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Sept. 28, 2016

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START OF OFFICIAL PRACTICES BEGIN FRIDAY, SEPT. 30: USD men's basketball head coach, Lamont Smith, along with his coaching staff, will kick-off the 2016-17 season with their first official team practice on Friday, September 30th. The practice will fall in the 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. window at the Sports Center. Media planning to attend need to contact Chris Loucks at least one day in advance - (; phone - 619/260-7930).

TOREROS PREVIEW: Head Coach Lamont Smith, who enters his second season at the helm of the Torero men's basketball program, will have one of the youngest rosters in NCAA Division I basketball this season. Senior forward Brett Bailey and junior forward Cameron Neubauer will be the only upper class returners from last year's squad that finished 9-21. Bailey (6.9 ppg) is joined by sophomore guard Olin Carter III (7.3 ppg) as the team's two returning starters.

Carter is one of four sophomores back that earned valuable experience in their rookie year. He is joined by 6-5 guard Tyler Williams, 6-8 forward Alex Floresca, and 6-4 walk-on guard Hunter Summy. Coach Smith and his staff were busy in the offseason and signed five freshmen -- 6-0 guard Nassir Barrino (Newark, NJ), 6-2 guard Mark Carbone (Wethersfield, CT), 6-8 forward Juwan Gray (Dover, DE), 6-10 forward José Martinez (Cayey, Puerto Rico) and 6-10 forward Frank Ryder (Boulder, CO). Nick Busch, a 6-4 guard from Santa Barbara, joins the squad as a walk-on.

Two junior transfers, Isaiah Wright (6-2 guard from Utah) and Isaiah Pineiro (6-6 forward from Portland State) will make the Toreros better each and every day with their leadership and experience, but due to NCAA transfer rules, will not be eligible until the 2017-18 campaign.

This season the Toreros will have a seventeen-game home schedule that will be highlighted with non-conference games against New Mexico State (Nov. 26), USC (Nov. 30) and UC Santa Barbara (Dec. 11), along with its usual key WCC games later in the season against perennial powers BYU (Jan. 14), Saint Mary's College (Feb. 4) and Gonzaga (Feb. 23). USD's youthful squad will be tested early with its season opener at San Diego State on Nov. 11th, along with a Nov. 17th contest at UCLA.

USD's six returning players gained valuable experience in Coach Smith's first season. They will be looked upon to fill the void left from graduated seniors Duda Sanadze (12.8 ppg) and Jito Kok, the school's all-time leading shot blocker. Last year's non-conference season was highlighted by the team's exciting 53-48 win over San Diego State on December 6th in the first collegiate game played outdoors at Petco Park. The Toreros would also earn solid WCC wins over LMU and Pacific, in addition to sweeping the league series with Portland.

WCC BASKETBALL TIP-OFF EVENT OCTOBER 31st: The West Coast Conference will host the 2016-17 WCC Basketball Tip-Off Event on Monday, October 31st. The event will take place at the Spectrum SportsNet studios in El Segundo, Calif. All 10 West Coast Conference men's and women's head coaches and a men's and women's student-athlete from each institution will be present to preview the 2016-17 season. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will include live streamed interviews on the Conference's official digital platform, For media, the event will include one-on-one availability with every WCC head coach and student-athlete present. Media members interested in attending should contact Ryan McCrary ( to request a credential and parking permit (parking is very limited) no later than Wednesday, October 21.

A LOOK AT USD'S RETURNING STARTERS: Coach Smith will look to his two returning starters to lead his Torero squad this season. Senior forward Brett Bailey owns 48 career starts in 95 games of action. Last year he ranked fifth on the team in scoring (6.8) and was first in rebounding (4.8). He scored a season-high 22 points against Santa Clara, and notched a double-double (11 points/10 rebounds) against Denver. Olin Carter III ranked second on the team in starts with 27 and over the team's last twelve games of the season he averaged 10.9 points per game... He played a big role in the team's upset over the SDSU Aztecs on Dec. 6th with all of his 12 points coming in the first half from three-point range. He closed out his freshman season with a team-high 20 points in the first round of the WCC Tournament against LMU.

SIXTH MAN NIGHT ON OCTOBER 6TH: USD basketball will host their 15th annual Sixth Man Night on Thursday, October 6th, on campus in the University Center Forum A&B. The program's main fundraiser, this year's theme will highlight The Rise (1973-84) - A Journey through USD Men's Basketball History. Former head coach Jim Brovelli will be on hand, along with a number of his players from those years. Tickets are $175 per person. For sponsorship opportunites and more information, please contact the Athletics Development Office at (619) 260-5917.

KEY LOSSES FROM 2015-16 CLUB: USD will miss the services of graduated seniors Duda Sanadze (12.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg) and Jito Kok (USD career leader with 269 blocked shots). Guards Vasa Pusica (8.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg) and Marcus Harris (6.6 ppg) both transferred out. Pusica ended up at Northeastern, while Harris landed at Sam Houston State.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW: Tickets are now available to the public for the upcoming USD basketball season. To find out information about season tickets, individual game tickets, group tickets and premium game tickets, call the JCP Ticket Office at (619) 260-7550 or visit

CONGRATS TO DAVID FIZDALE: David Fizdale, a 1996 graduate of the University of San Diego, was officially introduced on May 29th as the new head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies. Fizdale played at USD from 1992-96 and following an internship with the Miami Heat video staff in 1997-98, returned to USD as an assistant coach for the Torero men's basketball program from 1998-2002. Fizdale, 41, becomes the fifth former Torero basketball player to be named an NBA head coach. He follows in the footsteps of Bernie Bickerstaff (Seattle, Denver, Washington, Charlotte, and Los Angeles - interim), Eric Musselman (Golden State & Sacramento), Mike Brown (Cleveland & Los Angeles) and James Borrego (Orlando - interim).



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