JOE CALLERO DISCUSSES DYLAN ROYER (video)
CAL POLY SEASON REVIEW (video)
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Third-year head coach Joe Callero and the Cal Poly Athletics Department recently announced that guard Dylan Royer, the Big West Conference's top three-point shooter last year, has earned a full scholarship for his 2012-13 senior season.
Had he met the NCAA statistical minimum of 2.5 made three-pointers per game, Royer's 46.5 (72-for-155) percent mark from the arc last season would have ranked fifth among approximately 4,225 Division I players. Royer, who led the nation in three-point percentage during a period in early December, finished fifth on Cal Poly's roster last year with 7.5 points per contest. A starter in 22 games last year, Royer hit at least one three-pointer during 31 of 33 contests and knocked down multiple three-pointers on 22 occasions. During successive victories against NCAA Tournament participant Mississippi Valley State (Nov. 26) and Sacramento State (Nov. 30), Royer knocked down a career-high five three-pointers. He also sank four three-pointers during a game three times.
A native of nearby Los Osos, a graduate of Morro Bay HS and the only central coast product on Cal Poly's roster, Royer is a biological science major and three-time member of the university's Dean's List.
"Dylan has been an excellent ambassador for our program, both on and off the court," said Callero, whose program has experienced a 42.5 percent increase in attendance during the previous three seasons. "His improvement and commitment to our program was evident with the playing time he earned last season. Dylan's situation is just another fine example of what hard work and persistence can do for a walk-on student-athlete."
Royer returns to a Cal Poly lineup flush with talent and experience. The Mustangs are expected to return five other letterwinners from a 2011-12 squad that registered the program's second-highest win total (18) in 18 Division I seasons and reached the semifinals of the Big West Tournament for the first time in five years. One of the top defensive programs and most efficient squads in the nation last season, the Mustangs finished the 2011-12 campaign ranked sixth among NCAA Division I teams in opponent rebounds per game (29.1), 12th in turnovers committed per game (10.6), 24th in opponent points per game (60.5), 28th in rebounding margin (plus-5.5) and 37th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.19-to-1).
Cal Poly's defensive prowess and overall efficiency helped forge a 10-4 home record that featured the program's highest win total inside Mott Gym in five years. The Mustangs, who allowed just 58.4 points per home game this past season, won their final five games in Mott Gym to secure the No. 4 seed for the Big West Tournament and clinch a second-successive top-half finish in the conference standings for the first time in five years.
In addition to the six returning letterwinners, Cal Poly will reemploy the services of guard Chris O'Brien, who started 26 of 30 games for the Mustangs two years ago and will return as a senior for the 2012-13 campaign after suffering an ACL injury last season. Forward Joel Awich and guard Reese Morgan, who both redshirted their first year on campus last season, will enter the Mustang lineup as freshman for the 2012-13 campaign.
Solidifying Cal Poly's returning corps is an incoming National Letter of Intent signing class composed of 6-7 Zach Allmon (San Luis Obispo, Calif. / Mission College Prep), 6-9 Brian Bennett (Romeoville, Ill. / Plainfield East HS), 6-8 forward Zach Gordon (Lynwood, Wash. / Archbishop Murphy HS) and 6-8 Josh Hall (Brush Prarie, Wash. / St. John's Northwestern Military Academy).