Richard Moore doesn't have a high-major wing gunner like he did last season with Darrion Pellum. The 4th year coach is also in a predicament inside as he presently has just one player on the roster over 6-foot-8.
"We still need two big guys," Moore said. "We need a guy who can come in and be a rebounder for us." The clock is ticking on fall additions so Moore's going to have to rely on playing tempo basketball with a bevy of guards and wings. "We're going to be up tempo and we'll be kick it and go."
At the commands of the offense will be Aaron Austin, a natural combo with size (6-3) and the ability to get in the seams and make plays for himself and teammates. Last week Austin committed to Brad Greenberg's Radford program. "It was all Coach Greenberg; he's got that NBA experience," Austin said.
Austin and Ramon Smith may wind up handling the basketball a good portion of the time. Smith, a point in the making, has leadership qualities and a strong frame.
Lyons Can Shoot It
The wing positions will be manned by Michael Lyons and Raylin Brown, a pair of Division I prospects. Lyons, a 6-4 shooting guard, knocks them down from different spots on the floor and will finish with a measure of athleticism on occasion.
The interior play will be entrusted to Wendell Faines and Kelvin McNeil. Faines is already committed to Drake and can score in the post but he'll be counted on to own his area rebounding-wise. McNeil, more of combo forward, is nursing a knee injury sustained in July and isn't ready to go yet. He may wind up being the top player on the roster.
Everybody on the roster is going to get time. The athletic Josh Arnold will get his chance on the wing. So will Carl Hauke, James Shert, Malcolm Woodbury and Nathan Wright.