After the 2015-16 season came to an end, the Rider Broncs bid adieu to one of the best players to ever suit up for the program. Guard Teddy Okereafor played his last game with the Broncs, and his graduation ushered in a new era, of sorts, for the program moving forwards.
Returnees like seniors Jimmie Taylor and Kahlil Thomas take over as the leaders of the team, and will look to lead the Broncs into contention in the tough Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
The Broncs finished the 2015-16 season tied for 7th in the conference with the Canisius Golden Griffins, with a record of 8-12. Coach Kevin Baggett and the rest of the coaching staff are hoping for a jump up to the top six of the standings, if not higher.
In non-conference action, the Broncs only have two home games, and their first one isn’t until mid-December. If they can weather the storm over the first month of the season, and come away with some solid road wins, they will be in good shape moving forwards.
2015-16 Record: 13-20 (8-12 in MAAC; Tied-7th)
Key Returnees: Jimmie Taylor, Kahlil Thomas, Xavier Lundy
Key Departures: Teddy Okereafor, Khalil Alford, Shawn Valentine
(** Denotes Conference Play)
11/5/2016: TBD (Exhibition)
11/11/2016: @ Hampton Pirates
11/14/2016: @ Hartford Hawks
11/19/2016: @ South Florida Bulls
11/23/2016: @ Fordham Rams
11/26/2016: @ Wagner Seahawks
*Staten Island, NY
12/10/2016: @ Pacific Tigers (Gotham Classic)
12/14/2016: v. Kennesaw State Owls (Gotham Classic)
12/16/2016: v. Drexel Dragons
12/18/2016: @ North Carolina A&T Aggies (Gotham Classic)
12/22/2016: @ Massachusetts Minutemen (Gotham Classic)
12/28/2016: @ North Carolina State Wolfpack
Conference Schedule: TBD