Men’s basketball ready to bounce back

Sonoma State Men’s basketball team is getting ready to start the 2018-2019 season. The team is eager to get back on the court and get some wins for Sonoma State. 

Last year’s season the Seawolves went 15-5 for conference and 5-4 during non-conference with an overall record of 20-9. Sonoma State performed substantially better at the home games with an 11-2 record. The most people they had in attendance for last year was 9,134 supporters. 

Coming back for his senior year is Armani Nicolis, number one, and one of Sonoma State’s guards. During his past seasons with the Seawolves, Nicolis started in all 29 games with an average of 25.2 minutes per game. Nicolis has an average of earning 7.9 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. His sophomore year, he had a season-high of 18 points against California State East Bay. 

With this upcoming season, Nicolis said concerning the team’s future, “I believe we are going to have a really good year. With the addition of our new guys and returners, we think we can do something special.” Nicolis continued to say, “We are getting along well and it is early so I think that will transition even better once season begins and we practice more.”

Going into this new season the team feels confident and ready to perform to the best of their abilities. Player Lewayne Grant, number five for the Seawolves, agreed with Nicolis and said, “I can predict that this year will be a lot better than last year, not only record wise but also support wise. I feel as if this year the guys and I are a lot more present around campus and the community, so we are getting the word out more about the games and inviting more people to come out and support us.” Grant is huge on school support as well as community support and believes this team can blend the two worlds together. Grant said, “As a player, I feel this year is going to be special, I had an amazing summer and the coaching staff did a wonderful job with recruiting new guys to fill in for our seniors from last year.” 

Both Nicolis and Grant have high hopes for this team’s chemistry. Grant said, “When it comes to the team chemistry I think we’ve gotten off to a great start thus far. We’ve done a few team bonding events and we all just simply enjoy hanging out with one another. We have many different personalities within our squad so there is never a dull moment. All that is left is for us to hit the court and for everyone to start learning the game plan that our coaches have out together, so we are fully prepared for when game day comes around.”

Our Sonoma State Men’s team takes the court for the first time this season Friday Nov. 11 against the Humboldt State Lumberjacks. But Seawolves, don’t forget to go to midnight madness taking place on Oct. 14 to kick off the basketball as well as the other sports on this campus.

For more information regarding the team, go to Sonoma State Athletics online for the full season roster and schedule.