SJSU Hoops Will Be a Versatile Group in 09-10

The 2009-2010 Spartans will be a flexible bunch. No, we won't see legs placed behind the necks of any men's basketballers - at least we don't think so - we're talking about the skills and athletic ability to perform at multiple positions, aka versatility.

The latest San Jose State signees will be leading the way on this with:

  • 6-8 redshirt Kyle Thomas playing at both the power forward/4 and wing/3 positions.
  • 6-8 newcomer Moses Omolade splitting time at the power forward/4 and center/5 spots.
  • 6-3 prep school transfer Chris Jones hitting the trifecta as a wing/3, shooting guard/2 and possibly even some time at the point/1.
  • 6-5 Anthony Dixon setting up as a wing/3 and also using his toughness as a power forward/4.
  • 6-3 Aalim Moor earning minutes at both backcourt posts/1 & 2.
  • 6-8 Joseph Henson seeing action at the power forward/4 and center/5.

As a group, these newcomers are an dual influx of multi-dimensional talents and athletic prowess. Such a combination contributes to greater depth in case of foul trouble, illness or injury and also in matching up with opponents as San Jose State will have many more offensive and defensive matchup options whether an opponent goes small or big.

Having such versatility also provides the prerogative of upping the offensive pressure via fastbreaking and possibly even pressing at opportune times.

This bunch is easily the most athletic band of newcomers in any recruiting class of the Coach Nessman era. Summertime play will soon begin at West Valley College and at Santa Clara University and we'll bring subscribers periodic updates on who and what we see.

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