LAST SEASON: 8-22 (0-16, last in West Coast Conference)
COACH: Kerry Keating, sixth season, 74-90
KEY PLAYERS: Junior guard
Kevin Foster (17.8 points, 3.2 assists), senior forward
Marc Trasolini (12.8 points, 6.1 rebounds in 2010-11), junior guard
Evan Roquemore (13.8 points, 5.3 assists), senior guard
Raymond Cowels (10.1 points, 3.5 rebounds).
SCOUTING REPORT: Things fell apart quickly for the Broncos last season after they won the CollegeInsider.com Tournament in 2010-11. Trasolini missed last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament injury, suffered during an exhibition game in his native Canada. Foster was suspended the final 11 games after an arrest on suspicion of DUI. The return of those players should bring the Broncos back to respectability, and they were picked to finish sixth in the WCC preseason coaches poll. ... Santa Clara had only one senior on last year's roster and returns every player who saw significant minutes. ... Trasolini's and Foster's absences last year should mean more depth for this year's team.
Niyi Harrison, junior
John McArthur and sophomore
Yannick Atanga all played big minutes in the post last year, and sophomore guard
Denzel Johnson should be ready to contribute. ... Roquemore and Foster give the Broncos a strong and steady backcourt that can score and distribute and should be more dynamic thanks to Trasolini's presence in the frontcourt.
-- JIMMY DURKIN