Sunday, October 30, 2016

Big man wanted: Southern's search for a center goes beyond one position

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -- The Jaguars need a big man.

The Southern men's basketball team doesn’t have a specific plan for how it wants to compete inside, at least not one coach Roman Banks is comfortable sharing just yet.

He has a few options, but almost all of them create a ripple effect through the lineup, and none of them seems to fit into a nice package in terms of size matchups.

“We have a few different possible ways (we could go) that we're looking at,” Banks said. “I just think that it’s a little bit too early; some people still have a bit of a learning curve, and not one person has shown any dominance.”

If the season started tomorrow — and Banks is happy it doesn’t — instead of Nov. 12 at Ohio, junior Jared Sam likely would start at center.

At 6-foot-9 and 210 pounds, Sam is the closest thing the Jaguars have to a natural big man, at least one with any practical experience at the position within the confines of Southern’s system.


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