DENVER – The 2018-19 Johnson & Wales University men's basketball season goes down as one of the most significant in program history for several reasons.
The 18-19 campaign marked the first for the Wildcats as an NCAA Division III Provisional member and was also the inaugural season for JWU Denver as a member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC).
Despite this major transition, the Wildcats had one of the best seasons in program history under the guidance of sixth-year head coach Quintin Grogan. JWU finished with an overall record of 17-8, tied with the 2009-10 team for the second-most wins in a single season, one victory short of the 2016-17 squad that won 18 games.
After getting picked to finish last in the SCAC preseason poll, the Wildcats made a strong first impression around the league by making a run at the SCAC regular season title, ultimately coming up just a game short.
As Johnson & Wales makes the move from NAIA to NCAA DIII, the Wildcats are not yet eligible to compete in the postseason, meaning Grogan's team this season was limited to just 25 total games. By winning 17 of those contests, the 2018-19 team finished with the best win percentage in program history at .680, breaking the mark previously held by the 16-17 squad that won 60 percent of its games.
The 2018-19 team also saw two individual players reach major milestones as seniors Andrew Romero III and Jontrell Herman cemented their place as two of the greatest players in JWU men's basketball history.
A look at all the major accomplishments by the 2018-19 JWU Denver men's basketball team:
- Best win percentage in program history (.680)
- Second-most wins in a single season (17)
- Class of 2019 finished with the most career victories (56)
- Coach Quintin Grogan tied Jeff Culver for the most career wins at JWU (64)
- Andrew Romero III's career ranks:
- 1st in points (2,043)
- 1st in rebounds (593)
- 2nd in 3-pointers (183)
- 2nd in assists (361)
- 3rd in field goal percentage (.501)
- 3rd in steals (201)
- Jontrell Herman career ranks:
- 1st in assists (361)
- 1st in 3-pointers (184)
- 2nd in points (1,794)
- 2nd in steals (261)
- 3rd in rebounds (523)
- 5th in field goal percentage (.449)