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THE GANNON KNIGHT

New Look Knights: 2023-24 Gannon Men’s Basketball Preview

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Erie, Pa– The Gannon Golden Knights men’s basketball season is just over two weeks from tipping off, and after a major offseason within the program, the team looks to improve on its performance from last season.

To say last year’s Gannon Men’s Basketball season was a disappointment would be an understatement. The 2022-23 season came to a merciful end on February 25th with a 70-105 loss to Mercyhurst. That ended the Golden Knights’ season at an abysmal 3-23 overall record, good for the third-worst record in the PSAC. Along with the end of the season came the beginning of an offseason of changes for the Golden Knights Men’s Basketball Program. This offseason of change brought a new head coach and nine new players to accompany five returners. Last season, Jordan Fee won a Division-2 National Championship as the Associate Head Coach at Nova Southeastern University. This season, he will try to lead a Golden Knights team back to the winning ways the program has become accustomed to over the last decade. Over the last ten years, the Gannon Men’s Basketball has enjoyed seven winning seasons, three NCAA tournament births, and a PSAC Championship, however, last season marked a low point for the program. Now, it is up to Fee to right the ship.

He will be attempting to do so with a plethora of new faces around him, including four graduate transfers among the nine new members of the team. Along with the six total transfers and three first-year students, Berkay Yilmaz, Michael Lucarotti, Josh Omojafo, Thomas Whitley, and Cenker Evran all return for their redemption campaign from the 22-23 season under Fee’s new staff.

This year’s Golden Knights begin the season on November 10th in Charleston, WV against Glenville State, as a part of the Atlantic Region Tip-Off Challenge. The Knights’ first home contest of the season will come on November 15th against Penn State DuBois. This season’s home contests will take place at the Highmark Events Center throughout the end of December, before transitioning to the Hagerty Family Events Center on the campus of Cathedral Prep due to renovations at the Highmark.

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Regardless of whether the Knights are playing at Gannon or at Cathedral Prep, the eyes of the city of Erie will be on Coach Jordan Fee and his new-look Knights to see just how much difference a year, a new staff, and nine new players can make.

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Jonathan Williams, Sports Editor
This semester’s Sports Editor for the Gannon Knight is Jonathan Williams. He is a graduate student from Bamberg, South Carolina pursuing his master's in strategic communications. He graduated with a Bachelor's in English from LaGrange College in 2021, before grad transferring to Gannon last fall. This will be his first time writing for a newspaper; however, he is very excited about this opportunity. Upon graduating in December, he plans to pursue a career in sports journalism. In addition to the paper, Jonathan is a member of Gannon's football team, and was named a PSAC Scholar Athlete for the 22-23 school year. He is also a part of Gannon's radio station: 90.5 WERG. In my downtime, he loves to play the piano, play soccer, and spend time with friends and teammates. Thank you for all of your support with The Gannon Knight!

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