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2017-18 Season Review

Signature Wins: The Haverford College men's basketball team posted its highest win total since the 2013-14 season under first-year head coach Patrick Doherty. The Fords showed great potential right from the start of the season during the New York University Tournament as they defeated Clark University on a buzzer-beater and came right back the following day with a convincing 93-83 victory against host NYU.

Other notable results on the Fords' schedule saw the team sweep the season series against McDaniel for the first time since the 2011-12 season, while also defeating Centennial Conference foe Washington College by a 67-50 score during the opening month of the season. The growth the team showed throughout the season appears to be in good position to continue as the Fords graduate two four-year players, but return their 11 top point producers from this past season.

Season Notes: The Fords won their most games since the 2013-14 season under first-year head coach Patrick Doherty … Haverford swept Centennial Conference foe McDaniel for the first time since the 2011-12 season … Haverford broke the school record for three-pointers made in a season with 181 baskets from beyond the arc, breaking the previous record of 167 which was set in the 2004-05 season … The Fords came down with their highest total rebounds (936) since the 1994-95 season and broke the school record for defensive rebounds (667) and defensive rebounds per game (26.7) … The team had its highest scoring offense since the 2004-05 season by averaging 70.8 points per game … Haverford's 14.8 rebounds per game was the team's highest total since the 2004-05 season, while the 3.6 blocks per game were the program's highest mark since 2000-01.

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Looking ahead: The Fords return nearly 98 percent of their total offense and minutes played to the 2018-19 team. Kahlil Garnes (908 career points) and Joe Scibelli (861 career points) are both on pace to hit the 1,000 point milestone during their senior seasons, while Jonathan Lang is just shy of 500 points after his sophomore season. Eleven of the players slated to return for Haverford have started at some point during their Haverford career.

 

2017-18 Season Preview

The Haverford College men's basketball team will kick off a new era during the 2017-18 season as Patrick Doherty takes over as head coach following the retirement of Michael Mucci who patrolled the Haverford sidelines for the previous 22 seasons. Although the Fords have a new leader in place, many familiar faces will return to lead Haverford on the court.

Despite the graduation of 1,000 point scorer Matt Sherman '17, Haverford returns 12 of its top 13 scorers from last season. That group includes six different players who have started at least 10 games, and three others who have been a part of the starting five at some point in their careers. The group will also have room to grow as just two seniors, Jeremy Evans and Josh Fried, are on this year's 15 man roster. Evans will serve as a team co-captain having played in 37 games over his first three seasons. Fried has appeared in 48 career games, making eight starts. The Fords' center already ranks eighth in program history with 53 career blocks, denying just over one shot per game during his career.

The four-member junior class will look to make another jump as upperclassmen with each of these players having started at least 23 games at Haverford. Co-captain Joe Scibelli, the 2016 Centennial Conference Rookie of the Year, has been a two-year starter for the Fords and was leading the Centennial Conference in points and rebounds per game before missing the second half of last season. Despite missing that time, both he and classmate Kahlil Garnes are currently on pace to reach the 1,000 point club during the next two seasons.

Garnes is averaging 11.7 points per game in his 50 career appearances. Making 40 starts at guard, he ranks fourth in program history with an .814 career free throw percentage. He also ranks among the top 20 players in program history in minutes, steals, defensive rebounds, and assists per game. Kyle Goldfarb has made 35 starts at guard during his 46 career appearances. He averaged 6.6 points per game last season. Sam Stogdon provides another presence in the paint for Haverford as his 39 blocked shots through two seasons rank 15th in school history. Stogdon averaged 5.4 points per game last season as a sophomore, rejecting 1.2 shots per game.

The sophomore class is the largest on the team with six players ready to make the next step in their development. Grayson Roth saw the most playing time of that group during his rookie season. He averaged 25.4 minutes per contest on his way to scoring 4.4 points per game. Coming off the bench for all but six starts last winter, Jonathan Lang was the highest scoring member of that class at 7.3 points per game in just over 22 minutes per contest.

Jack Cork and Joe Hartman also saw time in the starting lineup as first years. Cork made 10 starts, averaging 16.6 minutes per game to go along with four rebounds and just over three points per game. Hartman started three games, but was particularly efficient in those contests. He averaged seven points per game as a member of the starting lineup. Joe Wujciak saw time in 13 games last winter, shooting nearly 47% from the field. Michael Wiper had his rookie season cut short, but was averaging nearly three points and three rebounds through the first six games of his career.

The first year class set to join this returning nucleus will definitely have a local flavor as all-state player Jesse Turkson (Masterman) and deep threat Sam Istvan (Germantown Friends School) grew up in Philadelphia. On the contrary, multi-sport star and lock down defender Josh Radin joins the Fords from the west coast in California.