HAMMOND, IND. – The Purdue Northwest men’s basketball program is set to open up the 2018-19 regular season Friday, Nov. 9 at 5:30 pm (CST) when they take on Rockhurst University as a part of the GLIAC/GLVC Challenge in Liberty, Mo. The Pride will take on William Jewell University the following day at 3:30 pm (CST).
ADMISSION, TICKET INFO
Admission for all Pride basketball home contests is $6 for adults 18 and up and $4 for children ages 4-17. Children ages 3 and under are free. The ticket office accepts cash only. For detailed directions, nearby restaurants, and other information, please refer to the Travel Guide located here: http://www.pnwathletics.com/fanzone/visitorsguide/
PNW brings back seven players from the 2017-18 season. Senior guard Chandler Spring was only able to appear in eight games due to injury in 2017-18, but averaged 10.8 points per game and has 738 career points. Rich Robertson will return as a top scoring option for Purdue Northwest after averaging nine points a game and starting in 15 games during his freshman campaign.
Frank Nunn is back for his third season with PNW after being a consistent contributor for the Pride in 2017-18, including a 26-point effort against the Davenport Panthers. Junior Mike Vukas looks to build on a sophomore campaign that saw him appear in seven games with a season-high of nine points including multiple three-pointers against Grand Valley State.
The other senior for Purdue Northwest is forward Ronald Karenzi. The Uganda native has been limited by injuries in his career but will bring size and hustle off the bench. Lukas Vilkovsky was a key factor as a sophomore in 2017-18, starting 22 games and finishing as the second-leading rebounder for the Black and Gold.
Kaleb Howard will be back with the program after a freshman season in which he appeared in 17 games, making two starts.
Coach Roberts brings in nine players who will be making an impact on the program in 2018-19. Freshman Chase Rankin joins the Black and Gold after averaging 15.4 PPG and 6.2 APG in the Ohio Capital Conference, widely regarded as one of the toughest in the talent-rich state. Greg Boyle comes along with coach Roberts from Trinity International, where he was a redshirt last season. Boyle is a Chicago native and is Phoenix Military Academy’s all-time leading scorer.
Emarree Goode is a local kid out of Gavit High School in Hammond, and will be entering his sophomore season in 2018-19. Guard Dean Tate was the leading scorer on a Warren Central squad that won the Indiana State Championship and finished the season ranked as the #1 overall team in Indiana. Tate was also recognized as an Indiana All-Star.
Junior Durante Lee joins PNW after two seasons at IU Kokomo, where he averaged 12.8 PPG and 6.9 RPG a year ago. Lee is another region native, as he hails from Gary, Indiana. Anthony Barnard was named the MVP of the Kokomo Tribune All-Area team after averaging 19 PPG and 8.9 RPG for Kokomo High School. His twin sister Brittany is a center for the women’s basketball team at Purdue Northwest.
Guard Tim Gilmore is one of two California natives joining PNW this season, and last played for Antelope Valley Community College. Junior Brennon Palmer is another transfer playing with the Pride this season, as he spent the last two seasons playing at Cypress College in southern California, where he put up 12 PPG and 5.1 RPG in two seasons with the Chargers.
Finally, freshman Brennan Schofield will don the Black and Gold after spending last season at the prestigious IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Schofield also competed for Spire Academy in Ohio, where he scored 14 PPG and 6 RPG.
SCOUTING THE HAWKS
Rockhurst is coming off a 14-14 season, and will be playing its first game of the season when they face the Pride on Friday. GLVC Freshman of the Year Curtis Lewis is the leading returning scorer for the Hawks, as he averaged 15.9 PPG and 5.1 APG.
SCOUTING THE CARDINALS
William Jewell will be hosting this segment of the GLIAC/GLVC Challenge, and they were 20-9 in 2017-18. Senior Keith Hayes was the leading scorer for the Cardinals through their first two games this season, averaging 22.5 PPG.
Purdue Northwest will host 13 games this season, with seven being at the Fitness and Recreation Center (FNRC) on the Hammond Campus and six being played at the Dworkin Student Services and Activities Center (DSSAC) on the Westville Campus. The first chance to see the Pride at home will be Nov. 14 against Lincoln Christian (FNRC). The first conference home game will be Nov. 29 against Davenport (DSSAC), followed by a Dec. 1 game against Grand Valley State (FNRC). Dec. 4 Moody Bible will come to Hammond to take on the Black and Gold (FNRC). Next up PNW will match up with Judson University on Dec. 18 (DSSAC). After the holiday break, Jan. 3 will bring the Saginaw Valley State Cardinals to Westville for a conference matchup (DSSAC). Jan. 10 the Pride will take on Wayne State (FNRC), followed by a Jan. 12 matchup with the Ashland Eagles (DSSAC). Next up the Black and Gold will welcome Michigan Tech on Jan. 31 (FNRC), and will face Northern Michigan on Feb. 2 (DSSAC). To wrap up the season, PNW will host three consecutive games, beginning with Ferris State on Feb. 21 (FNRC). The Lake Superior State Lakers will come to town Feb. 23 (DSSAC), before the season concludes with a matchup against Parkside on Feb. 28 (FNRC).