2017–18 Cal State Northridge Matadors men's basketball team

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2017–18 Cal State Northridge Matadors men's basketball
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Conference Big West Conference
2017–18 record 6–24 (3–13 Big West)
Head coach Reggie Theus (5th season)
Assistant coach Jason Levy
Assistant coach Chris Pompey
Assistant coach Jeff Theiler
Home arena Matadome
Seasons
2017–18 Big West men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
UC Davis 12 4   .750     22 11   .667
UC Santa Barbara 11 5   .688     23 9   .719
UC Irvine 11 5   .688     18 17   .514
Cal State Fullerton 10 6   .625     20 12   .625
Long Beach State 9 7   .563     15 18   .455
Hawaii 8 8   .500     17 13   .567
Cal Poly 4 12   .250     9 22   .290
UC Riverside 4 12   .250     9 22   .290
Cal State Northridge 3 13   .188     6 24   .200
2018 Big West Tournament winner

The 2017–18 Cal State Northridge Matadors men's basketball team represented California State University, Northridge (also known as CSUN) during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Matadors, led by fifth-year head coach Reggie Theus, played their home games at the Matadome as members of the Big West Conference. They finished the season 6–24, 3–13 in Big West play to finish in last place. They failed to qualify for the Big West Tournament.

On March 6, 2018, the school fired head coach Reggie Theus, along with Athletic Director Brandon Martin following a heated verbal exchange between the two following the dismissal of Theus.[1][2] On March 13, the school hired former NC State coach Mark Gottfried as head coach.[3][4]

Previous season[edit]

The Matadors finished the 2016–17 season 11–19, 7–9 in Big West play to finish in sixth place. In the Big West Tournament, they lost to Cal State Fullerton in the quarterfinals.

Offseason[edit]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Reason for departure
Kendall Smith 0 G 6'3" 190 RS Junior Los Angeles, CA Transferred to Oklahoma State[5]
Darin Johnson 3 G 6'5" 191 RS Junior Miami, FL Pulled out of 2017 NBA draft; failed to meet NCAA deadline. Signed with an agent. [6][7]
Jason Richardson 10 G 6'2" 210 Sophomore Hawthorne, CA Walk-on; transferred
Siyao Sun 12 F 6'10" 245 Freshman Beijing, China Walk-On. Did not make roster.
Julian Richardson 13 G 6'3" 201 Junior Woodland Hills, CA Walk-On. Did not make roster.
Mehran Nazarian 14 G 6'3" 185 Sophomore Hawthorne, CA Walk-On. Did not make roster.
Antonio Bruno 15 G 5'9" 155 Freshman Youngstown, OH Walk-On. Did not make roster.
Aaron Parks 22 G 6'3" 210 Senior Baltimore, MD Graduated
Jerron Wilbut 23 G 6'3" 180 Junior Chicago, IL Transferred to Salem International[8]
Rakim Lubin 25 F 6'8" 257 RS Sophomore Sacramento, CA Transferred to LSU–Shreveport[9]
Dylan Johns 45 C 6'11" 240 Junior Ipswich, England Left the team due to personal reasons

Incoming transfers[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Zeno Lake 10 G 6'8" 215 Sophomore Compton, CA Transferred from East Los Angeles College. Junior college transfer. Will have two years of remaining eligibility.
Jonathan Guevara 14 G 6'1" 165 Sophomore Los Angeles, CA Transferred from Cerritos College. Junior college transfer. Will have two years of remaining eligibility.
Kobe Paras[10] 21 G 6'6" 200 Freshman Manila, Philippines Transferred from Creighton. Under NCAA transfer rules, Paras will have to sit out for the 2017–18 season. Will have three years of remaining eligibility.
Carl Brown[11] 22 G 6'4" 180 Sophomore Louisville, KY Transferred from Mt. San Jacinto College. Junior college transfer. Will have two years of remaining eligibility.

2017 recruiting class[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Lamine Diane
F
Dakar, Senegal Findlay Prep High School 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jul 6, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 77
Terrell Gomez
G
Los Angeles, CA Middlebrooks Academy 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Nov 17, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   RivalsN/A   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:2/5 stars   ESPN grade: 60
Jared Pearre
F
McKinney, TX McKinney North 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Aug 30, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   RivalsN/A   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 75
Jalon Pipkins
G
Paris, TX Paris High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Nov 5, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: NR
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • 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:

  • "2017 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved August 28, 2017.

Roster[edit]

2017–18 Cal State Northridge Matadors men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Jalon Pipkins 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Paris HS Paris, TX
G 1 Micheal Warren 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sr Theodore Roosevelt HS Washington, D.C.
G 2 Terrell Gomez 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Fr Inglewood HS
Middlebrooks Academy (Post)
Los Angeles, CA
G 3 Lyrik Shreiner 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) RS So Hillcrest Academy
TCU
Phoenix, AZ
F 4 Tavrion Dawson 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 202 lb (92 kg) Sr Gardena Serra HS Long Beach, CA
C 5 Mahamadou Kaba-Camara 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 273 lb (124 kg) So Balboa City HS Conakry, Guinea
F 10 Zeno Lake 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr Compton HS
East Los Angeles College
Compton, CA
F 11 Lamine Diane 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Fr Findlay Prep Dakar, Senegal
G 12 Alex Sokol (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fr Valley Christian HS San Jose, CA
G 13 Mason Johnson (W) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Oxnard HS Oxnard, CA
G 14 Jonathan Guevara 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Jr Fairfax HS
Cerritos College
Los Angeles, CA
G 21 Kobe Paras (I) Current redshirt 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) RS So Middlebrooks Academy
Creighton
Manila, Philippines
G 22 Carl Brown 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jr Western HS
Mt. San Jacinto College
Louisville, KY
F 24 Reggie Theus, Jr. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 217 lb (98 kg) RS Sr Fairfax HS
South Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
F 30 Anthony Swan 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 196 lb (89 kg) RS Jr Virginia Episcopal School
George Washington
Los Angeles, CA
F 34 Jared Pearre 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr McKinney North McKinney, TX
C 42 Blair Orr 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 252 lb (114 kg) RS Jr El Camino Real HS
Winnipeg
Camarillo, CA
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Opponent Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Non-conference regular season
Nov 10, 2017*
7:30 pm
Life Pacific W 76–50  1–0
Matadome (1,232)
Northridge, CA
Nov 13, 2017*
7:00 pm
at Fresno State
Cancún Challenge campus game
L 73–89  1–1
Save Mart Center (4,864)
Fresno, CA
Nov 18, 2017*
3:00 pm
at George Mason
Cancún Challenge campus game
L 73–78 OT 1–2
EagleBank Arena (3,041)
Fairfax, VA
Nov 21, 2017*
12:00 pm
vs. Southeast Missouri State
Cancún Challenge Mayan Division
L 59–74  1–3
Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Convention Center 
Cancún, Mexico
Nov 22, 2017*
12:30 pm
vs. Binghamton
Cancún Challenge Mayan Division
L 65–70  1–4
Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Convention Center 
Cancún, Mexico
Nov 28, 2017*
7:00 pm, P12N
at California L 63–83  1–5
Haas Pavilion (6,177)
Berkeley, CA
Dec 3, 2017*
6:00 pm
at Montana L 68–86  1–6
Dahlberg Arena (2,734)
Missoula, MT
Dec 6, 2017*
6:00 pm
at Idaho State L 66–74  1–7
Holt Arena (1,300)
Pocatello, ID
Dec 9, 2017*
7:00 pm
Loyola Marymount L 57–74  1–8
Matadome (745)
Northridge, CA
Dec 17, 2017*
2:00 pm
at Eastern Washington L 58–86  1–9
Reese Court (1,279)
Cheney, WA
Dec 19, 2017*
7:00 pm
at Sacramento State L 61–66  1–10
Hornets Nest (538)
Sacramento, CA
Dec 23, 2017*
3:00 pm
Idaho State L 55–67  1–11
Matadome (476)
Northridge, CA
Dec 27, 2017*
7:00 pm
San Diego Christian W 93–63  2–11
Matadome (276)
Northridge, CA
Dec 30, 2017*
7:00 pm
Morgan State W 79–69  3–11
Matadome (479)
Northridge, CA
Big West regular season
Jan 6, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Hawaii L 46–65  3–12
(0–1)
Matadome (686)
Northridge, CA
Jan 10, 2018
7:30 pm, FS West
at Long Beach State L 70–80  3–13
(0–2)
Walter Pyramid (2,315)
Long Beach, CA
Jan 13, 2018
7:00 pm
UC Irvine L 54–71  3–14
(0–3)
Matadome (559)
Northridge, CA
Jan 17, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN3
at UC Riverside W 66–57  4–14
(1–3)
Student Recreation Center Arena (507)
Riverside, CA
Jan 20, 2018
4:00 pm, ESPN3
Cal Poly W 72–54  5–14
(2–3)
Matadome (828)
Northridge, CA
Jan 25, 2018
7:00 pm
at UC Davis L 56–63  5–15
(2–4)
The Pavilion (1,075)
Davis, CA
Jan 27, 2018
7:00 pm
Long Beach State L 66–70  5–16
(2–5)
Matadome (1,207)
Northridge, CA
Feb 1, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN3
UC Davis L 56–63  5–17
(2–6)
Matadome (1,006)
Northridge, CA
Feb 3, 2018
7:00 pm
at UC Santa Barbara L 51–75  5–18
(2–7)
The Thunderdome (2,229)
Santa Barbara, CA
Feb 7, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN3
at UC Irvine L 56–77  5–19
(2–8)
Bren Events Center (1,198)
Irvine, CA
Feb 10, 2018
9:00 pm
at Hawaii W 77–71  6–19
(3–8)
Stan Sheriff Center (5,945)
Honolulu, HI
Feb 14, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN3
UC Riverside L 62–69  6–20
(3–9)
Matadome (615)
Northridge, CA
Feb 17, 2018
6:00 pm, ESPN3
at Cal State Fullerton L 70–88  6–21
(3–10)
Titan Gym (786)
Fullerton, CA
Feb 22, 2018
7:00 pm
at Cal Poly L 86–90 2OT 6–22
(3–11)
Mott Athletic Center (1,250)
San Luis Obispo, CA
Feb 24, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN3
UC Santa Barbara L 73–82  6–23
(3–12)
Matadome (1,122)
Northridge, CA
Feb 28, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Cal State Fullerton L 76–102  6–24
(3–13)
Matadome (761)
Northridge, CA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Pacific Time.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Goodman, Jeff; Borzello, Jeff (March 6, 2018). "Reggie Theus to exit as CSU Northridge coach, sources say". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  2. ^ "Cal State Northridge fires coach Reggie Theus and athletic director". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-03-12.
  3. ^ "Sources: CSU Northridge hiring Mark Gottfried". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-03-12.
  4. ^ Sondheimer, Eric. "Cal State Northridge introduces Mark Gottfried as new men's basketball coach". latimes.com. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  5. ^ "CSUN Standout, Kendall Smith, Signs With Cowboy Basketball". Oklahoma State University. Retrieved Aug 29, 2017.
  6. ^ "Cal State Northridge's Darin Johnson To Pursue Pro Opportunities". fanragsports.com. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  7. ^ "Darin Johnson Rumors". www.hoopsrumors.com. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  8. ^ "Former Cal State Northridge G Jerron Wilbut is transferring to Salem International (DII)". twitter.com/VerbalCommits. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  9. ^ "LSUS lands former UConn, CSUN basketball player". shreveporttimes.com. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  10. ^ "Former UCLA recruit Kobe Paras transfers to CS Northridge". usatoday.com.
  11. ^ "MSJC's Carl Brown Inks Basketball Scholarship To Northridge". msjc.edu.