MBB: Colonels look toward a winning 2022-23 season

Coming off of an 8-17 overall record and
a 5-1 conference record last season, the
Colonels are looking to turn things around
and have a winning season.
In his ninth season as head coach, Izzi
Metz holds a 101-95 overall record and
is utilizing his coaching experience to
continue holding a positive overall record
for this team.
“The team has been working hard so

far on coming together, both offensively
and defensively,” said Metz. “I have been
very pleased with the overall attitude and
hunger to improve each day.”
In the 2021-22 season, Wilkes was
ranked fifth in the league in scoring with

1763 total points and averaged 70.5 points-
per-game (PPG). The Colonels sat at third

for 3-point field-goal percentages at 0.347,
making 213 3-point shots.
Wilkes returned 10 upperclassmen to
their roster while adding five first-year’s to
the team.

Returning players include graduate
student Drake Marshall; seniors Bradley
Anacreon, Nickerson DeMelfi and Jake
Robel; juniors Matthew Davidheiser,
Joey Zvorsky, Jackson Shafer and Jason
Eberhart; sophomores Cayden Merrifield
and Colin Post.
First-year players include Colin
Ackerman, Elias Walker, Jack Argento,
Elias Walker and Matthew Prociak.
Thus far, the Colonels stand at 2-1 after
opening up with a 67-51 win over Clark
Summit University on the 8th where Metz
earned his 100th win, as well as a 64-48
win against the Gettysburg College Bullets
and a 65-58 loss to Eastern University in
the Gettysburg Tip-Off Tournament on
the 11th and 12th.
“Going into this year I feel very confident
with where we are at,” said Fisher. “I
believe that through this pre-season we
have taken a large jump as a team in a very
short amount of time and it will show on
the court.”
Last season, forward Fisher received an
All-MAC Freedom First Team award as
he led the conference in scoring at 16.2
PPG as well as being ranked at fourth for
rebounds at 9.6 per game.
Fisher has scored an average of 9.0 PPG
and 8.33 rebounds-per-game (RPG) in

their three contests this season.
“I’m lucky enough to have a great
surrounding cast around me that allows
for me to flourish in opportunities where I
am needed,” said Fisher. “For this year I am
going to continue to be a great team player
and do whatever is needed to put W in the
win column.”
Shooting guard Marshall returns after
receiving an All-MAC Freedom Second
Team award last season after placing
second in PPG at 14.9 and 10th in
rebounding with six per game.
“I am looking to contribute to the team
in any way that I can,” said Marshall. “We
have worked hard all off-season, so finally
being able to play some games, we are
amped up and excited.”
Marshall added an average of 16.0 PPG
and 6.0 RPG up to this point of the season.
“We believe the way to be successful is
process driven,” said Metz. “We are excited
to get the season started and look forward
to people coming out to the Marts Center
and supporting the Colonels.”
The Colonels will host the University of
Scranton tonight at the Marts Center with
gameplay beginning at 7 p.m. On Saturday,
Wilkes will travel to Alvernia University
for a matchup starting at 1 p.m.