Bulldog fans will receive their first look at the 2017-18 Allan Hancock College basketball teams on Wednesday, October 18, during the college's annual Meet the Bulldogs event at 5 p.m. inside Joe White Memorial Gymnasium. Each team will play an intrasquad game. There will also be three-point shooting and slam dunk contests.
The event is free and open to the public.
The women's basketball team is coming off their most successful season in more than 20 years. Fifth-year head coach Cary Nerelli welcomes back three starters from last year's squad that won 17 games and made the playoffs for the first time in nearly two decades. Guards Taylor Lee-Hammer and Karly Beyers, and center Grace Rosa were three of the team's four-leading scorers last season. Lee-Hammer averaged 12.6 points and ranked third in the state by shooting 44 percent from 3-point territory. Rosa, a Paso Robles High School graduate, averaged 12.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Beyers, a Pioneer Valley High School graduate, averaged almost 10 points per game and shot 35-percent from beyond the arc. Sophomores Anamarie Fruge, Hannah Walls and redshirt freshman Calley Pruett, all Central Coast natives, are also back for the Bulldogs. Some of the new faces for Hancock this season include Nipomo High School graduates Sidney Aguilera and Kiesa Romera, as well as Brianna Rubalcaba, who won a CIF title last season with Madera High School.
The women's basketball team opens the 2017-18 season at 5 p.m. on Friday, November 3 at L.A. Southwest.
Tyson Aye returns for his fifth season as head coach of the men's basketball team. After winning 14 games last season and finishing fourth in conference, expectations are high for the Bulldogs this season. Hancock seeks its first playoff bid in four seasons. Sophomore guard Shane Carney, who averaged 12.0 points and 3.3 assists per game as a freshman in 2015-16, returns to lead the offense after receiving a medical redshirt last season. Santa Maria High School graduate Shemarr Parker also returns. The forward averaged 6 points and 3 rebounds his freshman season for the Bulldogs. Aye also welcomes several freshmen and transfer who are expected to play key roles. Guard Devin Davis averaged 13 points and 5 boards as a freshman for Colorado Northwestern College. Guard Kevin Baines transferred from Richard Community College where he averaged 3.4 points as a freshman. Glenn Jordan, a freshman guard from Washington, as well as forwards Trenton Mitchell, DJ Searcy, John Riddick, Mayowa Akinsanya and Spirit Ricks are all expected to contribute this season.
The Hancock men open the 2017-18 season at Cuesta College's three-day Rabobank Tournament that runs November 3-5. The Bulldogs will face West Hills Coalinga on the opening day at 3 p.m.