwright averaged 5.6 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.  He scored a career-high 19 points in WSU’s final game of the season at Loyola Marymount.  He scored in double figures in four games during the season and shot 40 percent from the field.  
 
    “We have a good group of returning players coming back and they are all great to coach,” Rahe said.  “We obviously lost some incredible players and leaders off last year’s squad so that will be a big change for us but we do have some players returning that have seen a lot of playing time and understand what needs to be done.   This is a chance for the returning group to step up and become leaders.”
 
Newcomers
    Weber State brings in nine new players on this year’s squad.  One of them, junior Davion Berry (6-4, 190, Jr. F, Oakland, CA), was in the program last year.  Berry transferred to Weber State in May 2011 from Cal State Monterrey Bay and sat out last season as a transfer.  Berry was a Division II All-American at Cal State Monterrey Bay and averaged 23.7 points per game as a sophomore.
    WSU welcomes three transfers to the program this season. Wayne Bradford (6-2, 185, So., G, Baltimore, MD) comes to WSU as a sophomore after playing last season at Sheridan Community College in Sheridan, WY.  Bradford averaged 11.2 points per game last season and led the entire nation of junior college in free throw percentage at 90.8 percent.  Royce Williams (6-5, 205, So., G/F, Los Angeles, CA) also comes to WSU as a sophomore after playing last season at New Mexico Military Institute where he averaged 11.8 points per game and shot 47 percent from the field.  The other JC transfer is Abdulsamad “Duce” Zaid (6-3, 205, G, Jr., Crenshaw, CA) who comes in as a junior after playing at Arizona Western and Barstow.  Zaid averaged 17.4 points per game at Barstow Community College last season.         
    Two players join WSU out of high school.  Joel Bolomboy (6-9, 215, Fr., F, Fort Worth, TX) is expected to contribute right away as a true freshman.  The other true freshman on the roster is Kyndahl Hill (6-7, 205, Fr., F, Humble, TX). 
    Also on the roster is Logan Foster (6-3, 180, G, Fr., Los Angeles, CA) who sat out last season as a red shirt.  Two other new additions are Jordan Rex (6-8, 230, Jr., F., St. George, UT)  and Kevin Sweat (6-0, 180, Fr., G, Los Altos, CA).

    “I’m looking forward to having this new group of players coming in and I’m excited to see what they can offer for us,” Rahe said.  “We need to get them to understand how hard they need to play and what they need to do.”
 
2011-12 Season Schedule
    WSU will open the season with an exhibition game against Western State on Nov. 5.  The regular season begins Nov. 9 against Arizona Christian.  Weber State will play four other non-conference home games when they host Utah Valley (Dec. 5), UC Irvine (Dec. 8), BYU (Dec. 15) and the University of the Southwest (Dec. 29).  The Wildcats will play non-conference road games at San Jose State (Nov. 15), Utah State (Nov. 24) and Dayton (Nov. 28).  Weber State will also compete on the road in the Sears Bracketbusters on Feb. 23 against an opponent to be named in January. 
    The Big Sky Conference will feature two new additions as the league welcomes North Dakota and Southern Utah as full members.  The 20-game conference schedule will begin Dec. 20 at Eastern Washington and conclude with the final conference game March 9 against Eastern Washington.  The Big Sky Tournament will be held March 14-16 at the site of the regular season champion and will include the top seven teams in the league standings. 


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