A Look Ahead: Bret Brielmaier

Last year Bret Brielmaier was a pleasant surprise for the Wildcats. He provided a nice option off the bench for a team that was thin in the middle thanks to injuries. What does 2007-08 have in store? Here are some options.

Last Season: Brielmaier played some serious minutes in the absence of Kirk Walters. He made an early season impact, but then injured his knee in early January and missed seven games. He played nine games where he logged double-digit minutes and the Cats went 8-1 in those games.

Mostly a role player, his best game was an eight point, six rebound outing against ASU.

Needs To Improve: It is hard to really pick apart the game of Brielmaier as he has pretty much maximized his somewhat limited athletic ability. He will occasionally take a shot too early in the possession and could be a better defender.

Brielmaier has really maximized his ability and it is hard to see him doing much more than he already has. He has shown glimpses of a nice jumper, but the Cats really don't want to rely on their 6-6 power forward for an offensive spark.

Best Case Scenario: Brielmaier continues to be a heady, physical presence for the Wildcats. He adds a little more variety to his offensive game and cements his role as the first big off the bench and earns the occasional start.

More than anything his best possibility is as a Gene Edgerson-type bruiser off the bench.

Worst Case Scenario: Other players make big strides in their game and the non-scholarship player sees his playing time reduced to spot minutes and mop-up duty.

Most Likely Scenario: I'd expect Brielmaier's role to sort of change throughout the year like it did last year. I'd expect to see him move in and out of the rotation as practice performances and match-ups dictate.

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