Puget Sound's depth may exceed expectations

Puget Sound's depth may exceed expectations

TACOMA, Washington – Puget Sound men's basketball head coach Justin Lunt enters the 2015-16 season with a dilemma that most coaches would love to have – and that's finding minutes for the wealth of talent on the Loggers' roster.

Entering his 10th year at the helm of the Loggers, Lunt says this year's team is one of the deepest he's ever coached. The end result may exceed expecations after Puget Sound was selected to finish fifth in the Northwest Conference preseason coaches' poll.

Seniors Matt Reid and Keith Shattuck, along with junior Kohl Meyer lead the core of returners for the Loggers. Reid started all but one game during the 2014-15 season, and logged 26.6 minutes per game. Shattuck was one of the best deep shooters in the conference as he shot 42.5 percent from behind the arc.

Despite coming off the bench almost exclusively, Meyer proved to be a dynamic scorer. His sophomore season yielded a five-game stretch in which he scored at least 10 points. Meyer eclipsed 20 points twice during the season, including a career-best 25 against Pacific.

Senior Eric Rauch returns from injury in 2014-15. Coaches praise his defensive energy and 3-point shooting.

Kyle King and former NCAA Division-I student-athlete Carlos Mancasola (UC-Davis) look to lead Puget Sound's rebounding efforts. The Loggers also added Andre Lewis, who averaged 15 points per game while playing for Tacoma Community College last winter.

The Loggers open their season at Warner Pacific on Monday, Nov. 16. The first home game of the year is during the McArthur Classic when the Loggers take on New Hope Christian on Friday, Nov. 20. Puget Sound has a tall task when it battles No. 1 Augustana (Ill.) on Dec. 18. The first Northwest Conference game of the year is at Pacific Lutheran on Dec. 1.

 

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