SEATTLE – (July 18) Amidst a busy month of July filled with camps, recruiting, summer school and player development, Seattle U men’s basketball Head Coach Jim Hayford has announced the Redhawks’ complete 2017-18 roster, which includes eight returning players, seven transfers, two freshman and one junior college addition.
“First and foremost, we built on a solid foundation of players who have been here and performed here,” said Hayford. “We are excited to have that productive core of young players returning.”
Returning from the 2016-17 squad are juniors Aaron Menzies (7-3, C) and Zack Moore (6-5, G), and sophomores Morgan Means (6-0, G), Matej Kavas (6-8, G), Scott Ulaneo (6-10, F), Mattia Da Campo (6-5, G), Jake Spurgeon (6-6, G) and Latio Cosmos (6-0, G).
Without a senior among the returning group, Hayford has injected the roster with a trio of graduate transfers, all of whom will be immediately eligible in 2017-18. Jordan Hill (6-4, G) comes to Seattle U from four years at Wisconsin, Richaud Gittens (6-4, G) spent four years at Weber State and Josh Hearlihy (6-8, G/F) comes to SU by way of Vermont.
“The roster that we inherited had no seniors so this brings in an immediate senior class and leadership from three guys who have been in the NCAA Tournament,” Hayford said. “In total, we’ve brought in five Division I transfers who have experience in the NCAA Tournament.”
Four additional transfers include sophomore Dashawn McDowell (6-5, G, SMU), junior Delante Jones (6-5, G, American), sophomore Miles Carter (6-9, F, Seton Hall) and sophomore Matt Owies (6-0, G, Hawaii). The quartet will sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules, but will also combine for possibly “one of the best scout teams in America,” according to Hayford.
Also eligible for this upcoming season is junior college transfer Collin Huun, a 6-0 guard who hails from Chemeketa Community College in Oregon.
The lineup is rounded out by a pair of freshman in Seattle native Aaron Nettles (5-10, G) hailing from Seattle Prep and Brennan Corrigan (6-4, G/F) out of Oaks Christian HS in Westlake, Calif.