WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Colby College men's basketball team opens the season Friday minus nearly every impact player from last year's 16-9 squad.
Colby would have lost seven seniors from last year's team. However, co-captain Patrick Stewart (Bangor, Maine) is back after leading NCAA Division III in 3-point field goal percentage (52.3). Stewart, who missed his entire junior year with an injury, is earning his teaching certification. He averaged 12.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, and shot 88.7 percent at the foul line.
The return of Stewart is key after the Mules also lost juniors Pat Dickert (Hatfield, Mass.) and Tony Karalekas (Naples, Fla.) to injury problems. Dickert is a co-captain with Stewart.
Sophomore point guard Maximilian Steiner (pictured, Washington, D.C.) and first-year off guard Ethan Schlager (Washington, D.C.) are expected to start. Steiner did not play many minutes last year, but the Mules were loaded at the point guard spot. Schlager is one of eight first-year players on the roster. Both players could play either position.
Sean Gilmore (San Francisco, Calif.), a 6-foot-7 first-year is expected to be the other starter. He will need to help out the 6-6 Stewart on the boards.
Junior guard Devaughn Riley (Dorchester, Mass.) returns, but just ended his football season last Saturday. First-years Sam Jefferson (Newton, Mass.), Alex Dorion (Needham, Mass.), Ronan Schwarz (Brookline, Mass.), and Tyler Williams (North Branford, Conn.) will all see time at guard.