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Lost: Simon McCormack, Troy Brewer, Riley Grafft, Charles Hinkle, Joe Hill, Wayne Simon
Adds: Jesse Reed, Billy Dooley, Zach Elcano, Darius Gardner, Marko Vasic, Stephen Lumpkins
American fans should prepare for a down-year after last season's 20-win campaign.
The Eagles lost their top two scorers from last year (Hinkle and Brewer), and they also lost a pair of role players in Grafft and McCormack.
American will rely mainly on Blake Jolivette and Daniel Munoz
The two make up an undersized back court at 5'11" and 6'1", respectively. The two guards were solid three-point shooters last year, combining to make 45.6 percent of their treys.
Initially, the Eagles' only size in the front court will come from 6'9" center Tony Wroblicky. In 2011-12, Wroblicky averaged 6.5 points per game, six rebounds per game and 1.6 blocks per game.
However, Stephen Lumpkins, who had taken a year off from school to pursue professional baseball, is back with American. Lumpkins averaged 13.5 points and 8.2 rebounds during the 2010-11 season.
Freshman Jesse Reed will likely see some playing time. American will need help in the front court, and the 6'5" forward can provide some height. But, of course, it is too much to expect a freshman to make huge contributions during his first year.