Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) men's basketball coaches picked Davenport to repeat as conference champion. The Panthers racked up 141 points and 10 of the 12 first place votes. In addition to the preseason poll, coaches picked Preseason All-Conference selections.
If anything, fans should expect a younger, faster style of play than in years past. Seven of the 11 Preseason All-Conference members are listed as true guards and only three are seniors. New to the conference are Lawrence Tech and Marygrove to give the WHAC 12 teams. Special thanks to school SIDs for submitting information and season outlooks used in this report. Preseason honors are listed at the bottom of the page.
Rank, School (1st Place Votes ), Points
1. Davenport (10) 141 pts.
2. Cornerstone (1) 121 pts.
3. Indiana Tech (1) 117 pts.
4. Madonna 112 pts.
5. Lourdes 93 pts.
6. Aquinas 91 pts.
7. Concordia 75 pts.
8. Siena Heights 60 pts.
9. Northwestern Ohio 40 pts.
10. Michigan-Dearborn 37 pts.
11. Marygrove 34 pts.
12. Lawrence Tech 15 pts.
#1 Davenport (32-5/16-2) - The Panthers topped the league last year and posted the best overall record in school history. DU's season ended in the semifinals at the NAIA National Championship Tournament. Conference Coach of the Year Burt Paddock (5th year, 104-32) will need to replace four seniors who started almost every game last season. The road is a tough one that features top programs like Indiana Wesleyan and Embry Riddle.
JaVontae Ford (6'3, Jr., G) - Appeared in 36 games last season, started 13...Second in team scoring (14.6 ppg)...School's all-time leader in 3PFGM (134)...Second Team All-WHAC (2012) ...WHAC All-Defensive Team (2011, 2012)... WHAC Player of the Week (2011)...WHAC All-Newcomer Team (2011)
DeArmond Davis (6'7, Jr. F) - Appeared in 23 games, started 17...Averaged 4.7 rebounds per game...Led team in FG% with 55.8%
#2 Cornerstone(19-13/11-5) - Kim Elders (20th year, 478-191) returns eight players from last season, including an Honorable Mention All-American, and five transfers who will make an immediate impact. The Golden Eagles lost in the second round of the NAIA National Championship Tournament after winning the whole thing two years ago.
Wes Hudson (6'1, Jr, G) - HM All-American (2012)...First Team All-WHAC (2012)...averaged 16.5 points per game...Ranked fifth in nation for FT% (.870)...WHAC Player of the Week (2012)
Derek Kingshott (6'5, Sr, F) - Averaged 8.0 ppg and 6.0 rebounds per game...Shot 58% from the field
#3 Indiana Tech (23-8/12-6) - Head coach Al Grushkin starts his third year at the helm after qualifing for the NAIA National Championship Tournament. Under Grushkin, the Warriors finished with the most wins since the 2004-05 campaign. Blessed with tremendous talent in the guard position and a handful of newbies will help fill the void left by WHAC Player of the Year Rodney Bartholomew.
Jordan Hickman (6'3, Sr., G) - Third Team All-WHAC (2012)...WHAC All-Newcomer Team (2012)...Averaged 9.8 ppg and 3.6 rpg...led team in 3-point field goals
Melvin Brooks (6'5, Sr., F) - WHAC All-Newcomer Team (2012)...Averaged 10.5 ppg and 2.6 rpg
#4 Madonna (18-13/12-6) - The Crusaders are coming off their second most successful season in program history and have six of their top seven scorers returning. With only one senior on the team, Noel Emenhiser (4th year, 33-68) will rely on a solid junior core for leadership.
Bobby Naubert (5'10, Jr., G) - Honorable Mention NAIA All-American (2012)...First Team All-WHAC (2012)...MU season single assist record holder (199)...Averaged 15.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game...WHAC Player of the Week (2012)
Travis Schuba (5'10, Jr., G) - Second Team All-WHAC (2012)...MU single season 3PFGM record holder (117)...Averaged 15.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg
#5 Lourdes (17-16/9-9) - The Gray Wolves played their way into the NAIA National Championship Tournament last year with a late-season run under Andre Smith (3rd year, 29-34).
Corey Harvey (6'5, Sr., F) - WHAC All-Newcomer Team (2012)...Averaged 12.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg
Remy Fleurima (5'8, Sr., G) - Averaged 5.4 points per game and 1.8 rebounds per game
#6 Aquinas (15-16/11-7) - Head coach Dave Hammer (10th year, 179-115) added nine new bodies to the mix in hopes of moving the Saints back into the top of the league. The newcomers show a great combination of size and athleticism. Look for Aquinas to again play tough defense and rely on a variety of scoring threats for the offense.
Zac Eddy (6'6, Sr., P) - Averaged 10.0 ppg and 4.4 rpg...Third Team All-WHAC (2012)
Brett Pfahler (6'3, Jr., G) - Averaged 8.7 points and 2.0 rebounds per game
#7 Concordia (15-17/9-9) - First year head coach Matt Dislereth inherits three returning starters and a pair of top newcomers.
John Schaeffer (5'11, Jr., G) - Averaged 13.5 points per game and shot 41% from behind the arc...Ranked 7th in the nation for 3PFGM...WHAC Player of the Week (2012)
Andrew Patrick (6'2, Jr., G) - Averaged 10.5 points and 4.6 assists per game...Shot 43% from the field...Ranked 16th in the nation for total assists
#8 Siena Heights (7-24/4-14) - Joe Pechota starts his first year at the helm after being in the business seven years and looks to bring a new philosophy to the program. A new coaching staff along with some new players will help.
Cecil Clark (6'4, Jr., F) - WHAC All-Newcomer Team (2012)...WHAC Player of the Week (2012)
Nick Packwood (6'5, Sr., F)
#9 Northwestern Ohio (7-23/2-16) - Head coach Chris Adams (7th year, 60-92) brought in 10 new players this year to support a couple key returners.
Johnny Elliott (6'0, Jr., G) - Averaged 11.0 points and 3.0 assist per game
Jon Slagle (6'2, So., G) - Averaged 3.0 points and 3.9 boards per game
#10 Michigan-Dearborn (3-27/2-16) - The Wolves begin their second season under the eyes of John Mackson and look to four returning starters for leadership.
Julius Porter (6'5, Sr., G) - Averaged 14.0 points per game...Ranked in the Top 10 in league steals
Jeff Fick (6'6, Fr., C) - Averaged 6.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game
#11 Marygrove (12-17) - The Mustangs make their first appearance in the conference as one of two new members. Head coach Dave Sichterman (81-139) brings eight years of experience to the WHAC and has an influx of new talent to balance out the roster.
Darryll Dixon (6'0, Jr., G) - Led team in scoring (15.7) and assists (3.5)
Justin Armstrong (6'3, Sr., G/F) - Averaged 5.5 points and shot 33% from the three-point arc
#12 Lawrence Tech (0-0) - Not only are the Blue Devils new to the league, they are new to basketball. Lawrence Tech will field a team for the first time in 48 years. Junior College transfers lead a cast of young and hungry freshman eager to make their mark for first-year head coach Tom Kempf.
|Jordan Hickman||Indiana Tech||Sr.||6'3||G/F|
|Cecil Clark||Siena Heights||So.||6'4||F|