DOVER, Del. - Returning their core from last season's Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Tournament appearance, their 10th consecutive CAC Tournament, the Wesley College men's basketball team is looking to build upon the successes from last season.
The Wolverines are led in the guard position by 2016-17 CAC Rookie of the Year Brian Cameron and CAC Second Teamer JW Lawson. Cameron led the CAC in three-point percentage, knocking down 47.3 percent of his three-point attempts (44-93). Cameron also averaged 14.3 points per game on the season, good for seventh in the CAC. A 1,000-point scorer, Lawson led the team and finished fourth in the CAC in scoring, totaling 15.9 points per contest.
"I expect them to provide strong leadership on and off the floor," said head coach Dean Burrows. "JW and Brian bring a lot to the table on both sides of the ball. Both can score but also but can play defense very well."
In the interior, the Wolverines will be paced by senior forward Paul Clemons, who led the team and ranked fourth in the CAC in rebounding (8.0 rpg).
"Paul had seven double-doubles last year and came on very strong at the end of the year. He is a very versatile player who can do a lot of things for our team."
The Wolverines will also rely on underclassmen, transfers and freshmen to step up and make an impact on the team.
"We can be very deep this year in terms of returning talent. With the guys that we have coming back and some of the new faces, we can push everyone on the team to reach their full potential."
Before the CAC schedule, the Wolverines will have a tough non-conference slate, including facing off with the University of Delaware Blue Hens on Friday, Nov. 17.
"A game like that is always fun for our guys. It's not hard to look past Stockton (Wesley's opponent on Wednesday) but we focus on the task at hand every day. We work hard every day in practice to reach our goals and exceed our expectations."
The CAC Preseason Poll picked Wesley to finish sixth in the conference. Back-to-back defending champion Christopher Newport was picked to three-peat as champion while York, who knocked Wesley out of the playoffs a season ago, finished in the second spot of the poll.
Wesley opens the regular season on Wednesday when they travel to Galloway, N.J. to take on the Stockton Ospreys. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.