NAU men’s basketball looks for bounce-back from five-win season

Key returners: Senior Karl Harris started ten games last season. Junior Chris Bowling started 24 games and made 32 percent of his 3-pointers.

Key additions: Sophomore transfer Jonathan Andre joins the team after playing at Wallace State last season where he averaged 13 points a game. Junior Cameron Satterwhite is joining as a transfer from Loyola Chicago, a Final Four team last year.

Key games: Dec. 21 at Utah. … Dec. 29 vs. Montana. … Feb. 23 vs. Eastern Washington.

Outlook: The NAU men’s basketball team went 5-27 last season and finished last in the Big Sky. This year, the Lumberjacks are expected to finish near the bottom of the standings again. Coaches and members of the media predicted NAU would finish in eleventh place in the 11-team conference, according to the recently released conference preseason polls. … The Lumberjacks return three starters, but will have to replace their leading scorers Jojo Anderson and Torry Johnson. Anderson transferred to Nevada. Johnson transferred to Wake Forest. … Coach Jack Murphy will rely on transfers to replace them. Jonathan Andre joins the team after making an impact at Wallace State last season. Cameron Satterwhite didn’t play very many minutes for Loyola, but was with the team during its run to the 2018 Final Four.

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