Building on Last Season's Momentum

Eighty-four percent of the team's offense will return for head coach Jim Les (pictured with clipboard) this season.
 
Eighty-four percent of the team's offense will return for head coach Jim Les (pictured with clipboard) this season.
 

July 23, 2013

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DAVIS, Calif. - With preparations continuing for the 2013-14 season, Aggie men's basketball fans have every reason to look forward to November when action resumes inside The Pavilion based on the accomplishments earned last season.

In addition to hosting its first-ever nationally televised broadcast on ESPN2, last year's Aggies tied two Division I school records with 14 overall and nine Big West wins. That squad also posted the program's highest field goal and three-point shooting percentages as a D-I program and ended the season with five national rankings: No. 3 in three-point field goals made per game (8.3), No. 17 in three-point field goal percentage (.405), No. 18 in field goal percentage (.473), No. 44 in assists per game (14.8) and No. 80 in scoring (71.3 points per game).

Led by three All-Big West recipients in now-junior guard Corey Hawkins, senior guard Ryan Sypkens and junior forward J.T. Adenrele, 84 percent of the team's offense will return this fall.

In his first season at UC Davis, Hawkins finished No. 13 in the nation in scoring at 20.3 ppg and became the first Aggie to collect a Big West scoring title. Besides earning a spot on the Lou Henson Mid-Major All-America team, he was recognized by the Big West Conference as its Newcomer of the Year in addition to receiving first team honors. 

Last January, at Hawai'i, Hawkins scored a school record 40 points on 10 of 14 shooting to break a 34-year old single-game scoring record. Those 40 points are the most scored in the program's history in a single regulation game and road contest. His eight three-point baskets also tied a UC Davis record for the most recorded in a game, and matched Hawai'i's all-time record for the most scored by an opponent in a single game. 

Sypkens, one of two Aggies to receive honorable mention, ended his junior season as one of the most prolific three-point shooters in the country with national rankings of No. 2 in three-point field goal percentage (.461) and No. 4 in three-point field goals made per game (3.66). 

Both were league-high marks.

As was the case with teammates Hawkins and senior guard Tyler Les, who earned his spot in the Aggies' book of records with his shooting success at San Jose State (12/20/11), Sypkens sank eight three-point shots at Nevada last November to share the program record for the most threes made in a game.

When UC Davis hosted Hawai'i last February, fans in attendance witnessed a once-in-a-lifetime event; Sypkens set a new school record for the most three-point field goals made in a single season and career when he drained his first shot taken that evening against the Rainbow Warriors. He finished the year with totals of 106 and 220 field goals respectively. 

Sypkens is now No. 8 all-time in the Big West Conference's single-season records book with 106 threes.

Adenrele, the other Aggie to earn honorable mention, also turned in a record-setting performance of his own when he matched the school's all-time single-season mark with 46 blocked shots. One of the most formidable Big West post players throughout the year, he finished his sophomore season ranked No. 2 in field goal percentage (.564), No. 3 in blocked shots (1.5 blocks per game.) and No. 14 in rebounding (5.9 rebounds per game) in the Big West.

Adenrele also more than doubled his freshman year's scoring output (5.6 ppg) in 2012-13 and finished with 12.6 ppg average.

Compared to the 2011-12 season, the '12-'13 campaign was a positive one both on, and off the court. In addition to posting one of the top 10 turnarounds in the country with a +10 (Division I) win differential, UC Davis men's basketball also experienced a 20 percent increase in attendance.

To match the demand for tickets, UC Davis Athletics is now allowing current season ticket holders to renew their seats in addition to offering a six-game and full season plan for fans interested in witnessing UC Davis men's basketball firsthand at The Pavilion. Season tickets can be renewed or purchased online at ucdavisaggies.com, by contacting Melissa Tinsley directly by e-mail at mtinsley@ucdavis.edu or phone at (530) 752-1047.