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2016–17 UCF Knights men's basketball team

The 2016–17 UCF Knights men's basketball team represented the University of Central Florida during the 2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Knights were members of the American Athletic Conference. The Knights, in the program's 48th season of basketball, were led by first-year head coach Johnny Dawkins and played their home games at the CFE Arena on the university's main campus in Orlando, Florida. They finished the season 24–12, 11–7 in AAC play to finish in fourth place. They defeated Memphis in the quarterfinals of the AAC Tournament before losing in the semifinals to SMU. They were invited to the National Invitation Tournament where they defeated Colorado, Illinois State and Illinois to advance to the semifinals at Madison Square Garden for the first time in school history where they lost to the eventual NIT Champion, TCU.

2016–17 UCF Knights men's basketball
UCF Knights logo.svg
NIT, Semifinals
ConferenceAmerican Athletic Conference
2016–17 record24–12 (11–7 AAC)
Head coachJohnny Dawkins (1st season)
Assistant coaches
Home arenaCFE Arena
Seasons
2016–17 American Athletic Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 11 SMU 17 1   .944     30 5   .857
No. 18 Cincinnati 16 2   .889     30 6   .833
Houston 12 6   .667     21 11   .656
UCF 11 7   .611     24 12   .667
Memphis 9 9   .500     19 13   .594
UConn 9 9   .500     16 17   .485
Tulsa 8 10   .444     15 17   .469
Temple 7 11   .389     16 16   .500
East Carolina 6 12   .333     15 18   .455
Tulane 3 15   .167     6 25   .194
South Florida 1 17   .056     7 23   .233
2017 AAC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Previous seasonEdit

The Knights finished the season with a record of 12–18, 6–12 in AAC play to finish in seventh place in conference. They lost in the first round of the AAC Tournament to Tulane.

After the season, Donnie Jones was fired as UCF's head coach.[1] On March 24, 2016, the school hired Johnny Dawkins as head coach.[2]

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Brandan Boyle 00 G 6'1" 190 Freshman Rahway, NJ Transferred to ASA College
Daiquan Walker 4 G 6'2" 185 Senior Philadelphia, PA Graduated
Adonys Henriquez 10 G 6'6" 210 Sophomore Orlando, FL Transferred to Saint Louis
Shaheed Davis 33 F 6'9" 210 Senior Warren, OH Graduated
Justin McBride 34 C 6'10" 325 Junior Starke, FL Transferred to Valdosta State
Stephon Blair 52 F 6'9" 255 Senior Fort Lauderdale, FL Graduated

Incoming transfersEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Terrell Allen 2 G 6'2" 180 Sophomore Upper Marlboro, MD Transferred from Drexel. Under NCAA transfer rules, Allen will have to sit out for the 2016–17 season. Will have three years of remaining eligibility.
Dayon Griffin 10 G 6'5" 188 Junior St. Petersburg, FL Transferred from Louisiana Tech. Under NCAA transfer rules, Griffin will have to sit out for the 2016–17 season. Will have two years of remaining eligibility.
Rokas Ulvydas 11 F 6'11" 240 Junior Kaunas, Lithuania Transferred from Texas Tech. Under NCAA transfer rules, Ulvydas will have to sit out for the 2016–17 season. Will have two years of remaining eligibility.
Nick Banyard 14 F 6'8" 225 RS Senior Flower Mound, TX Transferred from Illinois State. Will be eligible to play immediately since Banyard graduated from Illinois State.
Aubrey Dawkins 15 G/F 6'6" 205 Junior Palo Alto, CA Transferred from Michigan. Under NCAA transfer rules, Dawkins will have to sit out for the 2016–17 season. Will have two years of remaining eligibility.

Incoming recruitsEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Clayton Hughes
SF
Jackson, TN University School of Jackson 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sep 10, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: NR
Caesar DeJesus
SF
Teaneck, NJ Mount Zion Baptist Christian School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 165 lb (75 kg) May 17, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: NR
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2016 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 28 June 2016.

Recruiting class of 2017Edit

RosterEdit

2016–17 UCF Knights men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G/F 0 Tank Efianayi 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sr Daytona State College Orlando, Florida
G 1 B. J. Taylor 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) RS So William R. Boone High School Orlando, Florida
G 2 Terrell Allen   6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Drexel Upper Marlboro, Maryland
G/F 3 A. J. Davis 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) RS Jr Tennessee Atlanta, Georgia
G 4 Ceasar DeJesus 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Mt. Zion Prep Jersey City, New Jersey
G 5 Djordjije Mumin (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr American Heritage School Podgorica, Montenegro
G 10 Dayon Griffin   6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Louisiana Tech St. Petersburg, Florida
F 11 Rokas Ulvydas   6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 235 lb (107 kg) So Texas Tech Kaunas, Lithuania
G 12 Matt Williams 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) RS Sr Jones High School Orlando, Florida
F 14 Nick Banyard 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) RS Sr Illinois State Flower Mound, Texas
G/F 15 Anthony Catotti (W) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Seminole High School Oviedo, Florida
G 20 Brock Stephenson (W) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Dade Christian School Miami, Florida
F 21 Chad Brown 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) So Deltona High School Deltona, Florida
G 22 Chance McSpadden 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Winter Haven High School Winter Haven, Florida
C 24 Tacko Fall 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) 290 lb (132 kg) So Liberty Christian Prep Dakar, Senegal
G 51 Nathan Laing 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) RS Jr Jacksonville State Lillington, North Carolina
G/F Aubrey Dawkins   6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Michigan Palo Alto, California
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: December 26, 2016

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Non-conference regular season
11/14/2016*
5:00 PM, ESPN3
Nicholls State W 80–56  1–0
CFE Arena (5,274)
Orlando, FL
11/17/2016*
5:00 PM, ESPN2
vs. Mississippi State
Charleston Classic quarterfinals
W 86–61  2–0
TD Arena (3,430)
Charleston, SC
11/18/2016*
9:30 PM, ESPNU
at College of Charleston
Charleston Classic semifinals
W 60–40  3–0
TD Arena (3,517)
Charleston, SC
11/20/2016*
9:30 PM, ESPN2
vs. No. 3 Villanova
Charleston Classic championship game
L 57–67  3–1
TD Arena (4,325)
Charleston, SC
11/26/2016*
7:30 PM, ESPN3
Seattle W 67–51  4–1
CFE Arena (6,804)
Orlando, FL
11/30/2016*
7:00 PM, ESPN3
Stetson W 81–45  5–1
CFE Arena (5,284)
Orlando, FL
12/03/2016*
1:00 PM
at Massachusetts W 65–62  6–1
Mullins Center (3,911)
Amherst, MA
12/10/2016*
2:00 PM, ESPN3
Maryland Eastern Shore W 76–58  7–1
CFE Arena (3,579)
Orlando, FL
12/12/2016*
7:00 PM, ESPN3
Penn L 49–58  7–2
CFE Arena (3,088)
Orlando, FL
12/15/2016*
7:00 PM
at George Washington L 59–74  7–3
Charles E. Smith Center (2,891)
Washington, D.C.
12/18/2016*
12:00 PM, ESPN3
Miami (OH) W 80–73 OT 8–3
CFE Arena (2,939)
Orlando, FL
12/21/2016*
7:00 PM, ESPN3
Bethune–Cookman W 71–41  9–3
CFE Arena (3,348)
Orlando, FL
AAC regular season
12/28/2016
8:00 PM, ESPN3
at Tulane W 85–72  10–3
(1–0)
Devlin Fieldhouse (3,906)
New Orleans, LA
12/31/2016
4:00 PM, ESPNU
Temple W 77–53  11–3
(2–0)
CFE Arena (3,906)
Orlando, FL
01/03/2017
7:15 PM, ESPNews
East Carolina W 48–45  12–3
(3–0)
CFE Arena (3,088)
Orlando, FL
01/08/2017
5:00 PM, CBSSN
at UConn L 49–64  12–4
(3–1)
Gampel Pavilion (8,163)
Storrs, CT
01/14/2017
4:00 PM, CBSSN
Houston W 77–70  13–4
(4–1)
CFE Arena (5,489)
Orlando, FL
01/17/2017
7:00 PM, ESPNews
South Florida
Rivalry
W 86–64  14–4
(5–1)
CFE Arena (5,765)
Orlando, FL
01/22/2017
4:00 PM, CBSSN
at Memphis L 65–70  14–5
(5–2)
FedEx Forum (9,625)
Memphis, TN
01/25/2017
6:00 PM, ESPNews
SMU L 60–65  14–6
(5–3)
CFE Arena (4,620)
Orlando, FL
01/28/2017
1:30 PM, ESPNews
at Tulsa L 66–77  14–7
(5–4)
Reynolds Center (4,281)
Tulsa, OK
02/01/2017
7:00 PM, ESPNU
at Houston L 64–82  14–8
(5–5)
Hofheinz Pavilion (3,681)
Houston, TX
02/04/2017
5:00 PM, ESPNews
Memphis W 72–57  15–8
(6–5)
CFE Arena (5,463)
Orlando, FL
02/08/2016
9:00 PM, ESPNU
at No. 11 Cincinnati L 50–60  15–9
(6–6)
Fifth Third Arena (4,229)
Cincinnati, OH
02/11/2017
6:00 PM, CBSSN
UConn L 63–66  15–10
(6–7)
CFE Arena (5,215)
Orlando, FL
02/14/2016
7:00 PM, ESPNews
Tulsa W 71–53  16–10
(7–7)
CFE Arena (3,528)
Orlando, FL
02/18/2017
4:00 PM, ESPNews
at East Carolina W 61–58  17–10
(8–7)
Williams Arena (4,518)
Greenville, NC
02/22/2017
7:00 PM, ESPNU
at Temple W 71–69  18–10
(9–7)
Liacouras Center (5,073)
Philadelphia, PA
02/26/2017
3:00 PM, CBSSN
No. 15 Cincinnati W 53–49  19–10
(10–7)
CFE Arena (5,763)
Orlando, FL
03/02/2017
7:00 PM, ESPNU
at South Florida
Rivalry
W 59–56  20–10
(11–7)
USF Sun Dome (3,120)
Tampa, FL
American Athletic Conference Tournament
03/10/2017
2:00 PM, ESPN2
(4) vs. (5) Memphis
Quarterfinals
W 84–54  21–10
XL Center (1,844)
Hartford, CT
03/11/2017
3:00 PM, ESPN2
(4) vs. (1) No. 12 SMU
Semifinals
L 59–70  21–11
XL Center (8,117)
Hartford, CT
NIT
03/15/2017*
7:00 PM, ESPN3
(4) (5) Colorado
First round – Illinois State Bracket
W 79–74  22–11
CFE Arena (3,675)
Orlando, FL
03/20/2017*
7:00 PM, ESPN
(4) at (1) Illinois State
Second round – Illinois State Bracket
W 63–62  23–11
Redbird Arena (7,984)
Normal, IL
03/22/2017*
7:00 PM, ESPN2
(4) (2) Illinois
Quarterfinals – Illinois State Bracket
W 68–58  24–11
CFE Arena (10,011)
Orlando, FL
03/28/2017*
9:00 PM, ESPN
(4) vs. (4) TCU
Semifinals
L 53–68  24–12
Madison Square Garden (5,210)
New York, NY
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

ReferencesEdit