2017 Women's & Men's Teams

Women's Field:

Alaska Anchorage                                               
Nickname:
Seawolves
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Website: GoSeawolves.com
Conference: Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2016-17 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 30-2 / 20-0 (1st)
2016 Postseason: NCAA 2nd Round
Head Coach: Ryan McCarthy, 5 seasons (133-26)
Previous Shootout Appearances: All (36-56)
Shootout Titles: 1990, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Top Returners: Tara Thompson, Jr., G, 5-7 (8.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.3 apg, .436 3FG, .889 FT, 2016 GCI Great Alaska Shootout All-Tourney Team); Shelby Cloninger, Sr., F, 6-0 (8.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.2 spg, .394 FG, .324 3FG, .765 FT); Hannah Wandersee, Jr., F, 6-1 (7.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 0.8 bpg, .506 FG, .830 FT).
Notes: The Seawolves are reloading again after graduating four players from last year's team that won a third straight GNAC title, earned the program's fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth and won at least 30 games for the second year in a row.

Binghamton
Nickname: Bearcats
Location: Binghamton, New York
Website: bubearcats.com
Conference: America East
2016-17 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 13-17/8-8 (5th)
2017 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Linda Cimino, 3 seasons (31-60)
Previous Shootout Appearances: None
Top Returners: Imani Watkins, Sr., G, 5-8 (18.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.2 spg, .339 3FG, First Team All-America East), Alyssa James, Sr., F, 6-1 (11.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.3 bpg, .380 FG, two-time America East Defensive Player of the Year), Jasmine Sina, Jr., G, 5-5 (9.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.0 apg, .345 3FG)
Notes: The Bearcats return their top seven scorers from a year ago, including seniors Imani Watkins and Alyssa James, who ranked among the national leaders in scoring and blocks, respectively … Linda Cimino was the America East Coach of the Year in her first season in 2015-16.

Maryland Eastern Shore
Nickname: Hawks
Location: Princess Anne, Maryland
Website: EasternShoreHawks.com
Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
2016-17 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 13-16/6-10 (11th)
2017 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Fred Batchelor, 13 seasons (163-220)
Previous Shootout Appearances: None
Top Returners: Ciani Byrom, Jr., G, 5-5 (14.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.5 apg, .415 FG), Keyera Eaton, Jr., G, 5-8 (10.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.5 apg), Alexus Hicks, Sr., G, 5-5 (7.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.1 apg)
Notes: The Hawks return two of their top three scorers from a year ago, including leading scorer Ciani Byrom, whose 2016-17 season was cut short after 12 games due to injury … Maryland Eastern Shore will be the first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference program to play in the women's Shootout and just the second participant from the state of Maryland (Mt. St. Mary's, 2003).

Tulsa
Nickname: Golden Hurricane
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Website: TulsaHurricane.com
Conference: American Athletic Conference
2016-17 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 10-21/5-11 (9th)
2017 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Matilda Mossman, 6 seasons (82-102)
Previous Shootout Appearances: None
Top Returners: Erika Wakefield, Sr., G, 5-4 (11.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.3 spg, .404 FG, .778 FT), Kendrian Elliott, So., F, 6-2 (9.0 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 0.9 bpg, .497 FG, .774 FT), Shug Dickson, So., G, 5-9 (8.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.6 apg, .732 FT)
Notes: Tulsa will have its top six scores back from its 2016-17 club, which suffered three of its losses to national semifinalist UConn in the rugged American Athletic Conference … the Golden Hurricane will become the first team to represent the state of Oklahoma in the women's Shootout.


Men's Field:

Alaska Anchorage
Nickname: Seawolves
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Website: GoSeawolves.com
Conference: Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2016-17 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 21-8/15-5 (2nd)
2017 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Rusty Osborne, 13 seasons (250-138)
Previous Shootout Appearances: All (38-79)
Top Returners: Drew Peterson, Sr., G, 6-4/200 (3.4 ppg, 0.9 rpg, 0.9 apg, .500 3FG in 2015-16); Ashton Pomrehn, Sr., G, 6-3/180 (2.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg); Sjur Berg, Jr., F, 6-7/220 (1.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg, .405 FG, 27 GP, 8.1 mpg)
Notes: The Seawolves have claimed wins over Drexel and Drake in the last two Shootouts but must replace the bulk of a lineup that won 21 games each of the last two campaigns.

Cal Poly
Nickname: Mustangs
Location: San Luis Obispo, California
Website: gopoly.com
Conference: Big West
2016-17 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 11-20/6-10 (7th)
2017 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Joe Callero, 8 seasons (111-139)
Previous Shootout Appearances: None
Top Returners: Victor Joseph, Sr., G, 6-0/170 (12.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg, .357 3FG, .817 FT), Donovan Fields, Jr., 5-10/160 (11.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 spg, .356 3FG, .867 FT), Luke Meikle, Sr., F, 6-9/209 (8.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg).
Notes: The Mustangs are set to return their top two scorers from 2016-17 and will get a boost with the return of athletic 6-8 forward Josh Martin, who nearly averaged a double-double before being injured last fall.

CSU Bakersfield
Nickname: Roadrunners
Location: Bakersfield, California
Website: gorunners.com
Conference: Western Athletic Conference
2016-17 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 25-10/12-2 (1st)
2017 Postseason: NIT Semifinals
Head Coach: Rod Barnes, 6 seasons (106-88)
Previous Shootout Appearances: None
Top Returners: Damiyne Durham, Jr., G, 6-4/175 (12.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.3 spg, .331 3FG), Shon Briggs, Sr., G/F, 6-6/200 (6.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, .491 FG), Brent Wrapp, Sr., G, 6-3/175 (4.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.7 apg, .413 FG)
Notes: The Roadrunners are in the midst of their best stretch since becoming a Div. I program, making the NCAA Tournament in 2016 and winning the WAC regular-season title this season … CSUB earned its first Div. I postseason victory with an upset of California in the NIT first round last year and advanced all the way to Madison Square Garden for the NIT semifinals.

Central Michigan
Nickname: Chippewas
Location: Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Website: cmuchippewas.com
Conference: Mid-American Conference
2016-17 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 16-16/6-12 (6th-West Div.)
2017 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Keno Davis, 5 seasons (77-82)
Previous Shootout Appearances: 2011 (4th)
Top Returners: David DiLeo, So., F, 6-8/205 (8.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, .376 3FG, .848 FT), Cecil Williams, Sr., F, 6-6/210 (8.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, .478 FG, .791 FT)
Notes: The Chippewas will give the Shootout a MAC representative for the third straight year, following Toledo in 2015 and Buffalo in 2016.

College of Charleston
Nickname: Cougars
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Website: cofcsports.com
Conference: Colonial Athletic Association
2016-17 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 25-10/14-4 (2nd)
2017 Postseason: NIT 1st Round
Head Coach: Earl Grant, 3 seasons (52-48)
Previous Shootout Appearances: 1996 runner-up, 2002 champion
Top Returners: Joe Chealey, Sr., G, 6-4/195 (17.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.0 spg, .392 3FG, .822 FT, First Team All-CAA), Jarrell Brantley, Jr., F, 6-7/250 (14.2 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.1 spg, .369 3FG, Second Team All-CAA; CAA All-Defensive Team), Grant Riller, So., G, 6-3/185 (13.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.2 apg, .486 FG, .798 FT, CAA All-Rookie Team).
Notes: The Cougars are set to return the top six scorers from a team that finished runner-up in the CAA regular season and its postseason tournament in 2016-17 … CofC owns the most storied Shootout tradition of any mid-major program, owning victories over Oklahoma State, Villanova and Stanford, and suffering its lone loss against Kentucky in the 1996 title game.

Idaho
Nickname:
Vandals
Location: Moscow, Idaho
Website: govandals.com
Conference: Big Sky Conference
2016-17 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 19-14/12-6 (t-3rd)
2017 Postseason: CollegeInsider.com Tournament
Head Coach: Don Verlin, 8 seasons (150-138)
Previous Shootout Appearances: 1991 (6th)
Top Returners: Victor Sanders, Sr., G, 6-5/195 (21.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.6 spg, .441 3FG, .793 FT, First Team All-Big Sky), Brayon Blake, Sr., F, 6-7/220 (10.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, .435 FG, .705 FT), Arkadiy Mkrtychyan, Sr., F, 6-7/235 (8.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, .521 FG)
Notes: The Vandals are set to return their top seven scorers from 2016-17, including two-time All-Big Sky guard Victor Sanders … Idaho has made postseason appearances each of the past two seasons, averaging 20 victories per campaign.

  Sam Houston State
Nickname: Bearkats
Location: Huntsville, Texas
Website: gobearkats.com
Conference: Southland Conference
2016-17 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 21-13/10-8 (t-4th)
2017 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Jason Hooten, 7 seasons (138-98)
Previous Shootout Appearances: None
Top Returners: Chris Galbreath, Sr., F, 6-7/210 (10.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg, .484 FG), John Dewey III, Jr., G, 6-0/170 (10.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.4 spg, .353 3FG, .739 FT), Josh Delaney, Jr., G, 6-0/173 (4.2 ppg, 0.9 rpg, .367 3FG)
Notes: The Bearkats have made the postseason three of the last four seasons and averaged 22.3 wins per campaign in that span.

Santa Clara
Nickname: Broncos
Location: Santa Clara, California
Website: santaclarabroncos.com
Conference: West Coast Conference
2016-17 Overall/Conf. Record (Place): 17-16/10-8 (t-4th)
2017 Postseason: None
Head Coach: Herb Sendek, 1 season
Previous Shootout Appearances: 1983 (5th), 1991 (7th)
Top Returners: KJ Feagin, Jr., G, 6-1/175 (14.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.4 apg, .463 FG, .490 3FG, .879 FT, Second Team All-WCC), Matt Hauser, Jr., G, 6-2/170 (10.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 5.2 apg, .360 3FG, .743 FT), Jarvis Pugh, Sr., F, 6-6/210 (8.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, .448 FG, .702 FT)
Notes: Broncos coach Herb Sendek will be making his second trip to the Shootout after leading Arizona State to a runner-up finish in 2010.