Season In Review: Panthers Hope Lessons Learned Will Pay Off



May 13, 2013

Milwaukee (8-24 Overall; 3-13 Horizon League)

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• The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball team finished a challenging 2012-13 season at 8-24 overall and 3-13 in the Horizon League.

• The Panthers struggled with injuries and lineup changes throughout the season. Twelve different players started at least one game for Milwaukee, with eight of those players making their first collegiate starts during the year. Five players who started games during the year also missed time due to injury.

Jordan Aaron was honored by the Horizon League following the season, earning all-newcomer team honors. The junior-college transfer finished second on the team in scoring, averaging 14.4 points per game. He made 30 starts and reached double figures a team-best 23 times. He also had 128 assists, including a pair of double-figure assist outings.

• After missing the first six games of the season with a broken hand, senior Paris Gulley wound up leading the team in scoring while reaching double figures in 22 of the 26 games he played in.

Demetrius Harris emerged to put together a solid senior year. He started 28 times, averaging 9.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. It looks like he may have a future on the gridiron, as the high school football star signed a multi-year free agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.

• UWM also had three other seniors wrap up their careers in Milwaukee, as James Haarsma, Christian Wolf and Ryan Haggerty all fiinished up as Panthers. Haarsma and Wolf were slowed by injuries in the second half of the season while Haggerty finished his career with over 100 career appearances.

 

 

• A number of young faces look to have a bright future for the Panthers after a strong 2012-13 campaign. Redshirt freshman J.J. Panoske made 16 starts and averaged 5.0 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. True freshman Austin Arians started three times but made his biggest impact off the bench. He finished fourth on the team in scoring at 6.6 points per game.

• Milwaukee tallied 18 total double-figure performances off its bench, including 34 and 26-point individual outings.

• Perhaps the highlight of Milwaukee's season was a Nov. 17 win over Davidson, which went on to make the NCAA Tournament.


• The 2012-13 Season
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball team wrapped up a difficult 2012-13 season with an 8-24 overall record and a 3-13 mark in the Horizon League.

• About The Non-League
Milwaukee faced a challenging non-league schedule during the 2012-13 campaign but still captured a highlight win over NCAA qualifier Davidson. The Panthers also had a double-digit lead much of the way against South Carolina before falling in overtime and had the lead in the second half of their game at Northern Iowa before falling. Milwaukee capped off its non-league slate with a double overtime win at IUPUI as part of the BracketBusters event, marking the Panthers' first 2OT game since 2001.

• The League Story
A lengthy losing streak in the middle of the league season kept the Panthers from a chance to move up the league standings this past season. Milwaukee nearly won at Wright State on the first weekend of the regular season. Then, the Panthers had a chance to tie its game with Youngstown State on the final possession followed by a game at UIC where it led by 19 points in the second half. Instead, those two games started a seven-game slide and Milwaukee could never recover. UWM did get home wins over Loyola and UIC over the final month of the season.

• Celebrating The Seniors
UWM had five seniors that saw their college careers officially come to a close in 2012-13. Ryan Haggerty, Christian Wolf, James Haarsma, Demetrius Harris and Paris Gulley all played college basketball for the final time this year. Haggerty had the longest tenure in Milwaukee, having spent the last five seasons with UWM, appearing in more than 100 games. He was the only senior on the Panther roster to have spent his entire career in Milwaukee. Wolf was in Milwaukee for four years after playing his first season at Florida Gulf Coast. Haarsma wrapped up his third season in Milwaukee after two years at Evansville, and he surpassed 1,000 points in his Division I career in the final month of the season. Gulley and Harris spent the last two seasons at UWM after playing a pair of seasons in the junior college ranks, and both would up being regular starters this past season.

• Season Honors
A pair of Panthers earned honors from the Horizon League during the 2012-13 season. Jordan Aaron earned a spot on the all-newcomer team following the season and was also the league's newcomer of the week after week two. The junior-college transfer finished second on the team in scoring, averaging 14.4 points per game. He made 30 starts and reached double figures a team-best 23 times. He also had 128 assists, including a pair of double-figure assist outings. Meanwhile, Paris Gulley earned league player of the week honors at the end of the year after leading Milwaukee to wins over Loyola and IUPUI. After missing the first six games of the season with a broken hand, Gulley wound up leading the team in scoring while reaching double figures in 22 of the 26 games he has played in. He also finished second on the team with 52 made three-pointers.

• An Emerging Contributor
Demetrius Harris emerged to put together a solid senior year. He started 28 times, averaging 9.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. The senior wound up with 291 points and 170 rebounds this past season, easily surpassing the 39 points and 33 boards he collected all of the previous season. Now, it looks like he may have a future on the gridiron, as the high school football star signed a multi-year free agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.

• Young Guns
A pair of freshmen appear to have a very bright future with the Panthers after strong performances during their first active seasons on the roster. Redshirt freshman J.J. Panoske wound up making 16 starts, averaging 5.0 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. He pushed those numbers to 6.6 points and 4.4 rebounds in league play and wound up fourth in the league in blocked shots. In fact, his 41 blocks for the season set a new school record. Meanwhile, Austin Arians appeared in 29 games and made three starts but had his greatest impact off the bench. He wound up fourth on the team in scoring at 6.6 points per game and averaged better than seven points per contest against league foes.

• The Injury Bug
The Panthers were never fully healthy during the 2012-13 campaign. Starting with senior Paris Gulley missing the first six games with a broken wrist, Milwaukee never did field a fully-healthy roster. Thierno Niang emerged as a likely contributor in the absence of Gulley but wound up missing more than half of the season with a bad back. Christian Wolf was in the starting lineup at the beginning of the season but wound up being extremely limited in the second half because of a concussion. James Haarsma and Kyle Kelm also missed time during the year and found themselves limited at other times. In the end, Milwaukee had 12 different players start at least one game, with eight of those players making their first collegiate starts during the year and the Panthers using eight different starting lineups. UWM also had 12 players appear in at least 14 games this season, while nine players have played in at least 10 of UWM's 16 league contests.

• Bench Brigade
UWM did get some very strong performances off its bench. Milwaukee's two best individual scoring outputs of the season came from the bench, with James Haarsma's 26 points against Detroit second on that list to the 34 Jordan Aaron scored in a reserve role against Ohio Dominican in late December. UWM had 18 double-figure efforts from its bench this season. The full list: Austin Arians (6) - 13 @ UALR; 10 vs. Rider; 19 vs. Cleveland State; 15 vs. Youngstown State; 17 @ Loyola; 15 @ Cleveland State
Jordan Aaron (2) - 34 vs. Ohio Dominican; 17 @ Valparaiso
Kyle Kelm (2) - 15 vs. Mary; 11 vs. Davidson
Evan Richard (2) - 11 vs. Rider; 11 @ Youngstown State
Demetrius Harris (2) - 14 vs. Ohio Dominican; 21 @ IUPUI
J.J. Panoske (1) - 13 @ Wisconsin
Ryan Haggerty (1) - 12 vs. Cleveland State
James Haarsma (1) - 26 vs. Detroit
Paris Gulley (1) - 20 @ IUPUI
• Numbers, Tips And Trends
- The Panthers wound up playing 10 of their 16 non-league games outside of Milwaukee, including road games at Northern Iowa, DePaul, Wisconsin and Fairfield. Milwaukee also opened league play with two-straight road contests for the first time since 2007-08. The road was not kind to Milwaukee this past season, as the Panthers went 1-15 in true road games and 1-17 total in games outside of Milwaukee.

- The duo of Jordan Aaron and Paris Gulley logged heavy minutes. Gulley averaged 37.0 minutes per contest while Jordan Aaron averaged 35.6. Those numbers had Gulley leading the league with Aaron sitting third. Gulley played 37 or more minutes in 13 of his last 17 games, including a run of four-straight games with a full 40 minutes under his belt. Aaron played the full 40 minutes twice in the last 11 games while also playing all but about 40 seconds of Milwaukee's 2 OT win over IUPUI.

- The Panthers led or were tied at halftime 14 times this past season but won just six of those 14 games.

- UWM saw three players score 20 or more points in the win over IUPUI Feb. 23, as Jordan Aaron scored 28, Demetrius Harris 21 and Paris Gulley 20. That's the first time that has happened since Feb. 5, 2005, when Joah Tucker (26), Ed McCants (22) and Boo Davis (20) did it.

- The win at IUPUI marked the first time the Panthers played in and won a double overtime game since January of 2001 at Loyola.

• Now We Peak Ahead
There will be a number of new faces on the 2013-14 Panther roster. Steve McWhorter transferred to UWM from Indiana State last summer and practiced this year while sitting out. Matt Tiby, a transfer from Kirkwood CC, joined the Panther roster at the start of the second semester and practiced while maintaining three seasons of college eligibility. Three other players signed National Letters of Intent during the fall signing period, as Trinson White of Milwaukee, Cody Wichmann of Pulaski and Brett Prahl of East Troy all officially agreed to join the Panthers. Then, junior-college transfer JeVon Long was added to the roster during the spring signing period. That group will join a core group of returnees that already knows it will face Davidson, Wisconsin, Northern Iowa and DePaul during non-league play.

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