Stan State men's basketball team will begin their 2023-24 season with two road exhibition games against two 2022-23 NCAA Division I Tournament Teams in the University of Nevada and Saint Mary's College. The Warriors will be in Reno, Neveda on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. scheduled tip-off with the Wolf Pack of the University of Nevada at the Lawlor Events Center. They will travel to Moraga, Calif., for a 7 p.m. scheduled game on Nov. 6 with the Gaels of Saint Mary's College at the University Credit Union Pavilion.
2022-23 WARRIORS: Stan State finished the 2022-23 season with a 10-18 overall record and an 8-14 CCAA record. The Warriors finished in a four-way tie for ninth place in the CCAA regular season standings. Ten players return from last year's team in Tony Singleton, Jeremiah Jones, Micah Boone, Daniel Ameyaw, Noel Alexander Jr., Baljot Sahi, Mahda Fallay, Isaiah Jones, Jordan Smith, and Drew Nelson. Singleton started in the Warriors' first five games before suffering a season ending injury. The 2021-22 All-CCAA honoree averaged 12.8 points and shot 47.9% from the field including 45.7% from three-point range before suffering the season ending injury. In 2021-22, Singleton averaged 13.6 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game.
Jones is back for Stan State after scoring 126 points and dishing out 27 assists in 23 games. Ameyaw is back for his sophomore season after grabbing 74 rebounds and shooting 54.7% from the field in 25 games. Boone saw action in eight games and shot 50% from the field and scored 31 points. Alexander played in 12 games and scored 42 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. Sahi shot 56.5% from three-point range in 13 games while Fallay shot 48% from the field in 20 games. Playing in 22 games, Isaiah Jones scored 48 points for the Warriors. Smith and Nelson each redshirted for the Warriors during the 2022-23 campaign.
NINE NEWCOMERS: Of the nine newcomers for the 2023-24 Warriors, eight are transfers, including Turlock native Cam Walker.
· Walker transferred to Stan State from Porterville College he was named to the First Team All-Conference and First Team All-Conference Defense in 2021-22. The Turlock native dished out 230 assists and helped lead Porterville to a 37-21 record. The four-year letter-winner at Turlock High, was a two-time Team Most Valuable Player. He was a 1,000-point scorer at Turlock and finished second all-time scorer.
· John Wade transferred to Stan State from Cal State Northridge. During the 2022-23 season as a Matador, Wade averaged 1.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 12 minutes per game. Prior to Northridge, Wade played at Contra Costa College where he earned CCCMBCA All-State honors and First Team All-Conference while averaging 14.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 2.5 steals per game.
· Jonathan Tchengang is a junior transfer from Pasadena City College where he averaged 13.8 points and 8.5 rebounds last season and shot 46% from the field. He was named to the First Team All-SCC North and Honorable Mention All-State Teams. Tchengang helped lead Pasadena City College to a 22-9 overall record.
· Dontrell Hewett is a junior transfer from Odessa College, where he averaged 9.6 point per game last season in the 34 games, he played in. During the 2021-22 season, he played in 34 games and averaged 7.8 points per game.
· Will Chavarin is a sophomore transfer from Cal Poly Pomona where he played in 12 games in 2021-22 and scored 22 points. He is a 2019 graduate of Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd where he was a Second Team All-State honoree.
· Kyle Render is a junior transfer from Mt. San Jacinto College, where he averaged 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game while shooting 47% from the field including 40% from three-point range.
· Cheikh Gueye is a transfer from Mendocino College where she shot 50% from the field last season while averaging 6.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in 2022-23. He averaged 14.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game during his senior season at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School.
· Jason Zimmer transferred to Stan State from Los Medanos College where he was a 2023 Bay Valley First Team All-League honoree. He was a two-time Second Team All-League honoree at Clayton Valley Charter High School. In 2022, he was named the Best Defensive Player.
· Lloyd French is a 6-4 freshman guard from Thomas Downey High School in Modesto. He earned First Team All-District Honors and was the team's and league's Most Valuable Player. He scored 1300 points and grabbed 530 rebounds during his career at Downey.
STAN STATE HEAD COACH PAUL TREVOR: Coach Trevor enters his seventh year as the head coach at Stan State and 14th year overall coaching. He is 171-156 in his fourteen years including 54-60 on the sidelines in Turlock. During his 14-year coaching career, Trevor has coached 27 All-CCAA honorees including eight First Team selections and one CCAA Newcomer of the Year. Two players have been named to the preseason All-American Teams with one receiving All-American honors and three All-Region honors. In 2016-17 at SF State, he guided the Gators the NCAA Division II Tournament for the first time in 23 years and he was named the NABC West Region Co-Coach of the Year while the Gators were ranked No. 22 in the end of the season national NABC rankings.
REGULAR SEASON OPENER: Stan State will begin its 2023-24 regular season, Nov. 10-11, in San Diego, Calif., at the PacWest/CCAA Challenge at the Golden Gym on the campus of Point Loma. The Warriors will face Point Loma on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. They will take on Fresno Pacific on Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. in the Second Round of the tournament.
CCAA/HOME OPENER: The Warriors will have their 2023-24 CCAA and home opener on Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m., when they host Cal State East Bay at The Fitzpatrick Arena.