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Gomes was the school's first Associated Press First Team All-American since Marvin Barnes in 1974. A 6-7 forward, Gomes was fourth in the BIG EAST with an 18.9 scoring average and second with a 9.4 rebounding mark. He shot 50.7 percent from the floor and 87.0 percent from the foul line, which was second best in the league. Point guard Donnie McGrath is another returning veteran. The 6-4 junior has started every game of his collegiate career. Last year, he averaged 10.0 points and 3.4 assists. McGrath is also a 3-point threat, connecting on a team-leading 67 baskets from beyond the arc.

Forward Tuukka Kotti and swingman Dwight Brewington were prominent reserves who figure to make strong bids for starting positions. The Friars have to find a new center, though Gomes and Kotti have seen time in the middle. The bottom line is that the Friars will latch onto Gomes and go as far as he can lead them.
The Friars will be able to enjoy what has become a rare situation in college basketball. They have a returning consensus All-American. Forward Ryan Gomes is back for his senior season after nixing an early jump to the NBA. Coach Tim Welsh has some holes to fill around Gomes, but Welsh expects his returnees and a solid group of newcomers to keep the Friars in line for postseason play. Last year, PC tied a school mark by compiling an 11-5 BIG EAST record. The Friars spent nine weeks in the national polls and were ranked as high as No. 12.