Head coach Marty Wilson explains that "the great thing about the team this year is the chemistry. There are no cliques, and the players all intermingle and are social off the court".
Coach Wilson also adds that the younger players have greatly progressed since they arrived on campus six months ago and seem to be transitioning well into the program. Wilson emphasizes the fact that the new players are able to look up to the veterans, who demonstrate great discipline and act as positive role models both on and off the court.
Brendan Lane, a 6-foot-9 forward, played for three years at UCLA before graduating in spring of 2012 and transferring to Pepperdine. Lane is currently pursuing his master's degree and after redshirting last season, will compete with the Waves this year in his final season of eligibility.
The other two seniors, Nikolas Skouen and Malte Kramer, will also be key contributors to the team in their final year as Waves. Last season Skouen played in all thirty games, started in twenty-one and is currently ranked eighth in Pepperdine history by making 39.2% of his career three-point attempts. Kramer only appeared in five games last season due to injury and illness, but earned a spot on the NABC Honors Court, the WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "gold" list and earned Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete status.
When the team is not on the court or in the gym, they spend much of their time catching up on schoolwork and participating in study groups. The players have mandatory study hall four nights a week, including Sunday evening study sessions that are supervised by Coach Wilson. The players work hard both on and off the court in order to best exemplify Pepperdine Athletics' mission of Competing with Purpose.
The Waves will open their season on Saturday, November 9, when they take on San Diego Christian at 5 p.m. in Firestone Fieldhouse. Come and support men's basketball as they open the 2013-14 season and prepare for another great year!