Hampden-Sydney Basketball was picked 8th in the ODAC Preseason Poll on Thursday. The Tigers return 10 players from a season ago, including six juniors and seniors who all received significant playing time, but Hampden-Sydney's roster is filled to the brim with youth as four sophomores dot the roster along with 18 freshmen. H-SC will get their first chance to compete against outside competition on November 3 in an exhibition at Davidson and open the regular season at home vs. Averett on November 15.
Leading the returning student-athletes are senior post players Guilherme Guimaraes, Hunter Kuehn, and Nick Chase. Guimaraes played in 26 games with 15 starts a year ago as he averaged 7.8 points on 55.6% shooting to go with 5.0 rebounds. He psoted 30 points and 12 rebounds in a preseason exhibition against Longwood and scored 22 with eight boards vs. Messiah. Additionally, he posted a 16-point, 10-rebound double double vs. Washington and Lee. Kuehn saw action in 27 games with 10 starts. He shot 66.7% from the floor and was a valuable paint defender for the Tigers. He posted season highs of 12 points and eight rebounds at Shenandoah. Chase appeared in 21 games with 10 starts, averaging 5.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per contest. He twice scored a season-high 20 points, once at Averett and against vs. William Peace, making 11 of 13 free throws vs. WPU. He also contributed seven rebounds, five assists, and three steals against the Pacers.
The junior class is composed of Logan Samuels, Justin Reid, and Malik Crute. Samuels is back in the fold as the starting point guard after playing in all 27 games with 19 starts. He averaged 9.3 points per game while shooting 51% to go with 3.1 assists and 2.8 rebounds. Samuels recorded 20+ points in three consecutive contests in three December wins and also added on 17 in a win against Virginia Wesleyan. He dished a season-high 11 assists vs. Randolph. Reid saw action in 26 games while starting six as one of the Tigers top wing defenders. He scored a season high 10 points in wins over Shenandoah in the ODAC Tournament and vs. Randolph. Crute joined the team after the first semester as a transfer and made immediate dividends, playing in 16 games at 22.9 minutes per game. He averaged 8.0 points with 3.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.2 steals. In his first game as a Tiger, he posted 15 points, four rebounds, three assists, and four steals. He totalled 16 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two blocks, and one steal in a win at eventual ODAC Champions Guilford College.
Kevin Quinn was H-SC's top freshman scorer at 4.6 points an outing. He notched 14 vs. Trinity (TX) and added on 12 against Bridgewater College. With the loss of the Tigers top two shooters to graduation, Quinn is primed to step up his production in his second season. Chaise Johnson played in 23 at 14 minutes per and posted his strongest outings of the season near the end of the season. In the Tigers regular season finale, he scored 19 points with three rebounds and three assists. He also poured in 10 points against Washington and Lee. Jack Costigan saw the floor in 22 games with four starts, scoring a season-best seven points against Brockport State.