HOOP SCOOP: Ospreys Welcome Webber International for Home Opener

JACKSONVILLE — After playing a gauntlet of five road games in nine days to tip-off the season, North Florida men’s basketball makes its much anticipated home debut Saturday against Webber International at 2 p.m. in UNF Arena. The game has been designated as Military Appreciation Day.
 

PROBABLE STARTERS

G – Jose Placer (10.6 PPG | 3.0 RPG | 3.0 APG)

G – Emmanuel Adedoyin (4.8 PPG | 1.2 RPG | 1.8 APG)

F – Carter Hendricksen (14.2 PPG | 4.4 RPG | 3.0 3PM/g)

F – Dorian James (6.4 PPG | 3.0 RPG | 1.2 BPG)

F – Jonathan Aybar (4.2 PPG | 3.2 RPG | 0.8 APG)

 

HARDWOOD DRIBBLINGS

– Ospreys are 22-7 all-time in home openers including a 10-2 mark under head coach Matthew Driscoll | UNF has claimed six of their last seven lidlifters with last season’s 79-77 loss to FAU the lone blemish in the streak

– The Ospreys have a pair of players averaging in double figures led by Carter Hendricksen at 14.2 PPG (9th in the ASUN) | Jose Placer averages 10.6 PPG and owns UNF’s lone 20+ point effort of the season with a 25-point performance against Arizona State

– Hendricksen also leads the team in rebounding at 4.4 RPG while Placer tops the squad at 3.0 assists per game

– North Florida has seen 11 different players earn playing time this year | All 11 have scored, pulled down rebounds and handed out an assist this year

– UNF is still searching for its first win of the season after opening the year with games against opponents from multiple Power 5 Conferences including the Big 12, SEC and Pac-12
– North Florida (AKA: “Birds of Trey”) have connected on 41 three-pointers this year including making 11 in the season opener at Texas Tech | Ospreys led the nation for 3PM in 2020 and 2016, ranked 14th in the nation last season with 10.0 per game (229 3PM)

– Of the 11 Ospreys to see playing time this year, 9 of them have attempted a trey with 7 connecting from long range | 10 have a 3PM in their UNF careers


– Webber International, a member of the NAIA, will mark 25th non-DI foe for the Ospreys under Driscoll | UNF is 23-1 in previous non-D1 contests and have topped the 100-point mark in 8 of their last 13

– Osprey’s Director of Operations Chase Driscoll, came to UNF following a one-year stint as an assistant coach for the WIU Warriors

– The Texas Tech & Texas A&M games to tipoff the year marked the third time the Ospreys have started a season with back-to-back games on consecutive nights in different locations | 2017-18 opened with games at Michigan State & Michigan | 2010-11 began with games at Florida State & Pittsburgh

– North Florida amassed 5,854 miles of air travel in their season-opening trek and played games in three different time zones (Central, Mountain, Pacific)

SNAPSHOT

– UNF finished 8-15 last season (6-6 ASUN)

– Ospreys were picked to finish 7th of 12 teams in the ASUN preseason coaches poll | UNF has finished in Top 4 of the ASUN in each of the past eight seasons

– Nine players return for the Ospreys this season including four starters

– Five of UNF’s top six scorers from last year return led by the duo of junior Carter Hendricksen (14.9 PPG) and redshirt-sophomore Jose Placer (14.5 PPG) 

– Hendricksen, a preseason All-ASUN selection, was named All-ASUN (1st team) last year while Placer garnered All-ASUN (2nd team)

Jonathan Aybar, who ranked second in the ASUN for blocked shots, earned ASUN All-Freshman accolades in 2020-21

MILESTONE WATCH

– Hendricksen needs 58 points to become the 18th player in program history with 1,000 points and is 38 rebounds shy of 500 (Would be only 10th player in program history with both)

– With 192 wins at UNF, Driscoll is just 8 victories shy of 200 and needs just four victories to move into 3rd all-time in ASUN coaching history

SCOUTING REPORT | Webber International

– Webber International carries a 2-5 record into Saturday’s clash following a 65-62 loss on Sunday versus Fort Lauderdale | Warriors have dropped three straight including a pair of Sun Conference games

– WIU is 0-2 on the road

– Tiyon Martin leads Webber in scoring at 11.9 PPG followed closely by Jaylon Myles at 11.3 PPG | David Anukaenyi averages 12.8 rebounds per game to pace the Warriors on the glass

– Head coach Gabriel Rutledge is in his second season at the helm of the WIU program and owns an 11-26 career mark on the sidelines

SERIES NOTES: North Florida holds a 3-1 edge in the all-time series | The pair will be meeting for the first time since Nov. 17, 2014 when the Ospreys earned a 79-55 victory at UNF Arena | WIU’s lone win in series came in the inaugural meeting in 1992 (98-90 at Webber)

DRISCOLL CONFIDENTIAL

“Very proud of our guys and their ability to persevere game to game during our gauntlet of a trip. They did not allow the outcome to hinder our growth as a team. Their determination to fight for each possession no matter the scenario makes this home opener that much more exciting. We are looking forward to playing in front of Osprey Nation in the UNF Arena and competing for each other so that we can continue to reap what we have sown.”

– Head coach Matthew Driscoll

 
UP NEXT

Following their home debut and a brief Thanksgiving break, North Florida returns to the road to close out the month of November with games at #12 Kentucky on Nov. 26 and a match-up with in-state rival FIU on Nov. 28.

FOLLOW THE ACTION: Stay connected with the Ospreys all season long by following @OspreyMBB and @UNFOspreys on Twitter for all of the latest UNF men’s basketball updates. Be sure to use the hashtag #SWOOPLife and #BirdsofTrey

 



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