Loyola lost a lot:
– Eric Etherly, a 6-7 All-MAAC PF who led them in rebounds and was neck-and-neck for their scoring lead.
– Robert Olson, a good wing who was a dangerous shooter and third in scoring on the team.
Anthony Winbush, a 6-7 PF who was a starter and their second best rebounder.
– Julius Brooks, a 6-9 center who was one of their first players off the bench.
Additionally all of Patsos’ recruits left after he took the Siena job. However GG Smith did manage to land a couple of decent recruits in the spring. Also they will add a transfer, Denzel Brito, who may be a solid player.
On the plus side, they return wing Dylon Cormier, who was their top all-around player and who will definitely have a shot to make 1st team All-PL. Also they return starting PG RJ Williams, who was suspended the first half of last year, plus 6-9 part-time starter Jordan Latham, who is an OK player and good shot blocker.
I think they have a shot to finish at the bottom of the PL first division. Currently I pick them for 6th place.