With the turn of the calendar into August earlier this week and the influx of "Back-to-School" sales happening everywhere, the 2013-14 athletic season is right around the corner.
Valparaiso men's basketball coach Bryce Drew officially released the roster for the coming season last week and it sure looks strange to see different names behind No. 15 and No. 23.
Here are some of the details...
0 Keith Carter 6'0" 185 pounds
Carter will gain eligibility once the first semester ends (roughly Dec. 20). Drew has yet to release the schedule so it's unclear as to how many games Carter will miss.
10 Moussa Gueye 7'0" 270 pounds
Gueye takes Rossi's number and is the largest Valparaiso player to suit up since Kenny Harris. Gueye is larger than Antti Nikkila, who checked in at 260 pounds his senior year.
11 Clay Yeo 6'4" 180 pounds
Yeo is the lightest player standing 6'4 or taller since Ron Howard entered Valparaiso in 2002 at 6'4, 168. De'Andre Haskins was 6'4, 180 in 2008. Expect Yeo to put on plenty of muscle during his time at Valparaiso. Yeo will wear Nick Shelton's No. 11.
15 Lexus Williams 5'11" 155 pounds
The smallest scholarship player to join the roster since Erik Buggs enrolled in 2008 at 150 pounds. Williams stands an inch shorter than Buggs. Much like Buggs, who put on 10 pounds of muscle (and shrunk an inch) during his career, Williams will be expected to bulk up over the next year.
22 Nick Davidson 6'3" 200 pounds
Davidson joins the ranks of recent Valparaiso players to wear No. 22 such as Jay Harris, Logan Jones and Seth Colclasure.
23 Jubril Adekoya 6'7" 225 pounds
Adekoya has a similar body to former Valparaiso players Richie Edwards and Mike Rogers. Time will tell if Adekoya has the same athleticism as former No. 23 Matt Kenney.
25 Alec Peters 6'8 225 pounds
Peters is another example of the difference from last year to this year. In 2012-13, Peters would've been tied for the third tallest active player on the roster. This season Peters is the fifth tallest. Valparaiso will play much bigger this season.
One final note. Bobby Capobianco and Lavonte Dority have lost considerable weight during the offseason, yet the roster gives Capobianco credit for just 10 less pounds and keeps Dority the same. I'd be curious to see either of these two on the scale.