The Wayne State College men’s basketball team gets an early start to the 2019-20 season this weekend playing three games in three days at the CCA Division II Tip Off Classic in Orange, California on the campus of Santiago Canyon College. WSC will face Ferris State of Michigan Friday at 7:30 p.m., Concordia Irvine Saturday at 5:15 p.m. and Texas Permian Basin on Sunday at 5:15 p.m. None of the games will have live video or live stats.
Wayne State is coming off a 21-10 season in 2018-19 where the Wildcats won a share of the NSIC South Division title with a 14-8 league record. The Wildcats were picked tied for 10th in the Preseason NSIC Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll released October 17th and returns two starters from last year’s team. 6-7 sophomore center Jordan Janssen was listed as the Wildcat to Watch in the NSIC this season after averaging 11.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game last season starting all 31 games. He led the NSIC in offensive rebounds per game (3.2) and was second in rebounding, fourth in field goal percentage (.578) and ninth in blocked shots (1.1), free throw percentage (.825) and steals per game (1.2).
The first opponent for WSC at the Tip Off Classic – Ferris State of Michigan – won the NCAA Division II national title two years ago and has won 20 or more games in each of the past five seasons. The Bulldogs are the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division preseason favorite after going 20-12 last season and 12-8 in the GLIAC. 6-8 senior post Cole Walker was named Preseason All-GLIAC after averaging 10.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game last season. Other key starters back are senior point guard D’angelo Hughes (11.0 ppg, 3.9 apg) and 6-3 junior wing Jaylin McFadden (10.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg).
Concordia Irvine brings back a wealth of talent that was 23-11 last year (18-4 in the PacWest) and qualified for the NCAA Division II National Tournament for the first time in school history. The Eagles were picked as the PacWest preseason favorite and returns three starters plus the addition of Division I transfer Robert McCoy of Portland State who was picked to the PacWest Preseason All-Conference Team after averaging 7.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game last year. Concordia Irvine is ranked 23rd in the NABC Preseason NCAA Division II Coaches Poll.
Texas Permian Basin was picked eighth in the Lone Star Conference Preseason Poll after going 15-14 overall last season (7-11 Lone Star). The Falcons return just three players from last year’s team but have a group of talented freshmen and transfers that include five from Division I schools. 6-8 senior forward Miles Washington is the team’s top returner at 9.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game followed by 6-7 junior forward Adam Rivera at 9.1 points and 4.9 rebounds a contest.