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OGDEN — Coming off a disappointing upset ending in the Big Sky Conference tournament, the Weber State men's basketball team has found itself in a common position to begin the 2021-22 season.
Following the release of the Big Sky preseason media and coaches polls Thursday, the Wildcats were picked to finish second in the conference, just behind Southern Utah. It marks the 13th time that Weber State has been predicted to finish second or better in the last 14 years.
The Wildcats return 10 players, including four starters from last season when the team finished 17-6 overall and 12-3 and second overall in the Big Sky.
Weber State lost five players due to graduation and transfers, but none more notable than Isiah Brown, who transferred to the program for his senior season. During the 2020-21 year, Brown averaged a team high 17.7 points per game and shot 49.1% from the field, and 83.3% from the charity stripe. In his last collegiate season, Brown earned first-team All-Big Sky honors, as well as Big Sky Newcomer of the Year.
A lengthy list returns for the Wildcats, including sophomore guard Seikou Sisoho Jawara, who was second in team scoring with 12.3 points per game and shot 50.2% from the field and 40.5% from 3-point range. He also led the team in assists, tallying just over three a game which earned him second-team All-Big Sky honors.
Seniors Dontay Bassett, Cody Carlson and Michal Kozak, along with junior combo player Zahir Porter and freshman Dillon Jones, who was awarded the Big Sky Freshman of the Year last season, highlight the list of Wildcat returners.
All five players saw a great amount of action on the court last year — almost all averaging over 20 minutes a game — and will bring experience and leadership to an already well-oiled team.
Of the five new faces joining the program, three are Division I transfers: seniors Koby McEwen and Jamison Overton, and freshman Dyson Koehler, who will be returning home from Cal Poly after prepping at Jordan High School.
McEwen prepped at Wasatch Academy before playing his first two seasons at Utah State and his next two at Marquette where he averaged 9.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. Overton played two years at Utah Valley, where he averaged 15.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.4 steals per game during his senior campaign, leading his team to a WAC regular season championship.
The Wildcats begin the season at home with an exhibition game against Concordia, St. Paul on Nov. 4.