Oct 05 2017: Dennis Burke was hired as the new assistant coach.
Oct 05 2017: Assistant coach Lorenzo Olivares was let go.
Aug 31 2017: Francis Peng was hired as the new assistant coach.
Aug 31 2017: Assistant coach Adrian Chastain was let go.
Aug 31 2017: Promoted to conference III.2.
Jun 27 2017: Blake Schmitt was drafted round #1, pick #6 by Phoenix.
Mar 12 2017: Made the national tournament field.
Jan 05 2017: 3-star prospect Cecil Krieger committed.
Nov 16 2016: 3-star prospect Harold Ellis committed.
Oct 26 2016: 3-star prospect Paxton Turner committed.
Pts Ave: 98.9 - 79.5 Pts Diff: +19.4 Team Power Index: 146.0
Oct 28 2017: Active Conference Thread - by naph on February 22nd, 2021
I know many of you probably aren't in the habit of checking the forum, but I'd love to get some banter going over here.
Be great to hear from people over the course of the season.
Apr 03 2017: 2017 Season Review (IV.4) - by naph on February 11th, 2021
Expectations were once again high with 4 of 5 starters coming back and a 4* sophomore entering the lineup. Despite scheduling up, the Gaels won their first 8 non-conference games, including the likes of Temple(II.1), Rhode Island(III.1) and North Carolina(III.2) before stumbling against Notre Dame and Cal State Dominguez Hills to finish with an 8-2 OOC record.
Saint Mary's would lose just 1 conference game with a healthy starting 5, going 25-5. The most memorable games were against eventual conference champs Cal State Fullerton. At home the Gaels pulled out a 100-95 OT win despite Foust being out. On the road the Gaels were missing Gavin and Schmitt, but still led with 4 minutes to play before eventually falling 84-92. The Gaels would finish 2nd in the conference along with CS Fullerton and fellow double-promotee and V.8 foe Cal State Los Angeles.
A surprise upset loss to Franklin in the second round of the conference tourney also resulted in injuries to 3 players. 2 of them would recover, but sophomore SG Gamboa would go agonizingly close, but not actually return for the rest of the season.
For the first time since 2003 the Gaels would appear in the division 1 National Tournament. As a 10-seed the Gaels would advance all the way to the Elite Eight. On the way they overcame (7-seed)Augustana College(86-74), (15-seed)Stanford(93-68), (6-seed)UCLA(106-65) before being routed by eventual champions (1-seed)Azusa Pacific(69-103). A somewhat disappointing final game, but a historic year for the Gaels in their first season back in division 1.
Butler and Lang were decent bench players, but the biggest farewells on senior night were for forward pairing Blake Schmitt and Howard Foust.
#3 in Minutes (5164)
#3 in Total Rebounds (1304)
#3 in Steals (242)
#3 in Field Goals (903)
#3 in POTG (26)
#4 in Points (2150)
#4 in +/- (+1345)
#5 in FG% (.544)
#8 in Blocks (105)
#9 in FTM (340)
#9 in Fouls (378)
#18 in Assists (177)
Just the second 5* player to sign with the Gaels. He had an unorthodox game as a long, finesse, inside scoring SF with a nose for the ball and quick feet on the perimeter. A mismatch most nights.
#1 in +/- (+1584)
#1 in Total Rebounds (1626)
#1 in Blocks (263) - 73 clear of Aldrich in 2nd
#2 in Fouls (468)
#5 in Minutes (5115)
#5 in Steals (227)
#5 in POTG (18)
#11 in Assists (319)
#14 in Field Goals (593)
#14 in FG% (.494)
#15 in Points (1481)
#19 in FTM (250)
A great defender he is an athletic freak that would surprise his often taller opponents with his 7'3" wingspan and 39" vertical. Never worked out post-scoring but was adept at creating from the high post and hit enough elbow jumpers to keep his opponent honest.
PG/CG prospect Paxton Turner (3* 6' 1" sg pg pf 107/12) committed late in October. WingHarold Ellis (3* 6' 2" PG SF PF 113/12) inked mid-November and post Cecil Krieger (3* 6' 7½" C pf 98/11) rounded out the class early in January.
Schmitt and Foust combined for 305 career starts and the team's identity will change without those guys suiting up. Whilst not as big, the contributions of Butler and Lang will also be missed. It looks likely Carrera will step up into the starting lineup with Gamboa moving to his HS position of SF, but the last place in the backcourt could be Brackett or Hardin's.
In addition to those losses The Gaels take another step up in competition as they move to III.2. Saint Mary's look like they should be competitive, but the first priority will be staying up in LL3.
Feb 18 2017: SMC enter Top-25, Clinch Promotion - by naph on January 28th, 2021
Saint Mary's College has been voted the #21 team in the country. After flirting with the top 25 several times this season, dropping on and off the list of other teams receiving votes, they have finally broken through. The Gaels were certainly helped by a number of teams ranked in the high teens and twenties losing in the same round.
"This is really a testament to our guys, I'm not a numbers guy, but we have spent most of the season ranked in the top 20 in RPI. This tells me that the national perspective on this program is changing after spending some time in the wilderness." - Head Coach Richard Allan
SMC are currently projected as a 4-seed in the Tournament, but there is plenty of games left for that to change. What won't be changing is the Gaels' promotion status. They locked up a promotion spot with the win over Cal State Los Angeles last game.
"Gaels gone wild! We're going to the top baby" - Zack Earnhardt (Assistant Coach / Hype-man)
Jan 12 2017: 2017 Starters Tearing Up The Record Books - by naph on January 17th, 2021
It is a golden age in Gaels basketball with Saint Mary's back in division 1. Four of their five starters are starting for at least their second season records were bound to be challenged.
Howard Foust (RS SR - PF C)
1354 Points (#16)
1472 Rebounds (#2, 31 behind #1)
286 Assists (#11)
203 Steals (#5)
234 Blocks (#1, already 64 blocks ahead of #2 and counting)
Blake Schmitt (RS SR - SF PF C)
1922 Points (#9, should enter top 5 when he joins the 2000 point club)
1160 Rebounds (#5, should get #4 and will challenge #3)
211 Steals (#4)
96 Blocks (#8)
Scott Aldrich (RS JR - C PF)
2040 Points (#3, likely to finish #2)
972 Rebounds (#6)
167 Steals (#7)
159 Blocks (#3, 11 behind #2)
Lloyd Gavin (RS JR - SG PG SF)
1663 Points (#13)
500 Assists (#5, top 3 likely)
222 Steals (#3, on pace to take the record)
Apr 04 2016: 2016 Season Review (V.8) - by naph on December 17th, 2020
Expectations were high leading into the season as the entire starting 5 came back. The season started strongly with wins over a number of division 1 ranked teams including back-to-back wins over a Tarleton State team that would finish the year ranked in the top 20. The Gaels were competitive in almost every game of the conference slate. Westminster College got the better of us twice, Franklin provided our worst loss of the year and we dropped a game to Washington, but our 26-4 record proved to be good enough to win the conference. We had a number of tight games on the way through to the conference tourney final, but ultimately fell short to Franklin in a well fought game.
Moving on to the division 2 tournament the Gaels were given a #2 seed and would have wins over Coker, West Alabama, Murray State and Alabama before ultimately falling to #23 Cornell in the Final Four.
Winning the conference, promoting to division 1 and a tournament run to the final four made this a season to remember for Gaels fans.
bPF/bC: Lorenzo "Zo" Carrera (6' 9" RS FR 137 - 17 IS, 12 ID)
16.9mins 9.0p (.557/.000/.637) 3.3r 0.2a 0.2s 0.5b 0.9to 1.8pf OFG:.495 POTG:1
bSF/bPF: bSF/bPF: Nick "Slugs" Lang (6' 4½" JR 140 - 14 Str, 13 OS/Reb)
11.3mins 3.8p (.443/.340/.795) 2.3r 0.6a 0.4s 0.1b 0.4to 0.7pf OFG:.488
Red-shirting freshman Major Hardin also showed some flashes in his 5 appearances with 6.0p in a little under 14 minutes per contest.
Farewell Cam Smith
Smith graduates with numerous career record:
#3 in APG (5.3)
#4 in TOPG (2.8)
#7 in +/- (+5.38)
#8 in 3PM/g (1.5)
#11 in 3FG% (.333)
#14 in minutes/game (28.5)
T15 in disqualifications (11)
#16 in Fouls (2.4)
T18 in POTG (9)
#18 in PPG (10.5)
#20 in SPG (0.74)
He would have been a great SF, but sacrificed parts of his own game to become the starting PG for 3 seasons. He was a triple threat that could put up 20 points or 10 assists but wasn't required to do either. The one thing we won't miss is the constant adventures at the free throw line.
The Gaels' 2-man class was signed almost as the season commenced with both signing on the same day in October.Solomon Clay (3* 6'3" C SF pg pf 120/11), who we hope grows into a shooter/rebounding PF and Ben Poole (3* 6' 5½" PF pg c 116/12) who is a shooting/playmaker with size probably best suited as a SG/SF.
The Gaels will be back in division one, so a new level of competition awaits. Smith's departure will see one vacancy in the opening 5. It looks most likely that Gavin will slide across to PG and Gamboa will step in at SG.
That lineup would have 4 seniors, 2 starting and 2 more in the rotation so it could be the team's peak for a while. There's a good chance it will be the strongest team ever to put on the red and blue. With 2 of V.8's teams from 2015 promoting in IV.4 this season the benchmark for success is set high.