Daryus Quarles has been a starter for the Hawks for the majority on his career at St. Joe's. He will be coming off the bench for head coach Phil Martelli this year, replaced in the starting lineup by fellow junior Ron Roberts.
Daryus improved his shooting from his freshman year to his sophomore year, despite a slight slip in productivity. As a freshman, he shot 32% from the field and 25% from three-point range. As a sophomore, he saw that improve, to 38% from the field and 33% from three.
Quarles was a starter for the Hawks last season, playing a shade under 20 minutes per contest, and contributing 4.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in those minutes. This year, it remains to be seen what happens in terms of his minutes, but assistant coach Dave Duda commented on what he's hoping for from Quarles.
"We're really hoping for a breakthrough year," Duda began. "He's always willing to put in the extra time."
In last night's exhibition contest against Wheeling Jesuit, the Hawks showed a few wrinkles in their defense, including a 1-3-1 zone. At 6'6, Quarles has tremendous length, and could be an asset for the Hawks on the defensive end. Duda further, saying that Quarles "has been become more reliable on the defensive end."
Daryus Quarles should see the majority of his minutes at the 3 this year, in all likelihood being one of the first players off the bench. With senior guard Carl Jones suspended the next two games, it is possible that Daryus could provide the Hawks with a few minutes per half at the shooting guard spot, allowing either Chris Wilson or Langston Galloway a brief break.
While he will be coming off the bench this year, the Saint Joseph's coaching staff is still hoping for a breakthrough year from the junior swingman.
Tomorrow, our Player Profile series will roll on with 6'9 junior forward C.J. Aiken,
Player Profile: Daryus Quarles
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