2015–16 Fresno State Bulldogs men's basketball team

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2015–16 Fresno State Bulldogs men's basketball
Fresno State wordmark.png
NCAA Tournament, First Round
ConferenceMountain West Conference
2015–16 record25–10 (13–5 Mountain West)
Head coachRodney Terry (5th season)
Assistant coachJerry Wainwright
Assistant coachByron Jones
Assistant coachKenton Paulino
Home arenaSave Mart Center
Seasons
2015–16 Mountain West Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
San Diego State 16 2   .889     28 10   .737
Fresno State 13 5   .722     25 10   .714
Boise State 11 7   .611     20 12   .625
Nevada 10 8   .556     24 14   .632
New Mexico 10 8   .556     17 15   .531
Colorado State 8 10   .444     18 16   .529
UNLV 8 10   .444     18 15   .545
Utah State 7 11   .389     16 15   .516
Wyoming 7 11   .389     14 18   .438
Air Force 5 13   .278     14 18   .438
San Jose State 4 14   .222     9 22   .290
2016 MWC Tournament winner

The 2015–16 Fresno State Bulldogs men's basketball team represented California State University, Fresno during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. This was head coach Rodney Terry's fifth season at Fresno State. The Bulldogs played their home games at Save Mart Center and were members of the Mountain West Conference. They finished the season 25–10, 13–5 in Mountain West play to finish in second place. They defeated UNLV, Colorado State and San Diego State to be champions of the Mountain West Tournament. They earned the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament where they lost in the first round to Utah.

Previous season[edit]

The Bulldogs finished the season 15–17, 10–8 in Mountain West play to finish in sixth place. They lost in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Tournament to Colorado State.

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Emmanuel Owootoah 0 G 5'11" 175 Sophomore Toronto, ON Graduate transfer to Lynn
Darnell Taylor 1 G 6'3" 205 Junior Los Angeles, CA Transferred to Cal State San Marcos
Braeden Anderson 2 F 6'9" 225 RS Sophomore Okotoks, AB Graduate transfer to Seton Hall
Alex Davis 10 F 6'9" 205 Senior Houston, TX Graduated
Blake Williams 13 G 6'2" 197 RS Sophomore Sacramento, CA Left the team due to personal reasons
Isaiah Bailey 24 G 6'6" 190 Freshman Compton, CA Dismissed from team for violation of team rules
Eugene Artison 35 F 6'9" 235 Freshman Seattle, WA Transferred to College of Southern Idaho

Incoming Transfers[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Jaron Hopkins 1 G 6'6" 200 Junior Mesa, AZ Transferred from Colorado. Under NCAA transfer rules, Hopkins will have to sit out for the 2015–16 season. Will have two years of remaining eligibility.
Jahmel Taylor 5 G 6'0" 170 Junior Los Angeles, CA Transferred from Washington. Under NCAA transfer rules, Taylor will have to sit out for the 2015–16 season. Will have two years of remaining eligibility.
Cullen Russo 13 F 6'9" 220 Junior Bloomington, MN Junior college transferred from New Mexico Junior College
Lionel Ellison 15 G 6'1" 190 Junior New Orleans, LA Junior college transferred from Coffeyville Community College
Torren Jones 24 F 6'9" 235 Junior Chandler, AZ Junior college transferred from Midland College

Recruiting Class of 2015[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Nate Grimes
PF
Las Vegas, NV Quality Education Academy 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sep 27, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 75
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout:   Rivals:
  • 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:

  • "Fresno State Commit List for 2015". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2015-05-01.
  • "Men's Basketball Recruiting". Scout.com. Retrieved 2015-05-01.
  • "ESPN – Fresno State Bulldogs Basketball Recruiting 2015". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2015-05-01.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved 2015-05-01.
  • "2015 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2015-05-01.

Recruiting Class of 2016[edit]

Roster[edit]

2015–16 Fresno State Bulldogs men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Julien Lewis 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS Sr La Marque HS
Texas
Galveston, TX
G 1 Jaron Hopkins (I) Current redshirt 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Dobson HS
Colorado
Mesa, AZ
G/F 3 Paul Watson 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Paradise Valley HS Phoenix, AZ
F 4 Karachi Edo 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Jr Berkner HS Richardson, TX
G 5 Jahmel Taylor (I) Current redshirt 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jr Pacific Hills School
Washington
Los Angeles, CA
G 11 Grant Shell (W) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fr Burlington HS Burlington, KS
G 12 Cezar Guerrero 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) RS Sr St. John Bosco HS
Oklahoma State
Huntington Park, CA
F 13 Cullen Russo 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr Southern Tech Academy
New Mexico JC
Bloomington, MN
G 15 Lionel Ellison III 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr Archbishop Shaw HS
Coffeyville CC
New Orleans, LA
G 20 Sam Bittner (W) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Trinity International HS Las Vegas, NV
G 23 Marvelle Harris 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sr Eisenhower HS Rialto, CA
F 24 Torren Jones 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Jr Basha HS
Midland College
Chandler, AZ
F 32 Nate Grimes 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Fr Quality Education Academy Las Vegas, NV
C 34 Terrell Carter II 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 275 lb (125 kg) So Redondo Union HS Redondo Beach, CA
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster

Schedule and results[edit]

Source[1]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
11/06/2015*
7:00 PM
Dominican (CA) W 77–55 
Save Mart Center (4,464)
Fresno, CA
Non-conference regular season
11/13/2015*
7:00 PM
Pepperdine W 69–66  1–0
Save Mart Center (7,827)
Fresno, CA
11/16/2015*
7:00 PM
Lamar
Roundball Showcase
W 80–72  2–0
Save Mart Center (4,799)
Fresno, CA
11/19/2015*
7:00 PM
San Francisco
Roundball Showcase
W 78–71  3–0
Save Mart Center (5,327)
Fresno, CA
11/22/2015*
3:00 PM
at Rice
Roundball Showcase
W 82–65  4–0
Tudor Fieldhouse (1,749)
Houston, TX
11/27/2015*
7:00 PM
Delaware State
Roundball Showcase
W 80–59  5–0
Save Mart Center (5,959)
Fresno, CA
11/30/2015*
5:00 PM, P12N
at No. 15 Oregon L 73–78  5–1
Matthew Knight Arena (5,205)
Eugene, OR
12/03/2015*
7:00 PM
The Master's W 84–72  6–1
Save Mart Center (5,404)
Fresno, CA
12/05/2015*
7:00 PM
at Cal Poly L 65–77  6–2
Mott Gym (2,861)
San Luis Obispo, CA
12/09/2015*
6:00 PM, P12N
at No. 13 Arizona L 72–85  6–3
McKale Center (14,262)
Tucson, AZ
12/12/2015*
4:00 PM
Pacific W 71–52  7–3
Save Mart Center (5,434)
Fresno, CA
12/16/2015*
7:00 PM
Cal State Bakersfield W 76–68  8–3
Save Mart Center (5,105)
Fresno, CA
12/20/2015*
1:00 PM
Evansville
MW–MVC Challenge
L 77–85  8–4
Save Mart Center (5,251)
Fresno, CA
12/27/2015*
1:00 PM
Pacific Union W 89–46  9–4
Save Mart Center (6,242)
Fresno, CA
Mountain West regular season
12/30/2015
8:00 PM, ESPNU
at UNLV W 69–66  10–4
(1–0)
Thomas & Mack Center (12,220)
Paradise, NV
01/02/2016
6:30 PM, CBSSN
New Mexico L 62–77  10–5
(1–1)
Save Mart Center (6,881)
Fresno, CA
01/06/2016
7:00 PM
Nevada W 85–63  11–5
(2–1)
Save Mart Center (5,315)
Fresno, CA
01/09/2016
3:00 PM, RTRM
at Boise State L 70–81  11–6
(2–2)
Taco Bell Arena (8,140)
Boise, ID
01/16/2016
4:00 PM, MWN
San Jose State W 81–74  12–6
(3–2)
Save Mart Center (6,457)
Fresno, CA
01/19/2016
8:00 PM, ESPNU
at San Diego State L 67–73 OT 12–7
(3–3)
Viejas Arena (12,414)
San Diego, CA
01/23/2016
11:00 AM, RTRM
at Air Force W 56–55  13–7
(4–3)
Clune Arena (2,083)
Colorado Springs, CO
01/26/2016
8:00 PM, ESPN3
Wyoming W 71–60  14–7
(5–3)
Save Mart Center (5,802)
Fresno, CA
02/03/2016
7:00 PM
at San Jose State L 53–65  14–8
(5–4)
Event Center Arena (2,324)
San Jose, CA
02/06/2016
4:00 PM, ESPN3
UNLV W 111–104 2OT 15–8
(6–4)
Save Mart Center (7,754)
Fresno, CA
02/10/2016
8:00 PM, CBSSN
San Diego State W 58–57  16–8
(7–4)
Save Mart Center (6,476)
Fresno, CA
02/13/2016
4:00 PM, MWN
at Nevada L 72–77 OT 16–9
(7–5)
Lawlor Events Center (6,750)
Reno, NV
02/17/2016
7:00 PM, RTRM
at Wyoming W 79–75  17–9
(8–5)
Arena-Auditorium (4,852)
Laramie, WY
02/20/2016
4:00 PM, RTRM
Utah State W 75–68  18–9
(9–5)
Save Mart Center (7,068)
Fresno, CA
02/24/2016
7:00 PM, MWN
Air Force W 64–63  19–9
(10–5)
Save Mart Center (6,284)
Fresno, CA
02/27/2016
7:00 PM, ESPN2
at New Mexico W 92–82  20–9
(11–5)
The Pit (13,546)
Albuquerque, NM
03/02/2016
8:00 PM, CBSSN
Colorado State W 87–73  21–9
(12–5)
Save Mart Center (9,948)
Fresno, CA
03/05/2016
6:00 PM, ESPN3
at Utah State W 86–85  22–9
(13–5)
Smith Spectrum (9,870)
Logan, UT
Mountain West Tournament
03/10/2016
6:00 PM, CBSSN
vs. UNLV
Quarterfinals
W 95–82  23–9
Thomas & Mack Center (6,325)
Paradise, NV
03/11/2016
8:30 PM, CBSSN
vs. Colorado State
Semifinals
W 64–56  24–9
Thomas & Mack Center (8,036)
Paradise, NV
03/12/2016
3:00 PM, CBS
vs. San Diego State
Championship game
W 68–63  25–9
Thomas & Mack Center (8,132)
Paradise, NV
NCAA Tournament
03/17/2016*
5:27 PM, truTV
(14 MW) vs. (3 MW) No. 13 Utah
First round
L 69–80  25–10
Pepsi Center (19,500)
Denver, CO
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. MW=Midwest Region.
All times are in Pacific Time.

See also[edit]

2015–16 Fresno State Bulldogs women's basketball team

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2015-16 Schedule". Retrieved 2015-04-30.