Despite returning five players who appeared in all 25 games last season, the Kenyon College Lords will still be a young squad in 2011-12. Senior Anthony Chun and junior Marcus Healey are the only Lords with more than one year of experience and they'll be tasked with guiding a talented group of sophomores and a promising freshman class on the court.
Chun, a proven point guard, averaged 5.4 points and 2.9 assists per game while running the offense as a junior. Healey is Kenyon's lock-down defender and best threat from long range with his career .345 percentage (78-226) on three-pointers. Thanks to an 8.3 ppg scoring average one season ago, Healey is also the Lords' top returning scorer. He'll be counted on to help fill the void left by the graduation of Kodey Haddox, Uros Vasiljevik, and Evan McCulley, who combined to average 36.5 points per game and account for 55 percent of the team's offense last season.
The backcourt should be a real strength for Kenyon with sophomores Ikenna Nwadibia and Julian Pavlin back in the fold. Nwadibia is a slashing guard that can dish the ball or create high-percentage shots near the rim. Pavlin showed a sweet shooting stroke as a freshman by canning 20 of his 34 (.588) three-point attempts. The Lords brought in seven players in their recruiting class that can man the backcourt, so depth on the perimeter won't be a problem.
Sophomore Brian Lebowitz will give the Lords a dependable inside presence, but Kenyon will be short on experience in the post. Lebowtiz adjusted to the college game quickly and ended up starting the final 21 games of the season. In the process, he averaged 7.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game as a freshman. Sophomore Cameron Bell could see an increased role after playing in 19 games in 2010-11. Other than Lebowitz and Bell, though, the Lords will rely primarily on first-year contributors in the paint.
The youthful Kenyon squad will be tested early on with an exhibition game at Division I Wright State University on November 13th wrapping up the preseason schedule. The Lords then kick off their regular season two days later by hosting Muskingum University on November 15th.