2016–17 North Dakota Fighting Hawks men's basketball team

The 2016–17 North Dakota Fighting Hawks Men's Basketball team represented the University of North Dakota during the 2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Fighting Hawks, led by 11th-year head coach Brian Jones, played their home games at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota as members of the Big Sky Conference. They finished the season 22–10, 14–4 in Big Sky play to win the Big Sky regular season championship. In the Big Sky Tournament, they defeated Portland State, Idaho, and Weber State to win the tournament championship. As a result, they received the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. As a No. 15 seed in the West region, they lost to No. 2-seeded and No. 4-ranked Arizona in the First Round.

2016–17 North Dakota Fighting Hawks men's basketball
Big Sky regular season and tournament champions
NCAA Tournament, First Round
ConferenceBig Sky Conference
2016–17 record22–10 (14–4 Big Sky)
Head coachBrian Jones (11th season)
Assistant coaches
Home arenaBetty Engelstad Sioux Center
2016–17 Big Sky men's basketball standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L PCT  W L PCT
North Dakota144 .778  2210  .688
Eastern Washington135 .722  2212  .647
Idaho126 .667  1914  .576
Weber State126 .667  2014  .588
Montana117 .611  1616  .500
Montana State117 .611  1616  .500
Sacramento State99 .500  1318  .419
Portland State711 .389  1516  .484
Northern Colorado*711 .389  1118  .379
Northern Arizona612 .333  923  .281
Southern Utah315 .167  627  .182
Idaho State315 .167  526  .161
Conference tournament winner

Previous season

The Fighting Hawks finished the 2015–16 season 17–16, 10–8 in Big Sky play to finish in a tie for fifth place. They defeated Southern Utah and Idaho State to advance to the semifinals of the Big Sky Tournament where they lost to Weber State. They were invited to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament where they lost in the First Round to UC Irvine.

Offseason

Departures

NameNumberPos.HeightWeightYearHometownNotes
Adam McDermott3G6'4"175FreshmanCedar Falls, IATransferred to Northern Iowa
Shane Benton10C7'0"230RS SeniorCedar Rapids, IAGraduated
Wheeler Baker13G6'2"175SophomoreBrooklyn Park, MNLeft the team due to personal reasons
Dustin Hobaugh25F6'5"200RS SeniorLeague City, TXGraduated
Bryce Cashman31C6'10"225SophomoreWeston, MOLeft the team due to personal reasons
James Richman50F6'7"220RS FreshmanTower City, NDWalk-on; didn't return

Incoming transfers

NameNumberPos.HeightWeightYearHometownPrevious School
Solomon Rolls-Tyson10F6'8"200JuniorBirmingham, ALJunior college transferred from College of Eastern Utah
Jafar Kinsey11G6'2"185JuniorSyracuse, NYJunior college transferred to Des Moines Area CC
Marlon Stewart13G6'3"190SophomoreEldridge, IATransferred from Creighton. Under NCAA transfer rules, Stewart will have to sit out for the 2016–17 season. Will have three years of remaining eligibility.

2016 recruiting class

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Kienan Walter
SG
Vancouver, WA King's Way Christian School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 185 lb (84 kg) May 28, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 67
Billy Brown
SG
Spirit Lake, IA Spirit Lake High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Jun 22, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: NR
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2016 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2016-08-24.

    2017 incoming recruits

    Roster

    2016–17 North Dakota Fighting Hawks men's basketball team
    PlayersCoaches
    Pos.#NameHeightWeightYearPrevious schoolHometown
    G 0 Geno Crandall 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)170 lb (77 kg) RS SoDeLaSalle Minneapolis, MN
    G 1 Corey Baldwin 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)190 lb (86 kg) SrWarren Harden
    Northeastern Oklahoma A&M
    Bridgeport, CT
    F 2 Josh Collins 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)220 lb (100 kg) SoDeLaSalle Minneapolis, MN
    G 3 Billy Brown 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)175 lb (79 kg) FrSpirit Lake Spirit Lake, IA
    C 5 Carson Shanks 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)245 lb (111 kg) RS JrPrior Lake
    Utah State
    Prior Lake, MN
    F 10 Solomon Rolls-Tyson 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)200 lb (91 kg) JrWest Midlands
    Utah State Eastern
    Birmingham, England
    G 11 Jafar Kinsley 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)185 lb (84 kg) JrJamesville-DeWitt
    Des Moines Area CC
    Syracuse, NY
    G 13 Marlon Stewart (I)  6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)210 lb (95 kg) SoNorth Scott
    Creighton
    Eldridge, IA
    G 15 Cortez Seales 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)180 lb (82 kg) SoNorth Scott Eldridge, IA
    G 20 Thomas Blake (W) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)200 lb (91 kg) RS SrSt. Maria Goretti Hagerstown, MD
    G 21 Quinton Hooker 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)205 lb (93 kg) SrPark Center Brooklyn Park, MN
    F 23 Kienan Walter 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)190 lb (86 kg) FrKing's Way Christian Vancouver, WA
    G 25 Devon Pekas 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)210 lb (95 kg) SrHawley
    Liberty
    Hawley, MN
    F 32 Conner Avants 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)230 lb (104 kg) SoDeer Creek Edmond, OK
    F 43 Drick Bernstine 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)220 lb (100 kg) RS JrCherokee Trail
    Denver
    Aurora, CO
    Head coach
    Assistant coach(es)

    Legend
    • (C) Team captain
    • (S) Suspended
    • (I) Ineligible
    • (W) Walk-on

    Roster

    Schedule and results

    Date
    time, TV
    Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
    city, state
    Non-conference regular season
    11/11/2016*
    1:00 PM
    Crown W 98–48  1–0
    Betty Engelstad Sioux Center 
    Grand Forks, ND
    11/15/2016*
    7:00 PM
    Mayville State W 94–66  2–0
    Betty Engelstad Sioux Center (1,681)
    Grand Forks, ND
    11/20/2016*
    4:00 PM
    Presentation W 101–63  3–0
    Betty Engelstad Sioux Center (1,573)
    Grand Forks, ND
    11/25/2016*
    3:30 PM
    vs. North Florida
    Men vs. Cancer Classic
    L 75–76  3–1
    Nutter Center (3,123)
    Dayton, OH
    11/26/2016*
    6:00 PM
    at Wright State
    Men vs. Cancer Classic
    L 79–83  3–2
    Nutter Center (3,024)
    Dayton, OH
    11/27/2016*
    1:00 PM
    vs. Cal State Bakersfield
    Men vs. Cancer Classic
    W 57–55  4–2
    Nutter Center (2,975)
    Dayton, OH
    12/07/2016*
    7:00 PM, ESPN3
    at North Dakota State W 74–56  5–2
    Scheels Center (5,022)
    Fargo, ND
    12/10/2016*
    7:00 PM, ESPN3
    at Northern Iowa L 70–78  5–3
    McLeod Center (4,521)
    Cedar Falls, IA
    12/16/2016*
    8:00 PM
    North Dakota State L 70–87  5–4
    Betty Engelstad Sioux Center (2,428)
    Grand Forks, ND
    12/20/2016*
    8:00 PM, BTN
    at Iowa L 73–84  5–5
    Carver–Hawkeye Arena (11,099)
    Iowa City, IA
    Big Sky regular season
    12/29/2016
    9:00 PM
    at Portland State L 62–99  5–6
    (0–1)
    Peter Stott Center (612)
    Portland, OR
    12/31/2016
    2:00 PM
    at Sacramento State W 90–82 OT 6–6
    (1–1)
    Hornets Nest (505)
    Sacramento, CA
    01/05/2017
    7:00 PM
    Northern Arizona W 68–63  7–6
    (2–1)
    Betty Engelstad Sioux Center (1,518)
    Grand Forks, ND
    01/07/2017
    4:00 PM
    Southern Utah W 95–65  8–6
    (3–1)
    Betty Engelstad Sioux Center (1,749)
    Grand Forks, ND
    01/12/2017
    8:00 PM
    at Montana State W 90–85  9–7
    (4–1)
    Brick Breeden Fieldhouse (2,629)
    Bozeman, MT
    01/14/2017
    8:00 PM
    at Montana L 70–76  9–7
    (4–2)
    Dahlberg Arena (3,719)
    Missoula, MT
    01/19/2017
    7:00 PM
    Weber State W 83–77  10–7
    (5–2)
    Betty Engelstad Sioux Center (2,362)
    Grand Forks, ND
    01/21/2017
    2:00 PM
    Idaho State W 89–64  11–7
    (6–2)
    Betty Engelstad Sioux Center (2,570)
    Grand Forks, ND
    01/26/2017
    7:30 PM
    at Southern Utah W 91–89  12–7
    (7–2)
    Centrum Arena (2,069)
    Cedar City, UT
    01/28/2017
    3:00 PM
    at Northern Arizona L 67–68  12–8
    (7–3)
    Walkup Skydome (1,658)
    Flagstaff, AZ
    02/04/2017
    2:00 PM
    Northern Colorado W 87–77 OT 13–8
    (8–3)
    Betty Engelstad Sioux Center (2,352)
    Grand Forks, ND
    02/09/2017
    7:00 PM
    Eastern Washington W 95–86  14–8
    (9–3)
    Betty Engelstad Sioux Center (1,891)
    Grand Forks, ND
    02/11/2017
    4:00 PM
    Idaho W 88–65  15–8
    (10–3)
    Betty Engelstad Sioux Center (2,345)
    Grand Forks, ND
    02/16/2017
    8:00 PM
    at Idaho State W 77–61  16–8
    (11–3)
    Holt Arena (1,415)
    Pocatello, ID
    02/18/2017
    8:00 PM
    at Weber State W 77–68  17–8
    (12–3)
    Dee Events Center (7,658)
    Logan, UT
    02/25/2017
    8:00 PM
    at Northern Colorado W 84–81 OT 18–8
    (13–3)
    Bank of Colorado Arena (2,132)
    Greeley, CO
    03/02/2017
    7:00 PM
    Sacramento State L 53–57  18–9
    (13–4)
    Betty Engelstad Sioux Center (2,266)
    Grand Forks, ND
    03/04/2017
    4:00 PM
    Portland State W 82–73  19–9
    (14–4)
    Betty Engelstad Sioux Center (2,870)
    Grand Forks, ND
    Big Sky Tournament
    03/09/2017
    12:05 PM
    (1) vs. (8) Portland State
    Quarterfinals
    W 95–72  20–9
    Reno Events Center (1,762)
    Reno, NV
    03/09/2017
    5:35 PM
    (1) vs. (4) Idaho
    Semifinals
    W 69–64  21–9
    Reno Events Center (2,003)
    Reno, NV
    03/09/2017
    5:30 PM, ESPNU
    (1) vs. (3) Weber State
    Championship
    W 93–89 OT 22–9
    Reno Events Center (2,025)
    Reno, NV
    NCAA Tournament
    03/16/2017*
    8:30 PM, TBS
    (15 W) vs. (2 W) No. 4 Arizona
    First Round
    L 82–100  22–10
    Vivint Smart Home Arena (16,341)
    Salt Lake City, UT
    *Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. W=West Region Source[1][2].
    All times are in Central Time.

    References

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