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Wednesday, August 5

Today's Paper

Key contributors for the 2018 men's basketball team

With the loss of multiple seniors last season, Princeton is looking for key contributors from last season to lead the team, as well as other players — both new and returning — to emerge as stars for the 2018 team. Here are some players to keep your eye on as the season begins.

Amir Bell: Senior captain Amir Bell was awarded the B.F. Bunn 1907 Trophy, which is the team’s MVP award. He has helped lead the Tiger offense every year of his career, and last year, Bell surged during Ivy League play. He shot .581 from the field, the best of any Tiger player with more than three attempts in Ivy games, and provided one of the highlight moments of the league season when his one-on-one left-handed drive to the basket put Princeton up two on Harvard with 1.1 seconds to play in an eventual 73-69 win. 

Will Gladson: Last year, sophomore guard Will Gladson proved to be one of the team’s strongest assets. He was the second freshmen in Princeton history to win the Class of 1959 Bob Rock Sixth Man Award. Gladson earned the honor after playing in each of the team's last 28 games of the 2017-2018 season and 29 in all, seeing double-figure minutes 15 times. Gladson was one of only seven players on the team, and the only freshman, to play in as many as 29 games on the season.

Devin Cannady: Junior guard Devin Cannady will most likely be holding down the fort in the backcourt. He is the Ivy League’s premier catch-and-shoot three-point and free throw shooter, ending last year’s season with 81 3-pointers — the fifth-most in a season in program history. He also set a program record with a .938 free throw percentage (min. 40 attempts), going 76 of 81. He was the team’s second-leading scorer on the season at 13.4 points per game and is sure to be a strong presence on the court for the Tigers. 

Myles Stephens: Junior guard Myles Stephens is essentially the team’s renaissance man. He was the team’s leading scorer in the Ivy season last year but was also named the Ivy’s Defensive Player of the Year. He led the team in blocked shots, with 22, and was third on the team overall in scoring at 12.5 points per game. 

Sebastian Much: Freshman forward Sebastian Much from southern California is likely to be the team’s newest contributor. He was ranked as a three-star recruit by and 247Sports and totaled 1,545 points over his high school career, averaging 19.4 points, 10.4 rebounds as a junior and 20.1 points and nine rebounds as a senior.