The Golden Grizzlies brought in two freshmen from high school detailed in the following table. The Golden Grizzlies also accepted transfer Colin Weaver from North Pointe Preparatory school in Phoenix, Arizona. Weaver has sophomore eligibility.
Oakland was picked by coaches, media and sports information directors to finish seventh in their second season in the Horizon League. Senior center Corey Petros was selected to the preseason first team and sophomore point guard Kahlil Felder was selected to the second team.
From the previous season, Oakland lost seniors Travis Bader and Duke Mondy to graduation. Bader finished his college career with the most three-point field goals made in NCAA history. Redshirt freshman Artis Cleveland violated team rules in the offseason and will not return to the team.
Oakland defeated NCAA Division II member Ferris State 94–87 and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics member Saint Xavier 87–72 in exhibition games prior to the start of the regular season. Both games were played at home at the O'rena.