2016-17 Men's Basketball Season Preview

2016-17 Men's Basketball Season Preview

Lynchburg, Va. -- Coming off of possibly the most successful season in program history, the Lynchburg Men's Basketball is heading into the 2016-17 campaign asking, "What's Next?"

Head Coach Hilliary Scott enters his ninth season at the helm of the Men's Basketball program. Coach Scott and his staff over the years have helped put Lynchburg into the national spotlight, going to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament last season and are recieving votes in the D3Hoops.com Preseason Poll this year.

"We have a good mix of old guys, who played in crunch time last year, along with new guys and transfers, who have played in a college game before," said Coach Scott, "...I hope when we mix those things together, it'll be a good formula at some point."

The Hornets welcome in a class of new players including six freshman and two transfers, sophomores Logan Seacrist and Connor Schroeder. Seacrist played in 24 games and averaged 10.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game for the Bridgewater Eagles last season while Schroeder comes from The Citadel where he averaged 5.9 points and 2.5 rebounds in 10.2 minutes per game while seeing action in 30 games.

Also returning are seniors Lyndon White, Zack Burnett and Jay Allen along with sophomore Devante' Young, all who played in at least 28 of Lynchburg's 30 games last season.

The sharp-shooting Burnett, who joined the 1,000 point club last season, is the Hornets top returning scorer, averaging 16.4 points/game in 33.1 minutes/game which included an impressive 40% success rate from beyond the arc. White, a versatile player, started 27 games and totaled 109 assists for a career-high of 3.8 assists/game.

Allen, an acrobatic scorer, hit a stride when it counted most as he played in nine games in February and averaged 6.9 points in just 11.1 minutes per game while shooting an impressive 56.8% from the floor during those games. A tenacious guard, Young has quick hands, averaging just under a steal a game last season but his relentless effort will make him a handful for any team.

A tough schedule awaits the Hornets in 2016-17 and they will open up the campaign with a home contest against the Blue Jays of Johns Hopkins Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.