Head coach: Grant Rice, 15th season
2014-15 record: 27-6 (8-0 Southwest, first)
Returning lettermen (starters): Eight (two)
Top players: C Zach Collins (Sr.), F/G Chuck O’Bannon (Jr.), G Christian Popoola (Jr.), F Byron Frohnen (Sr.), G Travis Rice (Sr.), F/G Chase Noma’aea (Sr.), F/G Jamal Bey (So.), G Luke Bradford (Jr.), G/F Ryan Kiley (Jr.)
Outlook: The Gaels have to replace their top three scorers, including two of the best players in Nevada last year in Chase Jeter and Stephen Zimmerman, who combined for 30.8 points and 20.8 rebounds per game.
“We have a lot of scoring, leadership and rebounding to replace from last year’s team,” Grant Rice said.
Collins (9.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg) has signed to play at Gonzaga next year and leads a list of eight returning lettermen.
O’Bannon (8.0 ppg) is a returning starter for the Gaels, who benefit from the return of Popoola, who averaged 14 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists for Lone Peak (Utah) last year.
“These current players have been waiting a few years to show what they can do, and they are very excited about it,” Grant Rice said.