Steve Hesser brings back nearly his entire roster that won 21 games last season, and the Panthers open the season on the West Coast this week in the D-II CCA Tipoff Classic.
Drury opens the season against West Texas A&M, a Division II semifinalist last spring. The Panthers return 14 letterman from the 2017-18 squad, which reached the NCAA Tournament.
With a deep, experienced roster and a uptempo playing style, the Panthers will utilize the full bench in the opening week of the season.
“We have 10, 11, 12 guys that have the opportunity to play,” Hesser said. “That’s one thing we’ll find out when we get back from California – playing three games in three days – who might separate.”
Drury’s season opener in Anaheim against No. 4 West Texas A&M will tip off at 11 a.m. Central Time.