St. Bonaventure was picked to place eighth entering last season but finished in a three-way tie for first in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Expect a similarly low poll forecast for the Bonnies entering the 2016-17 season. But once again, don’t sleep on Mark Schmidt’s team. The roster looks pretty good, especially considering the program graduated phenomenal seniors Marcus Posley and Dion Wright.
2015-16 Record: 22-9, 14-4 (tied for first in A-10).
Players lost: G-Marcus Posley (19.6 ppg, 37.2 minutes a game); F-Dion Wright (16.6 ppg, 37.1 mpg); C-Jordan Tyson (2.3 ppg, 15.8 mpg).
Outlook: The losses of Posley and Wright are huge. Posley was a 500-foot home run as a junior college recruit, one of the best in Big 4 history. Wright was one of the finest developmental improvement projects in Bona’s storied history. They ranked 20th and 21st, respectively, in percentage of minutes played in the nation, according to Pomeroy analytics.
Yet, Bona’s offense should be pretty good. Point guard Jay Adams is an A-10 player of the year candidate. Denzel Gregg was the A-10’s sixth man of the year. The Bonnies are counting on big production from veteran newcomers. Courtney Stockard, who sat out last year, is a 6-foot-5 wing who was the leading scorer in a top junior college conference two years ago. He averaged 23.2 ppg for Allen (Kan.) Community College. He has perimeter skills in a forward’s body and plays a little bigger than his size. He can rebound and defend, too, presuming he’s as good as advertised. No one person can replace Posley’s three-point shooting. But Matt Mobley averaged 17.2 ppg and hit 74 threes two years ago for Central Connecticut.
Then there’s the center spot, where Bona added Syracuse transfer Chinoso Obokoh. He only played 67 minutes for the Orange last year. But he was a big-time recruit. Bona doesn’t need him to score much, but needs him to be a force inside. Derrick Woods is a promising sophomore with offensive potential. David Andoh averaged 10 points and 5.8 rebounds for Liberty two years ago. He adds depth and length at the 3 and 4 spots, which is so key in the A-10. The Bonnies should be entertaining and dangerous, at the least, in 2015-16.