The good news for the Bethel College men's basketball team is seven letterwinners return from last season.
The bad news is none of the starters return and the team is still on the small side.
Alonzo Jamison begins his third season as the Thresher coach, where he is 7-48. Jamison is assisted by Pete Herrera and Michael Doerksen.
Bethel was 3-25 last season, 2-16 in KCAC play.
"Our program is starting from scratch again," Jamison said. "Nobody had a claim on the starting five. Even if we had returners, there still wouldn't be — especially after a season like last season."
Returnees for the Threshers include senior Albert Wilson (6-0, G, .85 ppg), senior Robbie Wright (6-1, G, 8.89 ppg, 2.30 rpg 2011-12), junior Jermaine Howard (6-0, G, 5.95 ppg, 1.34 rpg, 2.74 apg), sophomore Cody Cape (6-3, F, 5.00 ppg, 3.26 rpg), sophomore Jenson Kingsley (6-2, G-F, 2.29 ppg), sophomore Preston Kolbeck (6-1, G, 3.25 ppg, 1.25 rpg) and sophomore Rodney Hill (2.90 ppg, 1.10 rpg).
Top newcomers include junior Nnambi Hope-Ezeigbo (6-4, G-F, Scottsdale (Ariz.) CC), sophomore DeWayne Canady (6-1, G, Arkansas-Little Rock) and sophomore Arty Vela (6-0, G, Concordia (Texas)).
"We had a lot of games where we couldn't get over the hump," Jamison said. "A lot of that had to do with the mental state of the team. Thinking that you can't do it, means you won't. That's what I like about this team. They are mentally tough. They are not tall, but I will take tough over tall any time."
Non-conference opponents for the Threshers include Central Christian, Park, Doane, William Penn, Haskell Indian Nations and Baker. Bethel has exhibitions against Fort Hays State, Emporia, Central Methodist and Newman.