Tuesday, April 21, 2009

New Look Danes (once again)

With the addition of Mike Black and Derrek Tartt (see post below) the 2009-10 recruiting class is finalized for coach Will Brown and the University at Albany.

Here are the others

Gavin Glanton, 6-7, 200, Forrest City, Ark.
Blake Metcalf, 6-9, 250, Camby, Ind.
Ralph Watts, 6-5, 195, Peekskill, N.Y.

Here's how the 2009-10 team will look in terms of class.

Will Harris
Brett Gifford
Mike Johnson
Scotty McRae

Tim Ambrose
Louis Barraza

Billy Allen

Red-Shirt Freshmen
Logan Aronhalt
Jake Lindfors

Mike Black
Gavin Glanton
Blake Metcalf
Derrek Tartt
Ralph Watts
John Puk

Analysis: With the emergence of Mike Johnson at the end of the season, he probably will figure into the starting lineup next season. I would assume the starting five would be something like this (starters in bold):

PG: Johnson/Black
SG: Ambrose/Barraza/Allen/Tartt
SF: Aronhalt/Watts/Glanton
PF: Harris/McRae/Metcalf
C: Gifford/Lindfors

The added height of Metcalf (6-9), Glanton (6-7) Lindfors (6-10), who didn't play last year and even Watts (6-5), could give the Great Danes a lot more depth up front, something they really needed against non-conference teams and opponents like Vermont and Boston University.

It also could mean that Will Harris will play more small forward. Last year, Brown wanted to get him more time at power forward, but with the added bigger bodies, Harris may be back at the three.

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