In 2012-13, the Division-II program made it to the Sunshine State Conference quarterfinals after falling just short of a .500 record of 12-13 on the season.
After not meeting previous expectations, Barry hired first year head coach Barry Estes in April of 2013. As the head man, Estes has racked up a 443-309 record, including a 270-243 at the four-year level and has received 10 Coach of the Year awards in his career, collecting at least one at every stop in his long, productive career.
For the upcoming season, Barry returns five lettermen, but also lost eight as well, including four starters from the 2012-13 squad.
The one lone returning starter for the Parrots is 2012-13 Barry Male Academic Athlete of Year and guard/forward, Magne Fivelstad. The 6-foot-6 sharpshooter from Norway possesses a great basketball IQ and can defend multiple positions on the floor. Fivelstad led Barry in field goal shooting percentage (.588), scored 10.5 points per game, grabbed 5.9 rebounds per game, and scored in double figures in 10 of 20 games he participated in last season.
Another native of Norway that is expected to make an impact is 6-foot-2 junior guard, Nico Ostbye. Ostbye participated in World University Games in the summer of 2013 and scored eight points vs. the USA U-23 National Team.
Deric Hill is a point guard with tremendous leadership qualities that recently transferred in from Florida International. In 2012-13, the lighting quick guard averaged 6.2 points, 3.3 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game. Hill led Panthers in assists (105), steals (75) and became first sophomore in Florida International history to record 100 assists in a season.
The biggest body Estes has at his disposal is 6-foot-10, 240-pound center, Matt Gamberoni. Estes is a skilled passer out of the post and provides Barry with a scoring threat on the block. In 2012-13, Gamberoni spent his freshman year at Kilgore College in Texas and averaged 5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.
South Florida shouldn't be tested too often Monday night against the Division-II program. Tipoff against Barry University will be at 7:00 PM on USF's campus at the Sun Dome and can be heard on the radio at 98.7-FM The Fan.