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Ohio Wesleyan Men’s Basketball Preseason Preview

The Ohio Wesleyan Men’s Basketball program looks to build off its success from the end of last season.

The Battling Bishops brought in a new crop of freshmen, along with a new assistant coach. Playing a full schedule this year, Ohio Wesleyan looks to prove they are still a powerhouse in the NCAC.

New assistant coach Nick Felhaber had uplifting words in the early months of the preseason. “Leading by example and encouraging each other is a big deal. Having a winning process and sticking to that process thick and thin is very important.”

After a shortened season last year due to Covid-19, the Battling Bishops are looking to continue changing culture. The upperclassmen have a great sense of urgency towards the start of the season, and with a young core and a full season schedule, the Bishops are eager to get back onto the court.

Head Coach Mike Dewitt and staff brought in six freshmen ahead of the 2021-2022 season. Freshman Henry Hinkle spoke with me a few days ago, stating, “I am very excited to join a historical program like OWU. Playing under Coach Dewitt will be a great experience, as we try to compete for championships.”

Coach Dewitt reached the 400 win milestone last season with no plans of slowing down.

Along with a new batch of freshmen, a lot of players returned from past seasons. Sophomore Reece Mitchell is hopeful for this upcoming year. “I trust that we will trust in each other and play together. We will mesh together from the starters to the bench, we have a lot to prove this year.” This fall, the team will be participating in open gyms and player-led workouts. This is a great opportunity to build relationships between teammates and trust in one another.

With a full thirty-game slate ahead of the Bishops, it will be a very hopeful but long season. The Battling Bishops are looking to win their first conference championship since 2017. Returning upperclassmen Nick Carlson ‘22, Dawsin Tillman ‘22, Zane Reis ‘22, Curtis White ‘22, Jack Clement ‘23, and Grant Spicer ‘23 are looking to lead this young core to go dancing in March.

Due to Covid-19, players in the NCAC were given the option to sit out of last year's play to gain an extra year of eligibility. Now, all teams in the conference have their whole rosters back.

The Battling Bishops' first game of the year is against Capital at Branch Rickey Arena on November 9th, 2021. This is prepping to be a great and exciting year for ‘Shops.

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