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Beginning Monday, June 21st, 2004 CHN began unveiling 144 Team previews in 144 Days. CHN ranked the nations top 144 teams, and is unveiling one per day leading up until the opening day of the 2004-05 Season.


Bookmark the 144 Teams in 144 Days home page, and check back each day to see which team is previewed next.

#129 San Francisco Dons

2003-04: 17-14, 7-7, 4th



By Joel Welser



Jesse Evans took over the head spot of the Dons in April.  Evans had seven successful years at Louisiana-Lafayette, turning that program into a Sun Belt powerhouse.  It’ll take time for the full-court, up-tempo game that Evans likes to play to become effective in San Francisco.  The Dons will gladly take that in exchange for a fresh start and new sense of optimism. 


Who’s Out: Starters James Bayless and Alvin Broussard have both graduated.  Bayless led the Dons with 12.4 points per game.  USF returns the rest of their squad which is full of players waiting to step up to the starting lineup.


Who’s In: Center Jason Carter, a transfer from Colorado, has sat out his year and will see some quality minutes under the basket.  German guard Felix Czerny and Juco forward Johnny Dukes round out the Dons recruiting class.


Who to Watch: Tyrone Riley scored over 11 points and led the team with 7.2 rebounds per game last year.  He’ll be asked to score even more during his senior season.  The 6-7 forward has been inconsistent at times and if he has a streak of bad games, the Dons could be in trouble.  Riley has to stay on the floor and be a more reliable scoring threat for USF to be on top of the WCC.


Projected Conference Rank: The Dons are planning on having a difficult non-conference schedule with games against Stanford and St. Joe’s.  They’ll be prepared for the West Coast Conference match-ups by the time they come around.  The best is yet to come in San Fran and finishing 4th this year is a step in that direction.


2003-04 Post-season: none

Projected 2004-05 Post-season : none


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