That is where junior college signee Fahro Alihodzic comes in.
The former D-1, now Southeastern Community College (IA) product has been impressive in the Blackhawks first 12 games, averaging 16 points and eight rebounds again – both categories that lead the team.
"It's great to be able to play the way I know I can play," said Alihodzic, who has battled injuries at Fordham. "I have a lot to prove and I am playing with that mentality.
"The biggest challenge has been to bond as a team instead of playing like individuals. The whole team is new with only two returners. So we have had to get back into the flow of things, playing games day in and day out."
Despite the lack of team chemistry early on, Southeastern has jumped out to a 10-2 record, with a tournament win over the weekend.
"We had three games the last three days in a Thanksgivings tournament. We won all three, so we have some momentum," said Alihodzic. "We lost two tough away games which could have gone either way. We have our next game next week away which should be a challenge. Playing away from home is a lot tougher in junior college."
"Fahro brings experience at this level and that should help in his adjustment," said Sadler. "He is similar to Brandon Ubel, as he is a skilled guy who can stretch a defense and also a very active player on the inside who is not afraid to mix it up."
As a freshman at Fordham University, he made 14 starts, averaging 4.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. He had a season-high 16 points, including 8-of-13 shooting from the field, and added eight rebounds at Saint Joseph's. Prior to attending Fordham, Alihodzic played at the Canarias Basketball Academy and was also a member of England's U-20 National Team.
***Parts of the NU Media Relations Report were included in this story***