2009-10 Records Overall Record: 18-16 WCC Record: 7-7
Name: Drew Viney Position: Forward Class: Junior
Drew Viney, a transfer from Oregon, enjoyed a breakout first year at LMU, earning All-WCC First Team honors. Viney was one of only two players in the WCC to finish the season ranked in the top five in the league in scoring (16.7 ppg) and rebounding (7.0 rpg).
The Loyola Marymount Lions enjoyed a historic 2009-10 season, having turned around a program that won five games in 2007-08 and three in 2008-09. With a roster that featured no seniors, LMU (18-16) had the second largest win-turnaround in school history and had the second-best in the country behind Coastal Carolina.
LMU advanced to its first postseason in 20 years and first at home in program history when the Lions hosted Pacific in the first round of the Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament. The Lions game against Pacific was their first postseason game since their historic run through the NCAA Tournament in 1990 and the first-ever Lions' postseason game hosted at Gersten Pavilion.
The Lions return four of their five top scorers and rebounders, including a pair of first team All-WCC selections in senior Vernon Teel and junior Drew Viney. Teel and Viney are just the 11th LMU duo to take home first-team All-WCC honors.
Viney, who transferred from Oregon, led LMU and ranked fourth in the WCC in scoring last season with 16.7 ppg and fifth in rebounding with 7.0 rpg. He joined Saint Mary's Omar Samhan as the only players in the league to rank in the top five in both categories.
Teel proved to be one of the most versatile players in the league, finishing sixth in scoring (15.4 ppg) and second in assists (5.6 apg) and steals (1.8 spg), to go along with 5.3 rpg.
Also returning is sophomore Ashley Hamilton, who earned All-WCC Freshman Team honors last season after averaging 8.2 ppg and 5.1 rpg during conference play.
The Lions welcome back 13 letterwinners from last season and add incoming freshmen Anthony Ireland, Ayodeji Egbeyemi, and Godwin Okonji to the mix.
The LMU men's basketball program has once against partnered with Basketball Travelers, Inc., for an international experience, this time on a trip to Spain running Aug. 16 through Aug. 27 and touring Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona. The Lions are scheduled to play six games during their international trip.
WCC Men's Hoops Summer Report Schedule June 23 - University of San Diego Summer Report June 30 - Loyola Marymount University July 7 - Pepperdine University July 14 - Santa Clara University July 21 - University of San Francisco July 28 - Saint Mary's College August 4 - University of Portland August 11 - Gonzaga University