2015–16 Elon Phoenix men's basketball team

The 2015–16 Elon Phoenix men's basketball team represented Elon University during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Phoenix, led by seventh year head coach Matt Matheny, played their home games at Alumni Gym and were second year members of the Colonial Athletic Association. They finished the season 16–16, 7–11 in CAA play to finish in eighth place. They lost in the first round of the CAA Tournament to Drexel.

2015–16 Elon Phoenix men's basketball
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ConferenceColonial Athletic Association
2015–16 record16–16 (7–11 CAA)
Head coachMatt Matheny (7th season)
Assistant coachJack Wooten
Assistant coachMonty Sanders
Assistant coachChris Long
Home arenaAlumni Gym
Seasons
2015–16 CAA men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Hofstra 14 4   .778     24 10   .706
UNC Wilmington 14 4   .778     25 8   .758
Towson 11 7   .611     20 13   .606
James Madison 11 7   .611     21 11   .656
William & Mary 11 7   .611     20 11   .645
Northeastern 9 9   .500     18 15   .545
College of Charleston 8 10   .444     17 14   .548
Elon 7 11   .389     16 16   .500
Drexel 3 15   .167     6 25   .194
Delaware 2 16   .111     7 23   .233
2016 CAA Tournament winner

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Previous seasonEdit

The Phoenix finished the season 15–18, 6–12 in CAA play to finish in eighth place. They lost in the quarterfinals of the CAA Tournament to William & Mary.

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Austin Hamilton 10 G 5'10" 190 Senior Herndon, Virginia Graduated
Kevin Blake 11 G 6'3" 195 Senior Toronto Graduated
Ryan Winters 32 F 6'7" 218 Senior Denver Graduated
Elijah Bryant 33 G 6'4" 205 Freshman Gwinnett, Georgia Transferred to BYU

RecruitingEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Steven Santa Ana
SG
Charlotte, North Carolina Ardrey Kell High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Apr 1, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN:    ESPN grade: 70
Tyler Sebring
PF
Normal, Illinois Normal Community High School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) N/A Jul 29, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A
Karolis Kundrotas
PF
Kaunas, Lithuania Barking Abbey School 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (110 kg) Jun 5, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A
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:

  • "Elon". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 15, 2015.
  • "2015 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved July 15, 2015.

RosterEdit

2015–16 Elon Phoenix men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
F 00 Brian Dawkins 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) RS So Bishop Kenny Jacksonville, Florida
G 1 Luke Eddy 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr George Washington Charleston, West Virginia
G 2 Dmitri Thompson 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) So Orlando Christian Prep Orlando, Florida
G 3 Tanner Samson 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sr Regis Jesuit Littleton, Colorado
F 4 Collin Luther 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) So Hampton Pittsburgh
G 5 Sam Hershberger (W) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sr Butler Vandalia, Ohio
F 10 Karolis Kundrotas 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Fr Barking Abbey School Kaunas, Lithuania
G/F 12 Christian Hairston 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Greensboro Day School Greensboro, North Carolina
G 13 Dainan Swoope (W) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Sunrise Christian Academy Kansas City, Kansas
F 14 Jack Anton 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) So Archbishop Moeller Mason, Ohio
C 15 Tony Sabato 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Sr Archbishop Moeller Cincinnati
G 20 Sheldon Eberhardt 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Middle Creek Apex, North Carolina
F 21 Jack George 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 210 lb (95 kg) RS Fr Carmel Catholic Libertyville, Illinois
G 22 Steven Santa Ana 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Ardrey Kell Charlotte, North Carolina
G 25 Ryder Bowline (W) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr Forsyth Central Cumming, Georgia
F 30 Wes Brewer (W) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) RS Jr Walter Williams Burlington, North Carolina
F 41 Tyler Seibring 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Fr Normal Community Normal, Illinois
G 42 Patrick Ryan (W) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Greens Farms Academy Darien, Connecticut
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: October 3, 2014

ScheduleEdit

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Date
time, TV
Opponent Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Nov 5, 2015*
7:00 pm
William Peace W 90–73 
Alumni Gym 
Elon, North Carolina
Non-conference regular season
Nov 13, 2015*
8:00 pm, ASN
at Charlotte W 86–74  1–0
Dale F. Halton Arena (5,390)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Nov 16, 2015*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
at No. 24 Michigan
Battle 4 Atlantis Mainland
L 68–88  1–1
Crisler Center (9,716)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Nov 18, 2015*
7:00 pm
Belmont Abbey W 84–57  2–1
Alumni Gym (1,030)
Elon, North Carolina
Nov 21, 2015*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
at Syracuse
Battle 4 Atlantis Mainland
L 55–66  2–2
Carrier Dome (16,529)
Syracuse, New York
Nov 26, 2015*
2:00 pm
Mount St. Mary's
Battle 4 Atlantis Mainland
W 79–74  3–2
Alumni Gym (611)
Elon, North Carolina
Nov 27, 2015*
7:00 pm
Texas A&M–Corpus Christi
Battle 4 Atlantis Mainland
L 81–85  3–3
Alumni Gym (847)
Elon, North Carolina
Nov 30, 2015*
7:00 pm
Kennesaw State W 103–93 OT 4–3
Alumni Gym (963)
Elon, North Carolina
Dec 4, 2015*
7:00 pm
at Florida International W 77–71  5–3
FIU Arena (949)
Miami
Dec 13, 2015*
2:00 pm
Wesley W 106–77  6–3
Alumni Gym (1,171)
Elon, North Carolina
Dec 16, 2015*
7:00 pm
Alabama State W 91–74  7–3
Alumni Gym (903)
Elon, North Carolina
Dec 19, 2015*
1:00 pm
UNC Greensboro W 79–69  8–3
Alumni Gym (1,000)
Elon, North Carolina
Dec 21, 2015*
7:00 pm
at UNC Asheville W 86–81  9–3
Kimmel Arena (1,611)
Asheville, North Carolina
Dec 28, 2015*
8:00 pm, ESPNU
at No. 15 Duke L 66–105  9–4
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, North Carolina
CAA regular season
Dec 31, 2015
2:00 pm
Northeastern L 79–86  9–5
(0–1)
Alumni Gym (1,087)
Elon, North Carolina
Jan 2, 2016
4:00 pm
Drexel W 83–78  10–5
(1–1)
Alumni Gym (1,134)
Elon, North Carolina
Jan 7, 2016
7:00 pm
at James Madison W 79–73  11–5
(2–1)
JMU Convocation Center (2,300)
Harrisonburg, Virginia
Jan 9, 2016
6:00 pm, ASN
Hofstra L 76–80  11–6
(2–2)
Alumni Gym (1,419)
Elon, North Carolina
Jan 14, 2016
7:00 pm
UNC Wilmington L 82–91  11–7
(2–3)
Alumni Gym (1,357)
Elon, North Carolina
Jan 16, 2016
4:00 pm, WCIV
at College of Charleston W 65–64  12–7
(3–3)
TD Arena (2,874)
Charleston, South Carolina
Jan 21, 2016
7:00 pm
at William & Mary L 67–89  12–8
(3–4)
Kaplan Arena (3,278)
Williamsburg, Virginia
Jan 23, 2016
7:00 pm
James Madison L 64–82  12–9
(3–5)
Alumni Gym (1,248)
Elon, North Carolina
Jan 28, 2016
7:00 pm
at Hofstra L 64–66  12–10
(3–6)
Hofstra Arena (1,125)
Hempstead, New York
Jan 30, 2016
7:00 pm
at Northeastern W 71–66  13–10
(4–6)
Matthews Arena (1,259)
Boston
Feb 4, 2016
7:00 pm
Delaware W 83–56  14–10
(5–6)
Alumni Gym (1,336)
Elon, North Carolina
Feb 6, 2016
6:00 pm, ASN
Towson L 77–81  14–11
(5–7)
Alumni Gym (1,479)
Elon, North Carolina
Feb 11, 2016
7:00 pm
at UNC Wilmington L 82–86  14–12
(5–8)
Trask Coliseum (4,136)
Wilmington, North Carolina
Feb 13, 2016
7:00 pm
College of Charleston L 62–66  14–13
(5–9)
Alumni Gym (1,688)
Elon, North Carolina
Feb 18, 2016
7:00 pm
at Drexel W 81–76  15–13
(6–9)
Daskalakis Athletic Center (976)
Philadelphia
Feb 20, 2016
Noon, CSN
at Towson L 56–67  15–14
(6–10)
SECU Arena (2,736)
Towson, Maryland
Feb 25, 2016
7:00 pm
William & Mary L 65–75  15–15
(6–11)
Alumni Gym (1,632)
Elon, North Carolina
Feb 27, 2016
2:00 pm
at Delaware W 77–59  16–15
(7–11)
Bob Carpenter Center (2,457)
Newark, Delaware
CAA Tournament
Mar 4, 2016
6:00 pm
vs. (9) Drexel
First round
L 56–57  16–16
Royal Farms Arena (2,170)
Baltimore
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

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