2022 Record: 20-11 (12-6)
Head Coach: Ron Hunter (Career Record 430-331) (Tulane Record 56-57)
PG: Kolby King (St. John’s 1.7 Pts, 1.1 Reb, 0.6 Ast)
SG: Jaylen Forbes (18.5 Pts, 5.0 Reb, 1.7 Ast)
SF: Sion James (9.7 Pts, 4.8 Reb, 3.4 Ast)
PF: Collin Holloway (6.2 Pts, 2.6 Reb, 0.5 Ast)
C: Kevin Cross (14.8 Pts, 6.7 Reb, 4.2 Ast)
6: PG Asher Woods (VMI 14.2 Pts, 4.4 Reb, 2.3 Ast)
7: PF Jordan Wood (Howard 8.6 Pts, 3.7 Reb, 0.7 Ast)
8: SF Gregg Glenn (Michigan 1.5 Pts, 1.5 Reb, 0.5 Ast)
9: C Percy Daniels (2.3 Pts, 1.8 Reb, 0.0 Ast)
10: SG Tre Williams (1.9 Pts, 0.8 Reb, 0.9 Ast)
11: PG Mier Panoam
12: C Spencer Elliott
Tulane lost 6 players to the transfer portal last season, but they secured commitments from some quality players this offseason that hope to balance things out and minimize the losses they suffered last season. A couple of the additions the Green Wave made this offseason was point guards Kolby King from St. John’s and Asher Woods from VMI. Both players were only freshman last season so they can show shades of inexperience but the growth and potential is there for both. I expect King, a former 3 star, to start despite lower production than Woods. King has high major experience and has a high motor.
Other newcomers joining the Green Wave this season are transfer forwards Gregg Glenn from Michigan and Jordan Wood from Howard. Glenn is a former 4 star recruit and still very young, but he barely got any playtime at Michigan to showcase his abilities. He’s still a bit of an unknown player at the college level as he’s only played a total of 11 minutes in his career. Jordan Wood is an interesting addition for Tulane. He can be a stretch 4 off the bench that has the ability to defend multiple positions and make clutch threes when called upon. The final newcomers to the team are freshman Spencer Elliott a 6-9 center from Atlanta and Mier Panoam a 6-3 guard from Norcross, GA and Atlanta suburb.
Possibly the biggest win for Tulane was keeping starting guard Jaylen Forbes around. In the era of the transfer portal and NIL it’s very rare that a player on a MM+ team stays around especially after having the season he had and the ability to be immediately eligible as a grad transfer. Forbes could be in contention for AAC conference player of the year this season. He is the leader of this Tulane team and can score at will from basically anywhere on the court. He could very well have a season of scoring over 20PPG and be near the top of the nations scoring leaders.
Collin Holloway and Sion James are other returning starters for the Green Wave this season. Holloway, a former Georgetown Hoya, has showed the ability to play great defense and finish around the rim very well. I would expect his production to continue to go up as he gets more touches and becomes more familiar with the system. Sion James is a player that succeeds in a variety of ways. He is an extremely gifted passer for his position and crashes the boards very well. James happened to play the most minutes per game of any player on Tulane this past season.
Kevin Cross is returning for the Green Wave as well. The 6-8 big man is coming back for his 5th season after averaged 15PPG and 7RPG last season. Cross is poised to make another jump next season after getting increasingly better and better each year. Cross has been a capable 3 point shooter over the course of his career but it definitely isn’t his strength and it would be interesting to see if he’s developed his shot more this past season. He is expected to be the 2nd option behind Forbes. Also returning to the Green Wave this season are rising sophomore center Percy Daniels and rising senior guard Tre Williams both of which played sparingly last season.
I’m expecting Tulane to have a fairly similar year to last seasons team. They lost a lot to the portal specifically Jalen Cook who transferred to LSU. They did a solid job replacing their losses but nothing has gotten dramatically better. They should be around 5th in the conference in the new AAC and the NIT or CBI should be the goal if they finish around 20 wins.