By Jeff Goodman
Thirty-nine points. Total. That’s the number that Pacific coach Bob Thomason returns from last year’s team.
``We still have name tags on,” Thomason joked about the influx of new faces that have arrived.
Khalik Kelley is the lone scholarship player back who got into the scoring column a year ago. He had 34 points in the entire season. Walk-on Jordan Turner added five points.
``Nobody returns less,” Thomason said. ``No one can beat that.”
I imagine he’s correct.
``If we do well, it’ll show that experience is overrated,’’ Thomason said.
But Thomason realizes his team will take some lumps.
Four of his top six scorers graduated, four others transferred and three redshirted a year ago. Another was Creighton transfer Andrew Bock, who had to sit out.
``I like my guys,” Thomason said.
He’d just better work on their names.
There are, by my count, nine new faces – all from the junior college ranks.
``I know our depth will be better,” Thomason said. ``And I think we’ll be better at the 1, 2 and 3 spots.”
If there is a positive for Thomason, it’s that a year from now the top two teams in the league -- Long Beach and UC Santa Barbara -- will both lose the majority of their top players. That's consolation for Thomason since he doesn’t have a single senior.