'Balance' a buzzword as Loyola aims to replace Dylon Cormier

Who will replace Loyola's Dylon Cormier? Hint: It'll take more that one player.

Loyola's men's basketball team got a glimpse into the future last season when senior guard Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons) broke his hand in early February and missed the last nine games.

Now without Cormier, who is playing professionally in the Netherlands, and point guard R.J. Williams (St. Frances), who left school in the spring, the Greyhounds will completely turn over their backcourt.

It’s yet to be seen who will replace Cormier (21.2 points, 5.8 rebounds per game) as Loyola’s go-to scorer.

“Last year we definitely looked towards Dylon to do a lot of the scoring,” senior forward Franz Rassman said. “He was our first option. This year we have four or five guys who can score in double figures. It’s going to be more balanced.”

Loyola returns two starters, Rassman and junior guard Eric Laster, as well as three other players with significant experience. Junior guard Jarred Jones (John Carroll) is the leading returning scorer (8.6) and rebounder (4.5).

Junior guard Tyler Hubbard showed potential with a career-high 20 points in last year’s win over American, and senior guard Denzel Brito who will likely share point guard duties with freshman Andre Walker.

“We’re not sure what’s going to happen in the games. Once we get a couple of games under our belt, we’ll have a better feel for who we are as a team,” Laster said. “As of now, I would say we’re a more balanced team.”

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Coach: G.G. Smith, second year

Last year: 11-19; tied for seventh in Patriot League

Opener: Friday at Texas Tech