Vancouver, B.C. - Entering their eighth season in the NCAA, the SFU Clan have lots to be optimistic about this year. Here are the five things to watch for this season.
The Veterans: After graduating three seniors last year, the top three scorers for the Clan, this year’s veterans will step into bigger roles. Michael Provenzano, Jordan Muir-Keung and Bowen Bakken will have to step up for SFU, last year they combined for just under 20 points, and nearly 10 assists per game. Look for this production to skyrocket as they will be leaned on to lead the Clan.
The Freshmen: SFU may have one of the best freshmen classes in the GNAC conference this year. The class will be highlighted by two decorated freshmen in Jusuf Sehic, 4A Provincial Champion and MVP with Burnaby South Secondary School in his Senior season, Wilfried Balata a First-Team Provincial All-Star from Quebec and six-foot-nine Dominic Postle of Bellevue. The freshmen will be key in helping the Clans success this season.
The Numbers: The Clan shot 37% from 3-point range last season, ranking them Top-5 in the GNAC conference. Defensively the Clan were second in the conference in steals at 7.9 per game and they held opponents to a conference low 32% shooting from long range, ranking them number one for 3-point field goal percentage defense in the GNAC. It’s no secret that SFU can defend and they will only look to be better for the upcoming season.
Coaching: Entering his 3rd year as head coach, Steve Hanson has undoubtedly changed the culture at SFU. In his tenure with the Clan, Hanson has helped the team more than double win totals from four in ‘16-’17 to 10 wins in ‘17-’18. He added great experience to his staff this offseason with new head assistant in John Curcio - coming from the the Western Ontario Mustangs of the Ontario University Athletics (OUA). Rounding out the coaching staff are Dany Charlery, Bret Macdonald and Ibrahim Bayazit whom will focus on player development throughout the year.
Schedule: Competing in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, one the most competitive conferences in NCAA Division ll, the SFU Clan will tip-off their regular season on November 16th, 2018 at home in West Gym.
For more information about the SFU Clan or to buy tickets to their games visit the SFU Clan website.