San José State men’s basketball begins its 2014-15 season with an exhibition game versus CSU East Bay this Sunday, November 2 at 4:00 p.m. in the Event Center. It is the first of two exhibition games before the Spartans host the regular-season opener versus Bethesda on November 14. For tickets, call the Spartan Ticket Office at 408-924-7589, or visit the tickets section on SJSUSpartans.com. Single-game tickets, season ticket plans and Spartan Foundation information can also be found in the season ticket membership brochure.
EXHIBITION GAME #1
SAN JOSé STATE vs. CSU EAST BAY
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 4:00 P.M. PT
THE EVENT CENTER (5,000)
SAN JOSE, CALIF.
SPARTANS SIZE UP
The Spartans have added depth in the big-man department for the 2014-15 season. Freshmen Leon Bahner and Ryan Singer stand 6-foot-11 and 6-foot-9 respectively, while junior transfer Ivo Basor stands 6-foot-8. Frank Rogers, listed at 6-foot-9, is ready for action this year after redshirting the 2013-14 season. These players will join the seven-foot sophomore Matt Pollard in the Spartans' frontcourt.
THREE-STAR POINT GUARD SIGNS WITH SJSU
Freshman guard Daryll Gaynor II signed with San José State as a three-star recruit by both Scout and ESPN in April of 2014. A graduate of Durango High School in Las Vegas, Nev., Gaynor led his team in scoring at 24.9 points per game. He was a first-team All-Sunset Region and All-Northwest Division honoree.
TWO NEW COACHES JOIN WOJCIK'S STAFF
Mike Lepore and Tyler Ojanen joined the Spartans coaching staff beginning with the 2014-15 season. Lepore spent the last two years as the director of basketball operations at Saint Louis University when the Billikens had their best two-year stretch of success with a combined 55-14 record. Ojanen comes to the Spartans from Saint Mary's College where he was also the director of basketball operations from 2009-13. Ojanen made three trips to the NCAA Tournament and two NIT Tournaments with the Gaels.
WILLIAMS DEFINES PRODUCTION INCREASE
Senior Jaleel Williams had the MW's fifth-largest increase in per game scoring last season, averaging 8.8 points more than he had in 2012-13. He also improved his rebounding by 4.3 per game, which was the third-largest improvement in the MW in 2013-14.
SPARTANS SET PACE FROM BEYOND THE ARC
Rashad Muhammad made 75 three-point baskets in 2013-14, setting a MW freshman record. He helped San José State average 8.5 three-point field goals per game, which led the Mountain West in 2013-14. Last year's team also shattered a school record with its
BAKER & ROGERS SET TO DEBUT FOR SJSU
Jordan Baker, a 2012-13 All-WCC honorable mention at Pepperdine, is set to make his Spartan debut as a point guard this season. He led Pepperdine in scoring with 13.6 points per game in 2012-13. Frank Rogers also redshirted last season but is ready for action this year. Rogers played in 28 games for San Francisco in 2012-13.
ABOUT CAL STATE EAST BAY
The Pioneers finished 7-21 in 2013-14. Former Spartan Nick Grieves, returns as the leading scorer from 2013-14 at 9.4 points per game. He also led the team in three-point baskets shooting .414 (63-152) from beyond the arc. Gus Argenal (UC Davis, 2004) begins his second season as the head coach for the Pioneers in 2014-15.