It's time to reload for the Puget Sound men's basketball team as it embarks on the 2012-13 season. A poll of the Northwest Conference coaches slated the Loggers to finish fourth despite a 20-win season in 2011-12 that led the Loggers to the NWC Tournament Finals.
On the surface, the Loggers may have looked to been depleted by the exit of a deep senior class, but a deep look shows that the Loggers are reloaded and ready to build off the success of last year's team.
Four starters and the top two scorers are gone but the Loggers still have plenty of big-time experience in next three top scorers returning, including D3hoops.com's West Region Newcomer of the Year Derek Jobe. Jobe averaged 9.2 points per game last year, starting in 17 games last year and was the Loggers top shooter from beyond the arc with an average of nearly two three-pointers per game.
Jobe is not the only returner with plenty of experience. Senior Riggs Yarbro has been both a starter and one of the first players off the bench in the last two years. The 6-7 forward averaged nine points per game last year on 46.5 percent shooting. He also pulled down just about three boards per game. He figures to be a key member in the post for the Loggers this year.
Fellow senior Rex Holmes will make a case to see his role increased after a solid first season with the Loggers as a junior last year. Holmes mostly saw time off the bench last year but was one of the leaders in minutes played with a 23 minutes per game average. He also pitched in 8.3 points per game and led the squad with 2.3 assists per game.
Seniors Gabe Borboa should also be in contention for a starting role in the post while two-sport athlete and senior Ryan Rogers will look to contribute more on the wing. Rogers pitched in 5.5 points per game while Borboa scored three points per game.
While the leaders of last year's Loggers have departed, there is plenty of experience returning to the hardwood in Memorial Fieldhouse and a dozen newcomers looking to make immediate impacts on the program.
The Loggers are anxiously awaiting the start of the 2012-13 season and the chance to carry on the success they enjoyed a year ago.
The season opens today at 8 p.m. as they host New Hope Christian as part of the Doug McArthur Classic.