Warrior Men’s Basketball Receives Highest Preseason Ranking at No. 5
KANSAS CITY, Missouri |10/14/2020 | Alisha Alexander | Sports Information Director
KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The Lewis-Clark State Men’s Basketball Team has unfinished business to take care of when the 2020-21 season kicks off in November. After finishing 2019-20 with the highest winning percentage in program history (.906), the 29-3 Warriors, like many teams around the country, lost their chance at a national tournament run due to the pandemic. In the first preseason poll since combining the two NAIA basketball divisions, the Warriors are ranked No. 5 in the nation. They received one first-place vote and 506 points to earn the highest preseason ranking in program history.
LC State was ranked No. 6 in final NAIA DI poll before the season was canceled. The Warriors won the Frontier Conference regular-season outright before earning their final Frontier Conference Tournament Championship. The final moment of the 2019-20 season saw the Warriors cutting the nets on their home court.
All-Americans Damek Mitchell and Trystan Bradley return for their senior seasons, as do all-conference honorees Travis Yenor and Jake Albright. LC State is led by the reigning NABC NAIA DI Coach of the Year, Austin Johnson, in his third season.
The season kicks off with an exhibition against Yellowstone Christian on Nov. 6. The Warriors open the regular-season with a pair of non-conference games in Caldwell before opening their first games in the Cascade Conference on Dec. 4 and 5.