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WITH THE 2012-13 SEASON ON THE HORIZON, MEN’S BASKETBALL BEGINS PRACTICE OCT. 12

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento State men's basketball team, guided by fifth-year head coach Brian Katz, will open its preseason practice schedule on Friday, Oct. 12, at 5 p.m. Like all practices throughout the preseason and regular season, practice is not open to the public.

Practice will continue 5-6 days a week leading up to the team's lone home exhibition game on Tuesday, Oct. 30, against Simpson at 7:05 p.m. The Hornets' season opener and home opener is Friday, Nov. 9, against UC Merced at 7:05 p.m. The team will play four of its first six regular season games inside the friendly confines, with other early season home matchups coming against CSU Bakersfield (Nov. 14), UC Davis (Nov. 20) and Dominican (Nov. 27).

Below are some team notes and player briefs heading into the 2012-13 season.

QUICK HITS


• Sacramento State, which went 10-18 overall and 5-11 in the Big Sky, returns each of its top five scorers from a year ago, comprised of forward John Dickson (12.4 ppg), swingman Joe Eberhard (11.1 ppg), shooting guard Jackson Carbajal (11.1 ppg), center Konner Veteto (9.0 ppg) and point guard Dylan Garrity (8.1 ppg). In fact, the team returns over 75 percent (.759) of its offensive production from last season.

• Overall, Sacramento State returns eight players from last year's team, including four starters. The 15-man roster will also be made up of seven newcomers, including two freshmen, four junior college transfers, and a Div. I transfer. The roster is upperclassmen-oriented with five seniors, six juniors, two sophomores and two freshmen. Junior forward Alex Tiffin, who transferred from UC Davis, is ineligible to play this season because of NCAA transfer rules.

• The Hornets went 1-5 last season in games decided by five points or less, and are 4-12 in such games dating back two years.

• Last season, the Hornets posted double figures in wins for the first time since the 2006-07 season.

• The team has increased its conference win total three straight seasons.

• After going 0-8 during the first half of Big Sky play in 2011-12, the Hornets went 5-3 during the second half.

• Sacramento State won its most road games (4) since the 2005-06 season.

• The Hornets' field goal percentage of .451 was the team's best mark in the Div. I era (1991-pres.), and the best since the 1988-89 season.

• Sacramento State finished with a positive rebounding margin (+1.5 per game) for the second time in 25 years.

• In the team's 86-76 win against Montana State, Sacramento State shot 62.2 percent from the field, the best single-game mark during the Hornets' Div. I era (1991-pres.).

• With road wins at Northern Colorado and Eastern Washington on Feb. 2-4, the Hornets swept their first Big Sky road trip since Jan. 12-14, 2006.

• The Hornets won four straight games (Jan. 28-Feb. 9) for the first time since the 2005-06 squad won five in a row from Dec. 29 through Jan. 14. The winning streak matched the second longest during the team's Div. I era.

• The 34-point margin of victory against Northern Arizona was the Hornets' largest against a Div. I opponent during the team's Div. I era.

• In the 69-61 victory at UC Davis on Nov. 22, Sacramento State came back from a 17-point deficit to win, marking the team's largest comeback victory during the program's Div. I era. The Hornets were trailing, 32-15, with 2:19 left in the first half.

• The Hornets have converted at least one three-pointer in 507 straight games, a streak which dates back to Nov. 28, 1993.

• Academically, of the 14 Hornets that have expired their eligibility under Katz, 11 have graduated, and the remaining three are on pace to graduate this fall.

• Shooting guard Jordan Estrada, who wore #2 last season, will switch his jersey number to #0.

• All regular-season home contests, and road games played at a Big Sky Conference venue can again be seen live and free via webcast at www.bigskytv.org.

• Steve McElroy returns for his 16th season as the radio voice of the Hornets. All games can be heard live via www.hornetsports.com.

• The coaching staff remains the same in 2012-13 as assistant coaches Brandon LairdAjay Riding and Travis Okamoto will be back, as well as Chris Walker overseeing operations. Laird was promoted to associate head coach on June 7.

RETURNERS

#0 Jordan Estrada - G, 6-1, 190, Sr., Concord, Calif.
Played in 22 games, including eight starts…was named a team tri-captain before the season started despite entering his first year with the team…missed one game with a hip injury early in the year, and five more with a knee injury during conference play…averaged 2.9 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game…of his 94 field goal attempts, 82 came from beyond the three-point line…despite being a guard, he committed just 11 turnovers all season, or one every 36.0 minutes of play…committed just three turnovers during his final 15 games of the year…his 18 made three-pointers ranked as the fifth best mark on the team.

#1 Jackson Carbajal - G, 6-3, 190, Jr., Clovis, Calif.

Appeared in 18 games, starting the final 12 games of the season…averaged 11.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 21.4 minutes per game while shooting .475 (77-162) from the field and .358 (24-67) from the three-point line…scoring average was tied for the second best on the team…played two minutes of the season opener before injuring his knee, and missed the next 10 games…played in the team's final 17 games of the season after returning from the injury…scored in double figures in each of the team's final six, and nine of the last 10 games of the season…over the final six games of the season, Carbajal averaged a team-high 16.5 points per game on .549 (39-71) shooting from the field and .417 (10-24) from the three-point line

#3 Joe Eberhard - G/F, 6-6, 210, Sr., Newport Beach, Calif.
Appeared in all 28 games, starting 27 times…led the conference with 35.7 minutes per game, and became just the second player in school history to accumulate 1,000 minutes in a season…averaged 11.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 0.6 steals per game…shot .502 (112-223) from the field, .458 (44-96) from the three-point line and .759 (44-58) from the free throw line…the .458 three-point percentage was the second-best single-season mark in school history, and the 35.7 minutes per game is the fourth best mark…among Big Sky leaders, he ranked first in minutes, third in three-point field goal percentage, 10th in rebounding, 11th in field goal percentage, 12th in three-pointers made per game (1.6) and 16th in scoring…played at least 37 minutes on 17 occasions.

#5 Dylan Garrity - G, 6-2, 175, So., Huntington Beach, Calif.
Played in all 28 games, including 27 starts as the team's point guard as a true freshman…finished seventh in the nation with 6.9 assists per game to go along with a 2.3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio (36th in the nation)…named the Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year, becoming the third Hornet to earn the award since the program joining the league in 1996-97…also named honorable mention all-conference…named to the collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Freshmen All-America Team…posted averages of 8.1 points, 2.3 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 0.9 steals in 33.8 minutes per game…easily led the Big Sky in assists, and was the only freshman in the nation to rank among the top 25 players in assists per game…assisted on over 29 percent of the Hornets' made buckets, had at least 12 assists on five occasions and posted four double-doubles (points and assists)…had a 16-assist performance against Montana State that not only set a school record, but tied for the most by any Div. I player during the season.

#11 Julian Demalleville - G, 6-2, 190, Sr., San Luis Obispo, Calif.
One of six Hornets to appear in all 28 games, including two starts…served as the team's backup point guard…finished the season with averages of 0.9 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 8.0 minutes per contest…season highs included 22 minutes vs. Idaho State, five points at Cal Poly, three assists vs. Eastern Washington, six rebounds vs. Cal Maritime, and two steals vs. Northern Colorado…committed just 17 turnovers all season, or one every 13.2 minutes of play…started road games at Weber State and Northern Colorado.

#12 Kendell Groom - G, 6-3, 175, Jr., New Haven, Conn.
Played in 19 games in his second season with the team…finished with averages of 0.4 points, 0.4 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 0.4 steals per game…played a season-high nine minutes against both Southeast Missouri and Montana…had two points and two steals at Montana on Jan. 21…had a season-high two assists against both Oklahoma and Southeast Missouri…averaged 3.9 minutes per contest.

#32 John Dickson - F, 6-6, 200, Sr., San Francisco, Calif.

A team tri-captain, Dickson appeared in 28 games, including 18 starts…posted averages of 12.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.0 blocked shots and 25.6 minutes per game…shot 43.1 percent (122-283) from the field and 73.2 percent (93-127) from the free throw line…led the Hornets in scoring, field goals made, field goals attempted, free throws made, free throws attempted and blocked shots (28)…scored at least 20 points on six occasions, including a career-high 26 points at home against Portland State…also had 21 at Washington State, 24 vs. Southeast Missouri, 20 at Eastern Washington, and 20 against Weber State on a pair of occasions…scored in double figures 16 times, and now has 52 double-figure scoring efforts during his career…has 942 career points, and is now just 58 points shy of becoming the 10th player in school history to score 1,000 points, and fifth in the program's Div. I history (1991-pres.).

#41 Konner Veteto - C, 6-8, 290, Sr., Auburn, Calif.
Appeared in 27 games, including five starts…missed the game at Washington State with a knee injury…was the Hornets' fourth leading scorer at 9.0 points per game…also averaged 4.7 rebounds and 18.8 minutes…shot .497 (89-179) from the field, the 12th best mark in the Big Sky…his 111 free throw attempts were second most on the team…averaged one free throw attempt every 4.6 minutes played…scored in double figures 10 times, including a season-best 25 points vs. Idaho State, and 24 against Northern Arizona…lone double-double came against North Dakota when he had 14 points and 10 rebounds…helped the Hornets overcome a 17-point deficit to beat local rival UC Davis after posting 14 points and nine rebounds…averaged one point every 2.1 minutes played.

NEWCOMERS

#2 Cody Demps - G, 6-4, 185, Fr., Elk Grove, Calif.
A 2012 graduate of Pleasant Grove High School in Elk Grove, Calif…a two-sport athlete at Pleasant Grove, Demps was named to ESPN's Cal-Hi Sports Grid-Hoop (basketball and football) first team all-state squad after leading the Eagles to the 2012 Sac-Joaquin Section Div. I basketball semifinals, and quarterbacking the football team to the section championship game…played four years of both basketball (shooting guard) and football (quarterback)…was a three-year starter for the basketball team where he was a two-time first team all-Delta River League selection during his final two seasons, including a first team all-Metro choice his senior year by The Sacramento Bee…during that senior season, he averaged 15.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.5 blocked shots per game while shooting .486 from the field, .533 from the three-point line and .735 from the free throw line.

#4 Joey Quigley - F, 6-8, 210, Jr., Kansas City, Mo.
Played two seasons of basketball at Southwestern Illinois College (2010-12) in Belleville, Ill…during his two years, he helped the Blue Storm to a pair of semifinal appearances at the NJCAA Region XXIV Tournament as well as a combined 40-18 overall record and 20-12 mark in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference…was asked to play all five positions during his two-year tenure at SWIC, which included starting at point guard five times…started every game as a sophomore (primarily at power forward) and was a part-time starter as a freshman…one of three players from Southwestern Illinois College to sign with Div. I programs after the 2011-12 season, Quigley was a first team all-region and all-conference selection as a sophomore after averaging 7.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.6 blocked shots per game.

#10 Mikh McKinney - G, 6-1, 165, So., Union City, Calif.
Spent two years at Fremont's Ohlone College, redshirting in 2010-11, and playing his freshman season in 2011-12…as a freshman, he was a first team all-state and first team all-Coast Conference selection after averaging 14.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.0 steals per game while shooting 53.0 percent (123-232) from the field, 40.9 percent (18-44) from the three-point line and 80.0 percent (100-125) from free throw line…averaged nearly five free throw attempts per game, and led Ohlone in points, field goals, free throws made and attempted, assists and steals…the team finished the year with a 15-12 overall record and an 8-4 mark in the Coast League (North Division).

#15 Ryan Okwudibonye - C, 6-8, 230, Jr., Huntington Beach, Calif.

Played two seasons of basketball (2010-12) at New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs, N.M…played in all 50 games during his two-year career, and was part of a 2011-12 Thunderbird team that went 23-9 overall, 10-4 in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference and made the school's first appearance at the NJCAA Region V Tournament since the 1997-98 season…as a sophomore, he started 21 of 32 games, and finished the year with averages of 4.6 points and 4.6 rebounds while shooting 43.8 percent (60-137) from the field…was second on the team in rebounding, and third in blocked shots…as a freshman, he helped the team to a 19-9 overall record after averaging 5.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game while shooting 58.1 percent (72-124) from the field.

#20 Dreon Barlett - G, 6-3, 170, Fr., Pasadena, Calif.
A 2012 graduate of Edison High School in Huntington Beach, Calif…was a two-time first team all-Sunset League selection during his two seasons at Edison, and was selected to the all-CIF Southern Section 1A squad as a senior…was a high school teammate of current Sacramento State point guard Dylan Garrity where the duo both started for the 2010-11 Edison HS squad that went 26-3 overall, won a Sunset League championship and made a CIF Southern Section quarterfinal appearance…during his senior season, he helped the Chargers to a CIF Southern Section second-round appearance while scoring a league-leading 22.8 points per game to go with 6.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals…shot 44.0 percent (182-414) from the field and 36.2 percent (81-224) from the three-point line while scoring in double figures in every game during the season.

#22 Jordan Salley - F, 6-6, 230, Jr., La Verne, Calif.
Played two years of basketball (2010-12) at Santa Rosa Junior College in California…as a sophomore, he was one of three players to appear in all 32 games for a Santa Rosa squad that went 26-6 overall, won the Big 8 Conference championship with a 14-1 mark, and finished the season ranked second in the RPI among all California junior colleges…on a team that mostly relied on outside shooting (10.5 three-pointers made per game), Salley averaged 4.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots while shooting 55.0 percent (60-109) from the field…missed most of his freshman season (2010-11) with a knee injury.

#34 Alex Tiffin - F, 6-9, 235, Jr., Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Spent his freshman (2010-11) and sophomore (2011-12) seasons at UC Davis…played in 59 of a possible 61 games during those two seasons with the Aggies…combined to average 2.7 points and 2.0 rebounds in 14.7 minutes per game while shooting 43.8 percent (60-137) from the field…started 19 games during his two seasons, including 14 his sophomore year…posted season averages of 3.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 16.3 minutes per game as a sophomore…had a career-high 10 points against Cal Poly on Jan. 28, 2012…had six points and a career-best 10 rebounds at Cal State Fullerton on Dec. 29, 2011…also had nine points at Portland in the second game of his career as a freshman.

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