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Preston Santos

At UMass

Roster photo 2021-22

  • Showed promise on the court with his freshman year campaign, but he took a year away from basketball in 2020-21 to focus on his mental health, and his productivity on the court did not recover.
  • Signed NLI on 11/15/2018.2)

2021-22 Junior year

  • Was classified as a Junior on the official roster, but because he didn't play in 2020-21, has three years of playing eligibility remaining.
  • Could not regain his form from the 2019-20 season. Fell down the depth chart to the last scholarship player to enter a game.
  • Appeared in 10 of the 32 games on the season, but only logged 38 minutes total, and typically when the game was already decided. Tallied just 9 points and 3 rebounds.
  • Made his first appearance versus Weber State (11/18), with one official minute of play.
  • With Noah Fernandes and TJ Weeks unavailable (flu) versus Fairfield (12/19), Santos got 7 minutes of work in the overtime win. Picked up an assist.
  • Logged a season-high 9 minutes at Saint Louis (1/23). Tallied two points and a rebound, but picked up four fouls.
  • Got 8 minutes of work versus George Mason (1/30), but did not score or get a rebound.
  • Hit a 3-pointer at Dayton (2/23).
  • Went 2-2 from the floor for 4 points vs VCU (2/26).

2020-21 Sophomore year

  • Took a leave of absence from the team for personal reasons.3) Coach McCall said on 12/7/20: “We’re optimistic we can get him back at some point in time.”4)
  • Santos eventually revealed on his Instagram, on 3/2/21, that he was taking some time away to focus on his mental health.
  • Remained a part of the official roster, but did not participate in practices or games.

2019-20 Freshman year

Roster photo 2019-20

  • Appeared in all 31 games, and started in the final 12.
  • UMass was 2 games over .500 with Santos as a starter, -5 games with him off the bench.
  • Minutes per game went from 13.1 as a reserve, 24.0 as a starter.
  • Tallied 6 double-figure scoring games, all as a starter.
  • Shot 56-98 from the floor (.571), which would have led the team but leaders lists usually look for a minimum of 5 shots per game.
  • Shot 18-43 from 3 (.419), but again, not enough to qualify for leaders lists.
  • Averaged 3.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in the first four games.
  • Scored 6 points, snared 4 rebounds, and got a steal against St. John's (11/24).
  • Had a rough stretch with just 0.9 points and 0.3 rebounds in games 8-14.
  • Did better in the win over La Salle (1/8) with 5 points and 2 steals in just 9 minutes.
  • Tallied a then season-high 7 points, plus 3 rebounds, versus St. Bonaventure (1/15).
  • Three steals and a season-high 3 blocks versus George Washington (1/18).
  • Picked up the starting role for the Duquesne game (1/25). Responded with 6-8 shooting overall, 1-2 from 3, 2-2 from the stripe, 15 points, and a full season-high 12 rebounds for the double-double.
  • Went for 12 & 8 versus Saint Joe's (1/29).
  • Notched season-highs of 17 points and 4 assists in the win over George Mason (2/9).
  • Scored 13 points, with 3-4 shooting from 3, plus 3 rebounds and 3 assists, in the win over Saint Louis (2/18).
  • Foul trouble at Fordham (2/22) limited him to just 6 minutes, second lowest on the season.
  • Tallied 13 points and 3 rebounds at La Salle (3/4), and tied his season high with 3 blocks.



Game logs from Sports Reference

Career Highs

Through the 2021-22 season

Points17 - vs George Mason (2/9/20)
Field Goals7 - vs George Mason (2/9/20)
Field Goals Att.9 - vs George Mason (2/9/20)
3-Point FG3 - twice, last at La Salle (3/4/20)
3-Point FG Att.4 - twice, last at La Salle (3/4/20)
Free Throws2 - three times, last vs Duquesne (1/25/20)
Free Throw Att.4 - vs La Salle (1/8/20)
Rebounds12 - vs Duquesne (1/25/20)
Assists4 - vs George Mason (2/9/20)
Blocks3 - twice, last at La Salle (3/4/20)
Steals2 - five times, last vs George Mason (2/9/20)
Minutes34 - twice, last vs George Mason (2/9/20)

Career highs from


High School / Prep School

  • Spent the 2018-19 season at Woodstock Academy, helping the Centaurs to a 38-2 record with a No. 2 national ranking.
  • Played prep hoops with fellow UMass signees TJ Weeks and Tre Mitchell.
  • Dropped in 21 points in win over Springfield Commonwealth Academy.
  • Played AAU hoops on the EYBL circuit with Expressions Elite, shooting 53-percent from the floor.
  • Made prep stops at Bishop Hendricken in Warwick, R.I. and The Brooks School in North Andover, Mass.
  • Guided The Brooks School to consecutive NEPSAC championships.
  • Three-star recruit according to 247Sports.
  • No. 7-ranked player in Rhode Island.
santos_preston.txt · Last modified: 2022/09/19 10:19 by mikeuma