- Top 100 returnees: F Boris Bakovic (1st)
- Other key returnees: G Ryan McNeilly, G Josh Budd, C Joseph Imbrogno
- Newcomers: G-F Scott Wheler, F Matthew Lapointe, F Kris Montague (last played in '06-07)
- Coach: Roy Rana (first season)
- Offence and defence: 97, 100 (-3)
- Last year's results: 14-14 overall, 19th in RPI
- Looking ahead: You can't stop Boris Bakovic, you can only hope to contain him. The 6-foot-7 forward was statistically the country's best player and his 27.3 per game (augmented by a 9.5 rebounding average) makes up a big chunk of the Ryerson's returning scoring (76% of points return). That figure might skew their ranking upward to some extent, admittedly, since you have to scroll through another 112 names before finding the next Ram, the fourth-year guard McNeilly.
Ryerson went winless vs. CIS foes in non-conference play, but it's way too early to get out the jump-to-conclusions mat with a team that just hired its coach in the second week of August. The optimistic take, and let's be honest, a top team in the GTA wouldn't be such a bad thing for the profile of CIS men's basketball is that Rana has two seasons left with Bakovic in the pivot to build a beachhead and get some buzz around the program.
As for this season, Ryerson obviously needs a reliable scorer not named Bakovic or McNeilly. Wheler is a bit of slasher on the wing and could be that player. In the long run, they're going to alter the dynamic of the OUA East, perhaps not all at once.
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