NORTHFIELD, Vt. - The Norwich University men's basketball team returns to the court under the guidance of Head Coach Paul Booth in his 26th season at the helm, as a mix of exciting newcomers and dynamic returners look to lead Norwich back to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) playoffs for the second straight year.
Coach Booth enters his 26th year with 275 career wins, the winningest head coach in Norwich history, looking to lead the Cadets to back-to-back postseason appearances after last year's squad reached the GNAC Playoffs for the first time since the 2013-14 season.
The team will look to the six returning players to lead the way, as Norwich welcomes twelve new faces to the program after graduating seven seniors from last year's team.
Daniel Haimes (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) will be the lone senior this season, as he returns for his fourth season in the maroon and gold. Haimes has already appeared in 63 games in his career, averaging 6.1 points per contest on 34.3/34.8/77.1 shooting splits.
The junior class will consist of a pair of returners and a pair of newcomers, as Josh Dumay (Framingham, Mass.) and Dan Bertrand (Saugus, Mass.) return to Northfield and Conner Miller (Sydney, Australia) and Matt Allen (Barre, Vt.) join the program.
Dumay appeared in 12 games a year ago, shooting 80% from the field, while Bertrand saw action in 12 games as well finishing the year with 44.4/66.7/50.0 shooting splits off the bench.
Conner Miller comes to the program from Vermont Tech where he appeared in 57 games over two seasons, averaging 4.4 points, 3.4 assists, and 3.1 rebounds per contest in his career. He's joined by Matt Allen who transfers in from Thomas College. While there, he saw action in 44 games and finished his sophomore season averaging 4.7 points per game while shooting 39.4% from the field. Both will look to make an impact in their first season in Northfield.
A trio of sophomores return for Norwich this year, as Jesse Davis (Woodinville, Wash.), Kyle Booth (Northfield, Vt.), and Christopher Bryant (Crestview, Fla.) look to make the next step in their development.
Christopher Bryant saw action in seven games as a freshman, putting forth his best effort against Albertus Magnus on December 9th, collecting six points and five rebounds in 17 minutes on the floor.
After starting 21 games as a freshman, Kyle Booth is expected to make a big leap forward this season. The 6'5 Northfield-native averaged 21.2 minutes per game, totaling 5.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game while shooting 43.6% from the field.
Jesse Davis is another young Cadet with high expectations for his sophomore effort after showing last year how potent of a scoring threat he is. Davis appeared in 22 games, starting four, and averaged 13.7 points per game to lead the Cadets. He took home GNAC Player and Rookie of the Week awards after putting up games of 24 and 25 points during the Cadets' trip to Florida last year in late December, becoming the first Cadet to take home a Player of the Week award since 2013. He recorded double-digit point totals in 14 of his 22 appearances and ended the year with an efficient 47.2/40.0/90.2 shooting percentage line.
The majority of the Cadets roster in 2018-19 will consist of fresh faces, as the team replaces the roster spots left vacant by the seven graduated seniors from a year ago with ten freshmen. All will be looking to carve out minutes for themselves in a wide-open rotation to start the year.
As always, Coach Booth and the Cadets will face a tough schedule in the coming year. Colby-Sawyer College and the University of Saint Joseph (Conn.) join the GNAC, and the Cadets' last ten games of the year will feature nine GNAC games.
The Cadets will get their season started at the Charlie Ryan Tournament hosted by Thomas College in Maine on November 9th and 10th, with their home opener coming on Saturday, November 17th against Lesley University. The journey back to the GNAC playoffs will start on January 4th when the Cadets host the Anna Maria Amcats, looking to find a spot in the GNAC playoffs starting on February 19th.