Coming off a record-setting 30 wins last season, the Weber State men’s basketball team will begin practice for the 2013-14 season on Friday, Oct. 11. Head coach Randy Rahe enters his eighth season with the Wildcats and Weber State returns seven players off last year’s squad.
Weber State will hold the annual Purple and White Scrimmage on Wed., Oct. 23. The ‘Cats will play an exhibition game on Saturday, Nov. 2 against Adams State. The regular season will begin Nov. 8 at BYU.
A look back
Weber State is coming off one of the most memorable seasons in school and Big Sky history. The Wildcats set a school and conference record by posting 30 wins, finishing the year 30-7. WSU advanced to the championship game of the Collegeinsider.com Tournament, becoming the first team in Big Sky history to reach the championship game of a national postseason tournament.
The Wildcats finished second in the Big Sky standings, posting an 18-2 record in league play, and advanced to the Big Sky Championship game for the third time in the last four years. WSU has won 10 or more conference games for seven straight seasons, a Big Sky record.
Weber State finished the season first in the country in field goal percentage and first in three-point field goal percentage. The ‘Cats were also second in the nation in three-point field goal percentage defense and finished the top 10 in the nation in six statistical categories.
WSU won a school record 17 home games and posted the best season attendance average in 17 years.
Weber State lost three letterwinners off last year’s squad, led by seniors Scott Bamforth and Frank Otis. Bamforth finished his career as WSU’s all-time leader in career three-pointers and ranks 11th in scoring in school history. He was named to the WSU 50th Anniversary Team.
Weber State head coach Randy Rahe returns for his eighth season as head coach of the Wildcats. In seven years he has led WSU to three Big Sky Championships and six post-season tournament appearances. He has also been named Big Sky Coach of the Year three times and has coached four Big Sky MVP’s, including All-American Damian Lillard, the 2013 NBA Rookie of the Year.
Rahe has a career record of 150-75 (.667) overall at Weber State and is 92-24 (.793) in Big Sky Conference games. He has led the Wildcats to 20 or more wins in five of seven seasons with the team and has won 25 or more games in each of the past two seasons, including a Big Sky record 30 wins in 2012-13. He is currently fifth in Big Sky history for career conference coaching wins and needs just three more wins to move into fourth place.
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 Kellen McCoy. McCoy is a former standout player at Weber State and was named the 2009 Big Sky MVP. He was also named to the Weber State 50th Anniversary Team.
Garrett Lever was elevated as the Director of Basketball Operations after spending last season as video coordinator.
The Wildcats return seven letterwinners off last year’s squad that won 30 games. A total of 63 percent of the scoring off last year’s team is returning this year. WSU has four seniors returning that have combined to play in 438 career games at Weber State.
Davion Berry (6-4, 185, G/F, Senior, Oakland, Calif.)
Davion Berry returns for his senior season with the Wildcats after an outstanding junior year. Berry earned All-District First Team honors as well as Big Sky All-Conference First team honors last year and was named the Big Sky Newcomer of the Year. The Oakland, Calif., native led the Wildcats in scoring, assists, steals and assist to turnover ratio this season. He finished the year fifth in the Big Sky in scoring at 15.2 points per game. He was also fifth in assist to turnover ratio, sixth in the conference in assists, eighth in three-point field goal percentage and eighth in three-pointers per game. Berry scored in double figures 27 times in 37 games this season. He has scored 564 points this season which ranks as the 15th most in WSU single-season history.
Kyle Tresnak (6-10, 240, Center, Senior, Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Kyle Tresnak returns for his fourth season at Weber State. Last year he was named to the Big Sky All-Conference second team after a terrific year for the Wildcats. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native played in 36 of 37 games this season and averaged 11.8 points and 5.5 rebounds a game. He finished the season fourth in the Big Sky in field goal percentage at 57 percent. Tresnak scored in double figures 21 times this season and scored 20 or more points six times. He also finished sixth in the Big Sky in blocks at 1.2 per game, totaling 43 blocks on the season, the seventh most in WSU single-season history.
In three seasons with the Wildcats Tresnak has played in 100 career games and has started in 68 games. He has 858 points for his career, leaving him just 142 points away from becoming the 28th player in WSU history to reach 1,000 career points. Tresnak was also named to the All-Tournament team of the CIT.
Jordan Richardson (6-1, 180, Guard, Senior, Lewisville, Tex.)
Jordan returns for his fourth season with the Wildcats. He started all 37 games for WSU last year and averaged 7.2 points per game. He scored in double figures seven times during the season and averaged 2.8 assists per game.
He has played in 101 career games for the Wildcats, averaging 5.0 points and 2.2 assists per game. He has not missed a game in his career the last three seasons.
Joel Bolomboy (6-9, 225, Forward, Sophomore, Fort Worth, Texas)
Bolomboy returns for his sophomore season after a breakout freshman campaign. He played in all 37 games for the Wildcats and finished the season averaging 7.0 points and 7.1 rebounds a game, finishing third in the Big Sky in rebounding. He scored in double figures in 11 games this season and had double figures in rebounding nine times. He tied for the WSU lead with four double-doubles during the season.
Bolomboy also recorded 62 blocks on the year, finishing third in the conference in blocks at 1.7 per game. The 62 blocks ranks as the third most in a season in Weber State single-season history. He shot 50 percent from the field on the year.
Royce Williams (6-5, 195, G/F, Junior, Los Angeles, Calif.)
Royce played in 33 games for the Wildcats last season, his first year at Weber State, and returns for his junior year this season. He averaged 2.5 points per game and shot 50 percent from the field and from the three-point line.
James Hajek (6-10, 250, Center, Junior, Omaha, Neb.)
James will be a junior with the Wildcats this season. He averaged 2.1 points and 2.2 rebounds on the year and shot 44.6 percent from the field. He also recorded 18 blocks on the year. Hajek has played in 49 career games at Weber State.
Byron Fulton (6-7, 235, Forward, Senior, Phoenix, Ariz.)
Byron returns for his fourth season at Weber State. He saw action in 17 games for the Wildcats last season and averaged 1.9 points and 1.3 rebounds per game. He has played in 81 career games at WSU and has a career scoring average of 6.0 points and 3.3 rebounds per game and is a career 44 percent shooter from three-point range.
Weber State brings in eight new players on this year’s squad. One of them, Kyndahl Hill, was in the program last year. Hill, a 6-7 forward from Humble, Tex., sat out last season as a redshirt freshman.
WSU has one other redshirt freshman joining the team. Josh Fuller, a 6-6 forward from Rexburg, Idaho, joins the Wildcat program after serving a two-year LDS Church mission to Chile. Fuller sat out the 2010-11 season as a redshirt freshman at the University of Utah, prior to leaving on his mission. He transferred to Weber State in November 2012.
The ‘Cats will have six true freshman on the roster this season. Two players, Richaud Gittens and Jeremy Senglin, signed with the Wildcats last November. Gittens is a 6-4 guard from Tempe, Ariz., and comes to Weber State as one of the top high school players in Arizona.
Jeremy Senglin is a 6-2 guard from Arlington, Texas who has been rated as one of the top guards in the Dallas area. He played on the same AAU team as current Wildcat sophomore Joel Bolomboy.
Also joining WSU as freshmen this season are Brady Borklund (6-8, Forward, Ogden, Utah), J.C. Kennedy (6-4, G/F, Nampa, Idaho), Aziz Leeks (6-7, Forward, Las Vegas, Nev.) and Christian McDonald (6-4, Forward, Lake Oswego, Ore.).
2013-14 Season Schedule
WSU will open the season with the annual Purple and White game on Oct. 23. The ‘Cats will also play an exhibition game on Saturday, Nov. 2 against Adams State.
The regular season will begin Nov. 8 in Provo when the ‘Cats take on BYU. They will then face another tough road game at Colorado State on Nov. 16. The preseason road schedule will also include games at UT Arlington (Dec. 7), Utah Valley (Dec. 11) and UCLA (Dec. 22).
The home opener will be Tuesday, Nov. 26 against Utah State. WSU will also play San Jose State, Saint Katherine College and Northern New Mexico in home non-conference games.
The 20-game Big Sky Conference schedule will begin Jan. 2 at home against Eastern Washington. WSU will play six of the first eight conference games at the Dee Events Center, and face six of the last eight games on the road. The conference schedule will conclude March 8 at Eastern Washington.
The Big Sky Tournament will be held March 13-15 at the site of the regular season champion and will include the top seven teams in the league standings.