2025-2026 Season Kicks Off!
It’s mid-November and we’re ready for our season opener. Here’s a little about each of our players:
Chris Smith, 6-1 Senior from Palmyra, NE—Chris has started 72 of the 85 games he’s played for us in his first 3 years. He’s really improved his court generalship and is an excellent passer. Even though his mpg were cut down last season since he and Matt Conley were sharing the PG duties, his apg increased significantly. He’s a pretty good 3-point shooter and an excellent free throw shooter and he scores well, although he’s not a consistent good scorer. He’s a good defender with excellent stealing and blocking skills. Chris has a good personality and on-the-court discipline and intelligence that make him a cornerstone of the team.
Matt Conley, 6-2 Junior from Belcourt, ND—Matt played his freshman year for Oklahoma and then transferred here. Last season he split the PG time with Chris Smith. He’s a good scorer who shoots very well from inside the arc. He has strong passing skills. Like Smith he’s a very good ball hawk and also a good shot blocker. He and Smith are pretty much interchangeable so that allows us to keep fresh legs on the court at the 1 position. Matt has also played a little at the 2 position, particularly after Kenton Dunn was injured last season. Matt is extremely durable which means we can rely on his being both willing and able to be there when we need him.
Justin Wilson, 6-5 Sophomore from Hammond, IN—Justin transferred to us at the end of last season after playing for starting for Notre Dame as a freshman, so he has to sit out this season. But he shot very well from the field and did a good job of dishing the ball to his teammates since he has accurate passing skills. He’s a good defender and ball hawk. I think he will be a big asset for us next season. Justin is solid across the board so I believe he will become the team leader, particularly as he matures and his many skills become fine-tuned.
Kenton Dunn, 6-6 Sophomore from Cheyenne, WY—Kenton came to us in his freshman last year as a SF and while he played a little at the 3, he was our primary starter at SG, until he broke his hand in late January. Kenton was our top scorer who shot well from most everywhere on the floor and particularly from 3-point range. He’s very strong defensively and gets a lot of steals and blocks. Due to his height, he gets a lot of rebounds while playing SG. He has great endurance and after losing time last year due to an injury is chomping at the bit to contribute again.
Steve Jackson, 6-1 Junior from Mililani, HI—Steve played for Prairie View as a freshman and was the SWAC Freshman of the Year. He didn’t get as much playing time as he wanted for us last season, but when he was in the game he scored well and gives us a big boost coming in off the bench with his scoring mentality. He’s a very good shooter from all over the court, including from 3 point range and an excellent free throw shooter. While Kenton Dunn has slightly better overall skills, Steve will get a lot more playing time this year as our 6th player. His interpersonal skills are lacking so I am going to have to work closely with him to make him a better team player.
Camah Griffin, 6-0 Junior from Inglewood, CA—After playing his freshman year at Loyola Marymount where he was WCC Freshman of the Year, Camah transferred to us and came off the bench to play both SG and PG last season. He had some good scoring games, but was sporadic. He is good at driving to the basket. He’s a strong rebounder and an excellent ball hawk with great speed and aggression. He again will fill in at both guard positions this season and likely will get more playing time. Camah has good overall skills but at times can be too intense so that he’s rubbed some of his teammates wrong.
Rick Coffey, 6-7 Sophomore from Mt. Vernon, SD. Rick was our second best scorer last season and played much better as a freshman that we anticipated. He took over as our starting SF early in the season and never relinquished the role. He’s an excellent free throw shooter and I believe his FG accuracy will improve this season as he finds ways to get free for more shots. He’s a great passer, a solid defender with quick hands that get him a lot of steals. Overall, Rick’s skills are excellent and he’s been a player I’ve counted on more and more as time has progressed.
Charles Maors, 6-8 Junior from Dexter, NM—As a freshman Charles played for Washington. Although his shooting percentage was down a little this past season, he has the skills to improve significantly. Late last season we put him in at PF as well as SF and he did a good job at both positions. He’s a very strong rebounder and a good defender. This season he will continue to play both the 3 and 4 positions. Charles is a very hard worker. That’s contributed to his ability to successfully take on PF as well as his original SF functions.
Vefa Kurtbek, 6-6 Senior from Turkey—After playing a very limited role as a freshman, Vefa has been our primary starter at PF the past two seasons. His skills across the board continue to improve each season. He’s a good player inside both offensively and defensively and is a solid rebounder. This past season he filled in a little at C and this season is likely to again play primarily at PF but also backfill at C. Vefa wants more playing time, but, while his abilities are good, they aren’t outstanding enough to all for that.
Mat Hunter, 6-6 Senior from Dryden, MI—Mat played for Oakland as a freshman. In his two years for us, he’s been a solid player coming in off the bench at both PF and SF. He’s shot very well from all over the court, including from 3 point range. Mat is a good rebounder and good at stealing the ball. Mat will continue to provide us with offense off the bench at SF and PF this season. Mat’s has an abrasive personality that puts him at odds with his teammates. I expect to have to continue to counsel and work with him to try to meld him into the team as well as possible.
Primoz Pohek, 6-7 Junior from Slovenia—After a good freshman season, Primoz had a down year as a sophomore. But I’m seeing a good progression in his skills so he should get more playing time this season which is what he wants. He’s a very good rebounder and if he gets his shooting eye back up the high level his showed as a freshman and gets back to getting open better for shots, he’ll be a good asset for us coming in at PF. Primoz has the potential to be a very good player for us, so hopefully his skills will develop quickly this season.
Ryan Erickson, 6-7 Senior from Canada—Ryan was a starter at PF for Colgate in his freshman year. After transferring to us, he’s been our starter at C the past two seasons. He’s a solid scorer and rebounder as he makes up for his height with good positioning. Even though he has to go up against much bigger players, he blocks a high number of shots. He also has quick hands so gets a lot of steals. He will continue to be our starter at C this season. Ryan’s work ethic isn’t strong. If it were, I think he could star for us.
Jacob Anderson, 6-11 Senior from Sturgis, SD—Jacob came in as a PF but played both PF and C this past season. Each season he has improved his skills. He’s not a big scorer but gets his share of rebounds. He’s a good defender and also good at drawing fouls. He’s a good free throw shooter. Jacob will continue to come off the bench at both inside positions. Jacob has bee working hard to be able to fill either of our interior positions.
Nathan Hampton, 6-10 Senior from Aurora, CO—Nathan was a walk on last season as a junior and helped out at the C position. He’s a pretty good scorer and a very good rebounder. He’s also good at drawing fouls. While inconsistent, Nathan had some good performances in a few games for us last season.
R.J. Reis, 6-10 Senior from Longmont, CO—RJ has been a walk-on for 3 seasons and played a big back up role at C as a sophomore when we had few players on our bench. He’s a very strong rebounder but doesn’t score much even though he shoots well from inside. While RJ doesn’t have an impressive array of skills, he is a hard worker in each and every practice session who is well liked by his teammates.
Starters initially this season will be: