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GAMES 20 & 21: The USD Toreros (0-4 WCC; 3-16) return home to host the Gonzaga Bulldogs (5-0 WCC; 15-2) on Thursday, and the Portland Pilots (2-3 WCC; 8-10) on Saturday. Bol11 games tipoffat 7:05 p.m. at Jenny Craig Pavilion. · RADIO/WEBCAST/TV: Both games will be aired on KCBQ 1170 AM with Jerry Gross (play-by-play), George Young ( color, Gonzaga) and Jim Brogan (color, Portland) calling l11e action. The games will also be aired via the internet The Brad Holland Show, hosted by Gross, airs 20 minutes before tipoff. Thursday's game against Gonzaga will be telecast by Channel 4 San Diego (Jim Laslavic & Jim Brogan). TIO LEOS TORERO TALK: Every home game Jack Murray will webcast a 40 minute pre-game show from 6:00 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. l11at will include interviews wil11 USD coaches, players, alumni and administration. Click on to hear 111e Tio Leos Torero Talk each and every home game. SERIES RECORD: This is l11e 60th meeting between Gonzaga and USD with the Bulldogs leading the overall series, 39-20 ... USD won l11e last meeting, last year's WCC Tournament Championship game in San Diego on March 10th (72-63) .. .-l11at win snapped a 9- game winning streak for l11e Bulldogs. This is the 54111 meeting wil11 Portland and the Toreros lead the overall series, 34-19 ... San Diego won both meetings last year and has won l11e last four contests. TORERO COACH BRAD HOLLAND: USD head coach Brad Holland (UCLA, 1979) is in his tenl11 season at 111e helm of Torero basketball. Last season he directed the Toreros to an overall 18-12 record and 2nd place finish in the WCC at 10-4. TheToreros won their first WCC Tournament title and played in l11e NCAATour– nament for tl1e first time in sixteen years. In 1999-2000, Hollandwas chosen WCC Coach of the Year by his peers for 111e second straight season after he guided l11e Toreros to a 20-9 mark -- including wins over every WCC foe. In 1998-99 he guided l11e Toreros to an 18-9 mark and 2nd place finish in l11e WCC (9-5; tie for 2nd). Holland's USD career mark heading into l11e Gonzaga game is 147-127; includ– ing two seasons at CS Fullerton, his overall coaching record is 170- 158. Since 111e start of 1998-99 season, Holland is 91- 72. Holland, who played four years ofbasketball at UCLA (1976-79), was the 14111 player taken in the first round of l11e 1979 NBA draft by l11e Los Angeles Lakers. He was a member of the 1980 NBA Los Angeles Lakers championship team. Brad and his wife Leslie, who reside in Carlsbad, have three children : twin daughters Kristin and Lisa, se– niors at USD, and a 11-year-old son, Kyle. TORERO TIDBITS: USD will be looking to snap an 8-game losing skid when l11ey take on No. 15 Gonzaga on Thursday ... l11e Toreros are 3-3 at home l11is season l11is past weekend the Toreros dropped WCC road contests at San Francisco (78-68) and Saint Mary's (86-67) ... Bdce Vounang (22 points/8 rebounds) and Bran– don Gay (18 points/6 rebounds) paced l11e Toreros against USF, while Brett Melton poured in 20 points against the Gaels on Satur– day ... turnovers hurt the Toreros in both games witl1 24 misques at

USF and 20 at Saint Mary's ... Vounang leads the Toreros in scoring at 16.2 ppg (19.5 in WCC contests) and in rebounding at 6.7 rpg (8.8 rpg in WCC games) ... among WCC players Vounang ranks 4111 in scoring and 5111 in rebounding ... Brandon Gay's scoring average has increased to 13 .2 ppg ... for l11e season USD is being outscored by its opponents 78.3 to 66.9 (82.0 to 705 in WCC play) ... Mike McGrain ranks 2nd in tl1e WCC in assists (6.5). SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: The Gonzaga Bulldogs come to town wiili an overall mark of 15-2 and national ranking ofNo. 15 ... this past weekend l11ey defeated their travel-partner, Portland, on the road (80-65) ... Ronny Turiafled l11e way witl121 points and 14 rebounds ... l11e Zags two losses l11is season are to Saint Joseph's (73-66) and Stanford (87-80) - bol11 teams are ranked in Top-3 cur– rently ... Gonzaga is 4-0 in "true" away games and 9-2 in overall road contests ... 111e Zags have a balanced offensive attack led by Turiaf (15.9 ppg), Blake Stepp (14.6 ppg/7.1 apg), Cory Violette (13.6 ppg/7.7 rpg) and freshman AdamMorrison (11 .5 ppg). The Portland Pilots will take a record of 8-10 (2-2 WCC) to ilieirThursday game at Santa Clara ... in their home loss to Gonzaga on Saturday the Pilots were paced by Eugene "Pooh" Jeter with 18 points and Donald Wilson wil1115 ... Dustin Geddis tallied a season-best 13 boards .. . Jeter leads l11e club in scoring at 17.9 ppg while Wilson follows at 13.3 ppg .. . Portland's WCC wins are at LMU (77-68) and home against SanFran– cisco (77-63) ... UP headed to Santa Clara witha4-6 road mark. TORERO MASH UNIT: Junior forward Corey Belser (Tacoma, WA), USD's Ione returning starter from last year's 18-12 club l11at advanced to ilie NCAA Tournament, was lost for ilie sea– son in ilie team's second exhibition on Nov. 7t11. After grabbing an offensive rebound 3 minutes into ilie contest, he injured his right knee. Belser and sophomore guard Travis Smith (right shoulder) are boili out for ilie season. Abdou Sane, a senior forward, is also out indefinitely wil11 a stress fracture to his leg. WCC STANDINGS (as of 1-26-04): Gonzaga (5-0; 15- 2), Saint Mary's (3-1; 12-7), Santa Clara (3-2; 11-9), Pepperdine (3-2; 8- 12), San Francisco (2-3; 12-9), Portland(2-3; 8-10), LoyolaMarymount (1-4; 10-8), San Diego (0-4; 3-16). TOREROS 5TH IN WCC PRESEASON POLL: In l11e 2003-04 WCC Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll ilie Toreros have been picked to finish 5th. Gonzaga was tabbed as the favorite after receiving 7 first place votes and 49 points. Saint Mary's received one first place vote and tied with Pepperdine for second witl137 points. They were followed by San Francisco (32), San Diego (23), Santa Clara (22), Portland (13) and LoyolaMarymount (11 ). UP NEXT: The Toreros head up to the Bay Area to take on travel-partner Santa Clara on Thursday, Feb. 5th; USD ilien returns two days later to host l11ose same Broncos on Saturday, Feb. 7tl1. WCC TOURNEY: Tickets for the upcoming WCC Tournament, to be played at Santa Clara (Mar. 5-8) can be purchased at ilie USD Jenny Craig Pavilion Ticket Office (619/260-7550).

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JAN. 29 AT USO; FEB. 26 AT SPOKANE, WA Basketball Contact: Oliver Pierce Email: Office: (509) 323-6373 Fax/Press Row: 323-5730/323-4224 Last Season's Record: 24-9 Series Record: 39-20 Gonzaga Last Meeting: 72-63 USO (3-1 0-03) Lettermen Ret./Lost: 10/4 Starters Ret./Lost: 4/1 PLAYERS TO WATCH: • Blake Stepp 6-4 ffi • Ronny Turiaf 6-10 ~ • Cory Violette 6-8 ffi G F C

Location: Spokane, WA Nickname: Bulldogs, Zags Colors: Blue, White and Red Enrollment: 5,206 Conference: West Coast President: Fr. RobertJ. Spitzer, S.J. Athletic Director: Mike Roth Coach: Mark Few Alma Mater & Year: Oregon, '87 Record at GU: 105-29 (4 Years) Assistants: Bill Grier, Leon Rice, Tommy Lloyd Athletic Website:

18.0ppg 15.6ppg 11.4ppg 2003-2004 Gonzaga Bulldogs Men's Basketball Roster Nrune Pos Ht Wt CI ~ Hometown/School Ronny Turiaf F 6-10 243 JR 2V Le Robert, Martinique/Insep (Paris, France) Adam Morrison F 6-8 205 FR HS Spokane, WA/Mead Tony Skinner G 6-5 198 SR lV Albuquerque, NM/Cibola/Northeastern JC Derek Raivio G 6-1 158 FR HS Vancouver, WA/Mountain View Blake Stepp G 6-4 194 SR 3V Eugene, OR/South Eugene Brian Michaelson G 6-3 198 JR 2V Portland, OR/Jc-suit Colin Floyd G 6-2 183 so IV Harrington, WA/Sprague-Harrington Kyle Bankhead G'F 6-0 195 SR 3V Walla Walla, WA/Walla Walla Erroll Knight G 6-6 212 so 1R Seattle, WA/ChiefSealth/U. ofWashington Sean Mallon F 6-9 220 FR RS Spokane, WA/Ferris Cory Violette OF 6-8 265 SR 3V Boise, ID/Bishop Kelly Richard Fox C 6-11 265 SR 1V Denver, CO/Regis/University of Colorado

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JAN. 31 AT USO; FEB. 28 AT PORTLAND, OR Basketball Contact: Julie Lapomarda Email: O/H: (503) 943-7439/240-3450 Fax/Press Row: 943-7242/943-7527 Last Season's Record: 11-17 Series Record: 34-19 USO Last Meeting: 92-69 USO (2-27-03) Lettermen Ret./Lost: 9/6 Starters Ret./Lost: 5/0 PLAYERS TO WATCH: • Casey Frandsen 6-3 ffi


Location: Portland, OR Nickname: Pilots Colors: Purple and White Enrollment: 3,100 Conference: West Coast President: Br. Donald J. Stabrowski Athletic Director: Joe Etzel Coach: Michael Holton Alma Mater & Year: UCLA, '83 Record at UP: 17-41 (2Years) Assistants: Rich Wold, Keith Brown Matt Gordon Athletic Website:

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2003-2004 Portland Pilots Men's Basketball Roster Plaver Pos. Ht. Wt Yr: Exp. Hometown (Previous School) Brant Minor G 6-2 170 So. lV Grants Pass, Ore. (Grants Pass HS) Donald Wilson G/F 6-4 200 So. lV Los Angeles, Calif. (Dorsey HS) Andreas Gahlmann C 6-8 250 Jr. l V Zurich, Switzerland (Fullerton College) Pooh Jeter G 5-1 0 165 So. lV Gardena, Cali f. (Serra HS) Karl Aaker G/F 6-5 2 10 Jr. 2V Reno, Nev. (McQueen IIS) Ch ristopher Jackson FIC 6-9 240 Fr. HS Wollongong, Australia (Illawarra HS) Adam Quick G 6-2 175 Sr. 3V Wantirna, Australia (Wantirna HS) Sean Smi th G 6-2 190 Fr. HS Vancouver, Wash. (Hudson Bay HS) Devin Peal G/F 6-5 196 Fr. HS Richmond, Calif. (Kennedy HS) Dreshawn Vance F 6-8 188 Fr. HS Walnut, Calif. (Walnut HS) Patrick Gatos F 6-8 200 Jr. 2V Santa Clara, Calif. (Wilcox HS) Samaria Clancy G 6-3 195 Fr. HS Cleveland, Ohio (St. Edward HS) Dustin Geddis F 6-7 220 Sr. lV Phoenix, Ariz. (Phoenix College) Ben Sullivan C 6-10 240 So. TR Lake Oswego, Ore. (Cal State Northridge) Casey Frandsen G 6-3 170 .Sr. 3V Silver Lake, Wash. (Toutle Lake HS) Head Coach: Michael Holton (3rd year, UCLA '92) Assistant Coaches: Rich Wold (3rd year), Keith Brown (2nd year) and Josh Jamieson (1st year)

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Standing 1-r:

Travis Smith, Mike McGrain, Floyd North , Abdou Sane, Nick Lewis, Andrew Zahn, Brandon Gay, Brice Vounang, Corey Belse,; Michael Hubbard. 2003-2004 UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO MEN'S BASKETBALL ROSTER



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Champaign, IL/U. of Illinois Dakar, Senegal/Erie CC Walnut Creek, CNGrossmont JC

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Brett Melton Abdou Sane




Brad Lechtenberg

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Missouri City, TX/Seward County CC (KS)



Brandon Gay

Los Angeles, CNBellflower HS



Michael Hubbard Brice Vounang Mike McGrain

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Portland, ORJJesuit HS


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Paradise Valley, AZ/Brophy College Prep Davis, CNSacramento City College



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Glendale, CNLoyola HS Tacoma, WNBethel HS


Adam Bonifer Corey Belser Ross DeRogatis Floyd North, III


Mansfield, TX/Oklahoma State San Diego, CNOregon State



San Clemente, CNSanta Margarita Catholic HS


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Head Coach : Brad Holland (10th Year) Associate Head Coach: Brian Fish (2nd Year) Assistants:

Steve Flint (4th Year), Sam Scholl (4th Year) Head Team Manager: Nick Earnest (1st Year) ; Student Managers : John Chrispens, Chris Conlan, Sam Conway



10th year Two-time WCC Coach ofthe Year

The 2003-2004 season is Brad Holland's tenth at the helm of the USD men's basketball program. Holland has guided USD to 88 victories overthe past fi ve seasons, including a personal-best 20 win season in 1999-2000. This past year he guided USD to an impressive 18-12 mark; to the 2003 West Coast Conference Basketball Championship title; and to the program's first trip to the NCAA Tournament in sixteen years. This past season was highlighted early on by the team's 86-8 1 overtime win at UCLA. The Toreros would go on to tally a 10-4 2nd place fi ni sh in the WCC standings. With the 2nd place mark the Toreros earned a double-bye into the WCC Tournament semifinals; they knocked off San Francisco in the semi– fin al, then beat Gonzaga in front of a national TV audience in the title game to earn the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. They gave the Stanford Cardinal a battle before falling 77-69 in NCAA Ist round action. Senior center Jason Keep became the program's first ever Ist Team selection for District 15. Two seasons ago, for the second straight year, Holland guided the Toreros to a 16- 13 mark and a semifinal appearance in the WCC Championships. The Toreros earned quality nonconference wins over UC Irvine and San Diego State (4' h straight year), along with key WCC wins over Santa Clara (on the road) and San Francisco (twice). Senior guard Andre Laws became the first Torero since 1987 to earn District 15 honors (2"d Team). Four seasons ago he guided the Toreros to a 20-9 overall mark and I0-4 WCC fini sh. The 20 wins and IO WCC victories were the school ' s most since the 1987 season. For hi s efforts, Holland was named the

WCC Coach of the Year by his peers for the second straight season. The Toreros won seven of their fi nal ten games to fini sh strong again, a trait of Holl and coached teams.The season was highlighted byWCC wins at Gonzaga (82-70), and at home over WCC champi on Pepperdine (73-62). The Toreros fini shed 11 -2 at home, and were 9-7 on the road, including an excellent 5-2 WCC road mark. He earned his fi rst WCC Coach of the Year honor during the 1998-99 campaign when he directed USD to an 18-9 record and a second pl ace fin ish in the West Coast Conference race (9-5). Highlights from the 1998-99 squad included the team' s victory over Texas in the Torero Tip-Off, and the team' s upset over then No. 25-ranked Gonzaga (75-59). In 1997-98 Holland guided USD to a 14- 14 overall record and a third straight semifin al appearance in the West Coast Conference Tournament. The Toreros won five of their fin al eight contests and earned solid victories over WCC champi on Gonzaga, and two wins over WCC runner-up Pepperdine. Holland owns a ten-year mark of 144- 111 at USD - including hi s two-year stint at Cal State Fullerton, hi s career coachi ng record sits at I67- 142. He has strung together fi ve straight winni ng campaigns, and eight straight seasons with .500 or better records. Seven seasons ago he directed the Toreros to a 17- 11 record ; the 17 wins were a personal-best for Holland in six years as a collegiate head coach. The Toreros advanced to the semifinals of the WCC Tournament after defeating Gonzaga in the opener. They fini shed the season on a strong note, winning seven of their final nine. Included in the team' s 17 victories were solid nonconference wins against San Jose State, Cal State Fullerton, UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine. Although they came up short, the Toreros pl ayed Kansas to seven points in Lawrence (72-79) and Stanford to two (70-72) at the San Diego Sports Arena. The 1995-96 club, hit with a variety of injuries throughout the year, fi nished strong and ended the year at 14-1 4. In his first year at USD Brad guided the Toreros to an 11 - 16 overall record and a fifth place fini sh in the West Coast Conference. The season was highlighted early-on when the Toreros downed visiting Notre Dame, 90-76, on December 3rd before 6,522 fans at the San Diego Sports Arena. Prior to USD Holland won rave reviews for the manner in which he revitalized the Cal State Fullerton men's basketball program. During the 1992- 93 season, his first as a head coach, theTitans fi nished 15- 12 and posted the school's fi rst winning record in four years while going 10-8 in the Big West Conference. Along the way they beat every team in the conference except New Mexico State, capping the year with an exciting one-point home victory over nationally ranked UNLV. His 1993-94 team, which lost three players to season-ending injuries prior to the start of the season, fi ni shed 8- 19 overall and eighth in Big West play. They did have some memorable victories - they won at Nevada and UC Santa Barbara's Thunderdome; they won for the third year in a row at UC Irvine; and they knocked off UNLV with a 84-75 victory at the Thomas and Mack Center. Prior to hi s appointment at Cal State Fullerton, Holland was an assistant coach on Jim Harrick ' s staff at UCLA from August, 1988 to March, 1992. He helped the Bruins return to national prominence while compiling a ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~':'I

93-35 record that took them to four NCAA tournaments. Success as a head coach is merely the latest positive mark Holland has made on Southern Cali fornia basketball. He was a basketball and footba ll star at Crescenta Valley High School. He was a four-year basketball letterman at UCLA and played with the Los Angeles Lakers and two other National Basketball Association teams before retiring in 1982 due to a knee injury. He entered private business and also was a broadcaster for Prime Ticket from 1985 to 1988. Holland was the last player recruited by Coach John Wooden and became a part of four Pac- IO championship teams at UCLA from 1976 to 1979, two under Coach Gene Bartow and two under Coach Gary Cunningham.The Bruins went 102- 17 duri ng Hollands's playing career and he was honorable mention All-America and second-team Academic All-America as a senior. That year he averaged 17.5 points and 4.8 assists and had a .598 fi eld goal percentage, the best ever by a Bruin guard. He graduated in 1979 from UCLA with a in Sociology. The Lakers drafted Holland in 1979, the 14th player taken in the first round, and went on to win the 1980 NBA championship. The rookie guard scored eight points in the decisive sixth game at Philadel– phia. He fi nished hi s playing career in 198 1-82 with Washington and Mil waukee. Holland and hi s wife, Leslie, reside in Carlsbad. They have three children - twins Kristin and Lisa, fourth-year students at USD, and a son, Kyle.

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BRIAN FISH Associate Head Coach 2nd year Brian Fish enters hi s second year on staff where he is coach Brad Holland's top assistant. He begins hi s first season in the capacity ofAssociate Head Coach . The 37-year-old Fish came to

USO from Texas Christian University where he was an assistant coach on Billy Tubbs' staff si nce 1996. At TCU Brian's ch ief responsib ilities were as recruiting coordinator and in over– seei ng academics for the basketball team. Recognized as one of the finest young assis– tant coaches in the co llege ranks, his input in recu iting helped build the TCU program into a nationa l contender for six seasons with the team compi Iing an overa ll record of 125-68 and advancing to postseason play three times. Prior to Texas C hri st ian he gained

coaching experience with stops at Creighton University ( 1994-96), Kansas State ( 1992- 94) and Marshall University ( 1989-92). A 1989 graduate of Marshall University (B.A. in Sports Management), Fish played two seasons for the Thundering Herd whe re as team captai n he helped the squad to 25 and 26 wins, respectively. Fish began hi s collegiate play at Western Kentucky ( 1984-86) before transferring to Marshall. A native of Seymour, Indi ana, Fish was a first-team all-state selection at Seymour Hi gh School. Brian and hi s wife, Melyssa, are the parents of two children - Caryssa and Jordan. STEVE FLINT Steve Flint is entering his fourth year as ass istant men 's basketball coac h at the Univer– sity of San Diego. He will aga in wo rk close ly with the Toreros big men, as well as play a leading ro le in the team's recruiting and scouting efforts. He played a major ro le in Jason Keep's develop– 4th year

ment and success the past two years at USO . The 42-year-o ld Flint came to USO from Valparaiso University where he was an assis– tant coach for five straight seasons. At Valparaiso, Flint was the primary coach fo r post players and was instrumental in VU's last six championship seasons in the Mid-Con– tinent Conference and five stra ight NCAA Tournament appearances. Invo lved with the Crusaders' recruiting, Fl int helped assemble the team that became the Cinderella story of the 1999 NCAA Tournament, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen.

Prior to Va lpara iso, Flint gained extensive experience as a coach and player. He served as th e general manager of the Columbus (Ohio) Basketball Club from Febru– ary - August, 1995. While in Columbus, Flint was also the co-director of the Krider Basketball Camp and the Adidas Summer Shootout. A native of Hayfork, California in the northern part of the state , Flint was head coach of basketball and football at Hayfork HS from I99 1-93. A I984 draft choice of the Portland Trailblazers, Flint played for Jerry Tarkanian at UNLV from 1980-82 before earning a degree in Politi– cal Science from UC San Diego in 1984.


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Sam Scholl enters his fourth season on the Torero men's basketball coaching staff as an assistant, and his third as a full-time assistant to head coach Brad Ho ll and. Scholl was the team's student assistant three years ago. Scholl, along with top assistant Brian

Fish, will work closely with the Torero guards. He also has the responsibility for film ex– change; he is the team's academic coordina– tor for the players; and together with the rest of the staff, Sam works with scouting, recru it– ing and the other day-to-day operations of the program. Scholl, the Toreros' lone senior on the

team's 20-9 squad from 1999-2000, played guard for San Diego for two straight seasons. Prior to USD he played two seasons at Tacoma Community College in Tacoma, Wash– ington. From Gig Harbor, Washington, Sam completed his undergraduate degree in Sociology at the University of San Diego in 200 I. During the summers he oversees and runs the USD Boys Basketball Camps and this coming summer will be assisted by Nick Earnest. This past August Sam and his wife Heather were married. They reside in Del Mar, California. NICK EARNEST

1st year Head Team Manager

Nick Earnest begins his first season on the USD Toreros coaching staff as the Head Team Manager. He'll assist head coach Brad Holland and the rest of the staff with the daily operations of the basketball program, and oversee the student managers. Earnest will also assist Sam Scholl with all of the boys summer camp programs. Prior to USD Nick was at the University of Wyoming (2002-03) in the position of Ad– ministrative Assistant Basketball Coach for the Cowboys program. He helped prepare and organize home visit booklets and itineraries for the official campus visits; he created a recruiting database with information on over 1,000 prospective student-ath letes; he developed scout tapes for more than 15 games; and he composed and distributed letters to prospective student-athletes.

Before his one year at Wyoming Nick earned additional experience with stops at Stephen F. Austin (2001-02) as the administrative assistant for the men's basketball program, and at Texas Christian University ( 1999-2001) where he was Head Manager. He was also a basketball teacher and coach at various U.S. campuses for youth basketball camps between 1998-1999. During his time at Stephen F. Austin he was an instructor for the university where he taught basketball, tennis, softball, jogging and weight training courses. He also substituted for numerous other kinesiology courses at the university. He earned his B.S. degree from Texas Christian in Health and Human Services in May, 200 I where his major was Sports and Recreational Leadership. He went on to earn his Master of Science degree in May, 2003 from Wyoming where his major was Kinesiology and Health.

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Head coach Brad Holland enters his 10th year at the helm of the Torero men's basketball program and his 2003-04 lineup will have quite a different look from the team that won last year's West Coast Conference Basketball Championship and advanced to the NCAA fM._..,.k Tournament. Gone from last year's 18-12 club are four senior start– ers that accounted for 73.4% of the team's scoring punch - center Jason Keep (18.0 ppg), forward Jason Blair (17.1 ppg), guard Roy Morris (12.3 ppg) and team captain and point guard Matt Delzell (8.0 ppg). Despite the loss of four starters, Holland has consis– tently proven over the past decade that he can mold his club into a cohesive group that plays well together as a team, and that will be ,......... 1 competitive game in and game out. THE RETURNING CLASS:

USD's lone returning starter is junior wing Corey Belser who was named the team's Best Defensive Player this past year. Look for the athletic Belser, who averaged 4.1 ppg and 4.5 rpg, to be asked to increase hi s offensive output, something he was not expected to do this past year. Two other returners that were in the team's eight-man rotation include junior guard Mike McGrain and sophomore forward/center Nick Lewis. McGrain was the team's first guard off the bench this past season and is projected as the team's starting point guard. Lewis, who

gave the Toreros instant offense off the bench and was named the team's Most Improved Player after averaging 8.6 ppg, will play a key role again in USD's plans at both ends of the floor. Other re– turners back that will be counted on to produce include senior for– ward-center Abdou Sane, senior shooting guard Brad Lechtenberg and sophomore guard Travis Smith. The Toreros will also have the luxury of getting the services ofjunior shooting guard Brett Melton. Melton, a transfer from the University of Illinois who sat out last season, should give the Toreros one of the league's most dangerous three-point threats. He'll be counted on to supply a lot of offense that USD will be missing from the loss of their four seniors. THE NEWCOMERS: The Torero coaching staff, which has concentrated on getting more athletic through their recruiting efforts, have a trio of incoming recruits who will be expected to contribute immediately - junior foward Brandon Gay (Missouri City, TX), junior forward/center Brice Vounang (Dschang, Cameroon) and freshman guard Michael Hubbard (Los Angeles, CA). Gay, a 6-8 forward from Seward County CC in Kansas, was named the Most Valuable Player of the Jayhawk West Conference after averaging 14.9 ppg and 8.4 rpg; Vounang averaged 18.0 ppg and 9.0 rpg at Eastern


Oklahoma State Junior College while earning All-Bi-State Confer– ence honors ; and Hubbard, who sat out last season at Fullerton Jun– ior College after he suffered a MCL injury to his right knee, will compete for playing time at the point guard slot. Avi Fogel, a 6-2 point guard out of nearby Torrey Pines High School, will walk-on thi s year with the Toreros after a stellar high school career with the Falcons. THE REDSHIRT CLASS: The Torero coaching staff has brought in three players that will sit out the upcoming campaign and won't be eligible until the 2004-05 season. This trio will play a key role in helping USD continue its winning ways with their everyday play in practices. Floyd North, III returns to San Diego after two years with the Oregon State pro– gram. He started 33 of 57 games with the Beavers and last year averaged 5.3 ppg and 3.6 rpg. He prepped at Saint Augustine HS where he concluded his prep career with 2,039 points after averag– ing 23.6 ppg his senior year. He was tabbed the San Diego Union– Tribune Player of the Year. Also joining the Toreros is 6-9 center Andrew Zahn, by way of the University of Arizona and Biola, and 6-1 guard Ross DeRogatis, a transfer from Oklahoma State.

TOUGH SCHEDULE AHEAD: The Toreros will once again play a very demanding and tough schedule with just four nonconference games slated for the friendly confines of the Jenny Craig Pavilion. USD will open their season at the Dell BCAClassic (Nov. 15- 17), an 8-team tourney which will be hosted by Xavier University. The Toreros will open with Oakland, and play

either UC Irvine or Illinois-Chicago in the second game. They'll fol– low that up with a trip to Creighton (Nov. 22) before hosting South– ern Methodist (Nov. 28) and San Diego State (Dec. 3). Other tough road opponents include trips to Utah, UC Santa Barbara, Northern Arizona, Southwest Missouri State and New Mexico. The Toreros will also compete in the Arizona Holiday Classic (Dec. 29-30) and will face the host Sundevils in the first game. West Coast Confer– ence play begins Jan. 15th at home with LMU and culminates with a tough trip to the Pacific Northwest against Gonzaga (Feb. 26; ESPN2 telecast) and Portland (Feb. 28). This year's WCC Tournament will be played at Santa Clara University (March 5-8, 2004).

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POINT GUARDS JAMEER NELSON AND CHRIS THOMAS DECIDED TO PUT NBA LIFE ON HOLD AND STAY IN SCHOOL, AND BOTH ARE BENEFITING FROM IT STICHING RRDUND W hen it was all over, and the friends, family members and folks on the street had finally run out of opinions-more likely, just ran out oftime– Jameer Nelson and Chris Thomas felt the same way. Peaceful. Confident. Relaxed.


Their decisions to remain in school for another year may have derailed their NBA dreams for another 12 months, but neither man was disappointed with his

choice. Like the great collegiate point guards that they are, Nelson and Thomas each surveyed the situation, considered the options and made the smart play. Each might have found a spot in the first round of apoint-guard heavy draft and reaped the cash-heavy dividends of such good fortune. But like the half court alley-oop lob that can end in spectacular, rim-rat– tling fashion- or an ugly turnover-there was some risk involved. Quite a bit of risk, in fact. Had either failed to find ahome among the first 29 draftees, he would have faced the uncertainty of a roster fight and a potential trip to Europe-or worse. Nelson and Thomas assessed the situation. They considered the options. They decided. "Once I made the decision, ahuge weight was lifted off my shoulders,"

says Thomas, a Notre Dame junior. "I was so torn between going into something that would influence the rest of my life and going back to school and trying all over again. At first, I thought there would be some tension going back, but when I stepped back onto campus, people were happy to see me." Nelson has received the same warm welcome at Saint Joseph's, where he will attempt to finish his career as the school's all-time leading scorer and assist man. True to his team-first, generous nature, Nelson is also aiming to become the Hawk with the most career wins.That, as much as anything else, made returning to school an attractive choice. "I still have goals to accomplish for my team," Nelson says. "I wantto leave school as one of the best, but I also want to have the most wins in Atlantic-10 play and help Saint Joe's make some noise in the NCAA Tournament." Nelson began his NBA experiment with atrip to the tattoo parlor. There, he adorned his upper back with the message, "All eyes on me." It was something of a confusing statement by Nelson,who had spent his first three years on Hawk Hill as the consummate team player. CONTINUED BY MICHAEL BRADLEY

Chris Thomas· decision to return to South Bend puts the Irish in serious contention for the school's first Big East championship this season.



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STICHING RROUNDcoNTINUED Now, he was acknowledging that it was Ridnour, Louisville's Reece Gaines, Texas' about him, or at least would be for the next T.J. Ford and a whole passel of international few months. "That's what I felt like at the players who had created a sensation among time," Nelson says.

personnel executives. To find out his true worth, he turned to head coach Phil Martelli and a close cadre of family advisors. They polled various team representatives and scouts to find out what Nelson could expect on draft day. The verdict was hazy. Nelson might sneak into the bottom of the first round. Or, he could become one of those second-round steals (think Gilbert Arenas) who could make an eventual impact but wouldn't make big money up front. "Part of me wanted to take a chance, but I wanted to stay smart," Nelson says. In the end, the smart play was to return to Saint Joseph's. Nelson will be revered this season by fans and local media, as much for his four-year commitment as for his stellar play. He has already ascended to an ethereal place on campus. During the school year's first weeks, while in the library, Nelson found himself in the sights of a gaggle of freshmen who were

No one could blame him for feeling as if he were under intense scrutiny. Not only would he be submitting his entire basketball self to the cold reality of NBA evaluation, he would also be sending Hawks fans on amonth-long emotional seesaw. With Nelson, Saint Joseph's could be apre– season top-10team with some serious second– weekend NCAA tourney hopes. Without him, the Hawks would be an NCAA contender but more likely an NIT participant. Add in the hopes and dreams of thousands in Nelson's basketball– crazy hometown of Chester, Pa., where the round ball is often the only distraction from crime and broken dreams, and one could understand why Nelson feltthe need to getsome emphatic ink done. Nelson arrived in Chicago for the final pre-draft showcase already carrying a strike against him. "I had heard people in the NBA say I was too small," he says. At6-0 (maybe), Nelson is ashade below the

"I STILL HAVE GOALS TO ACCOMPLISH FOR MY TERM" St. Joseph's point guard Jameer Nelson


atwitter at happening upon the school's big star. Nelson smiled politely at his admirers but would have preferred to be anonymous. In his mind, he's just a college student (one who'll graduate in the spring with a degree in sociology) with some work to do. "It's tough to put adream on hold, but at the same time, I have something to finish here," Nelson says. "If I didn't have that, I wouldn't be happy with my decision." Thomas is only a junior, so it's possible he might have to go through the entire process again next summer. Then again, if he follows the pro scouts' orders, he may well be giving up the col– legiate life he enjoys so much after the coming season. The key to it all is how well Thomas embraces the primary responsibilities of his position. Unlike Nelson, who is a consummate point man and manages agame with few flaws, Thomas is more of acreator-for his teammates and himself. CONTINUED

optimal point guard dimensions. But he quickly proved that he belonged with everybody there. Nelson showed he could run ateam and distribute, the two parts of his job description that he has handled with tremendous success at Saint Joseph's. Nelson also hit enough shots to shake some of the doubts about that part of his game. It was astrong performance. "I always felt I belonged out there," Nelson says. "At times, it got a little physical, and we as college players aren't used to that amount of banging." Nelson had accomplished his first step. The NBA had seen him play against draft– quality competition and couldn't have helped but be impressed. Now came the hard part. Nelson would have to collect information and assess whether he had made a significant enough impact to jump into the first round of a draft that included more highly regarded (but not necessarily more talented) point men, such as Kansas' Kirk Hinrich, Oregon's Luke

With Jameer Nelson back in the fold, St. Joseph's instantly became the favorite in the Atlantic-1O and have a chance to do some damage in the NCAA Tournament.


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troubles with coaching at the highest collegiate level these days. Many of the top players expect to spend less than four years on campus. But any coach who tries too hard to dissuade ayoung dreamer from leaving early risks earning a reputation as someone who can't handle the modern player. Brey had little choice but to indulge his point guard's wish. When spring term ended, Thomas began the dance. He played atthe Chicago camp. He set up camp at the !MG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., seeking to improve his strength, quickness and ball skills. He made the rounds to 10 different teams for individual workouts. And he consulted his parents, Frank and Tammy, along with Brey, about the decision. "I really had a chance to see what the NBA is looking for in apoint guard and to see how Iwould fare," Thomas says. "Going through everything this past summer will help me when I enter the draft nexttime." Thomas received just about the same message from each team for which he auditioned. They were impressed with his skills but believed he needed at f least another season at school. He admits it was a very stressful process, but one which provided insight into NBA life.

"He's the one guy on our team that can create some things," Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey says.

Thomas' dream has not waned one bit. To him, playing in the League remains the ultimate in sports, due to the small amount of players (435) who have the privilege. But he knows there is some work to do. "It's not about chang– ing; I have to upgrade and make better decisions," he says. "I have to continue to mature as a player. There will be some things to change, like my shot selection and my decision-making. But nobody said that I had to change. They just want me to get better as aplayer and mature." And there's no better place to do that than in college. ■ Michael Bradley is a freelance writer living in Broomall, Pa., and a regular contributor to College Hoops Illustrated.

Brey was happy then, that the message the NBA repre– sentatives gave Thomas was identical to the coach's hopes for his junior captain this year. Make better deci– sions. Take smarter shots. Run the team. "He's smart enough to know

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