Ladies and Gents, I'm itching to talk some Wahoo hoops. With the football season disappointing us all, I'm looking ahead to the nearing basketball season. (Don't get me wrong, I'll still be watching every football game and rooting like a fool.) I have high expectations for our b-ball squad this year. This team has incredible depth! But the ACC just got even tougher with the new additions to the league. Further, our out of conference slate will be a great challenge this year. I'm ready to watch a run in the tourney!
But, first things first. Any guesses as to who the starting five will be? My best guess is: Malcolm Brogdon, Joe Harris, Justin Anderson, Anthony Gill, and Akil Mitchell. I think that's probably our best five. Akil and Gill would be interchangeable as forwards. Neither is a true center, but we haven't had much trouble with that in the past. But depending on matchup, I could see Tobey getting some starts as well, as a more traditional "big".
This raises a lot of questions regarding playing time. Mike Tobey will certainly get a lot of time in the rotation with Mitchell and Gill, and might even start. (Not to mention Darrion Atkins sprinkled in.) Either way, we have a strong 3 man rotation down low. Nolte should get a good share of minutes in the 3 or 4 spot to supplement the deep ball.
Another looming question is whether Brogdon can play the point effectively. If I remember correctly, he was more of a scorer when healthy-- not necessarily a true facilitator. While it will be a nice change of pace from Jontel Evans now that our PG can threaten to score, we've got plenty of firepower throughout the rest of the roster already. Will Brog come off the bench as a "two" instead to rest Harris, with Teven Jones getting a lot of playing time at PG after some good experience last season?
Further, will one of the first years, Hall or Perrantes, step up and take minutes at PG? I don't know much about the first year guys. Are either of them able to be a facilitator right away? We don't really need more offense-- just someone who can play defense and distribute the ball well. I really have no idea what they will contribute.
I'm really interested to see how this all shakes out. What do you all think? What will be the starting five, and who will get the most minutes off the bench? Wahoowa.