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West Coast Countdown: Bill Bayno Era Begins at LMU

Nov. 6, 2008

After suffering through a 5-26 season in 2007-08, Loyola Marymount hired Bill Bayno to revitalize the Lions' program. LMU will have a much different look this season as the former UNLV head coach and Portland Trail Blazers assistant has revamped the Lions' roster, welcoming in a solid recruiting class of eight newcomers. Two of the Lions newcomers, junior guard Larry Davis (Seton Hall) and sophomore forward Drew Viney (Oregon), will redshirt the upcoming season due to NCAA transfer rules.

The Lions do have a solid nucleus to build around as they welcome back six letterwinners from last year's squad. In addition, four of those returners started at least nine games.

Bayno, who was hired in April of 2008, has had success at the collegiate level, previously guiding the UNLV Runnin' Rebels to a 94-64 record in five seasons. He led the Rebels to the postseason in four of those five seasons, including NCAA Tournament bids in 2000 and 1998.

LIONS' TOP RETURNING PLAYERS
NAME YEAR
POSITION
2007-08 KEY STATS
Tim Diederichs Sophomore
Forward
8.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg, .530 FG %
Corey Counts Senior
Guard
6.1 ppg, 2.8 apg, .389 3-pt FG %
Marko Deric Senior
Forward
5.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 12 blocks

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT BACKCOURT

Senior point guard Corey Counts ranked 10th in the WCC in assists last season.


Senior point guard Corey Counts returns to the LMU backcourt after making 22 starts last season. Counts, a former walk-on, has emerged as a steady point guard for the Lions. Last season, Counts averaged 6.1 points per game, while leading LMU in assists with 2.84 assists per game, good for 10th in the WCC.

The Lions should get a boost from sophomore transfer Vernon Teel. The 6-4 transfer from Chipola College turned in a solid all-around game in LMU's 81-51 exhibition win over Hope International. Teel tossed in a game-high 19 points, added eight rebounds, and handed out a team-best seven assists in 29 minutes of action.

Freshman Jarred DuBois, a 6-3 guard from Westchester High School, is expected to see time at the guard position as well. DuBois added four points, three assists, three rebounds, and a game-high four steals in the Lions' win over Hope International.

Rounding out the Lions' guard rotation is senior guard Chris Kanne. Kanne tossed in 11 points against Hope International on 4-of-4 shooting from the field, including 3-for-3 from beyond the arc.

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT FRONTCOURT

Senior forward Marko Deric is the most experienced Lion with 82 career games under his belt.


Headlining the list of returners in the Lions' frontcourt is sophomore forward Tim Diederichs, who became the first freshman in LMU history to start every game in his first season. The Seattle, Wash. native is the Lions' top returning scorer at 8.2 points per game, while adding 3.4 boards per game last season. His 255 points and 106 rebounds ranked 10th and ninth, respectively, in program history for a freshman. He was also the Lions most efficient scorer, knocking down 53 percent of his attempts from the field.

Senior Marko Deric, who has seen action in 82 games during his career at Loyola Marymount, will need to provide guidance to the youthful Lions. Deric, one of three seniors on the Lions' roster, averaged 5.8 ppg and 2.8 rpg, while making 13 starts.

Sophomores Brad Sweezy and Terron Sutton round out the list of returners. Sutton a 6-9 F/C suffered a knee injury during the preseason and will miss the entire season. Sweezy, who played in 29 games last season, earning nine starts, could see increased playing time this season.

A trio of freshman should also see significant playing time in Kevin Young, Ashley Hamilton, and LaRon Armstead. All three turned in solid debut performances against Hope International. Young posted a double-double with 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, seven coming on the offensive boards. He also blocked two shots and added three steals. Hamilton, an explosive 6-7 athlete, chipped in seven points, hauled down eight rebounds, and dished out four assists, while Armstead scored 11 points and grabbed seven boards.