Thursday, December 14, 2006

A View From the Opposing Bench

No more stories about Elon. I promise. Starting Sunday.

For now, I'd like to introduce a feature I had been hoping to add during the Big East season, but I figured I could debut it now. When we play a team with a solid fan base, I will ask the moderator of an opponent's blog or message board to give me a quick preview of the upcoming fixture. This week I am honored to present the comments of Adam from about the Phoenix:

About the site:
"This board is typically very active, but the board sees the most activity during football and baseball season, which typically are the focus sports of the school. We've been one of the better baseball programs of the mid-majors, though the SoCon [Southern Conference] could almost carry major conference status with the way it has been lately."

On the team:
"Our team is young. We graduated all conference player Jackson Atoyebi last year, had three players leave the team in the past season, and on top of that graduated 3 other impact players, mostly a good shooting guard Scottie Rice and a PF Colin Wyatt. For 3 games this year we dressed 10 guys, 6 of which are freshman, and 2 of which saw quality playing time last year.

"Chris Chalko is usually a huge player but has been slumping bad this season. Our starting PG Montell Watson who was huge last season is out until January and it is unclear if he is redshirting or not. And our starting SG Levonn Jordan has been hampered with a concussion and has seen limited time the past 2 weeks. Outside of that, we are just plain young and inexperienced. Freshman Carter has played some really good minutes this year as PG and G/F Brett James(soph) has been streaky but fairly solid so far."

Many thanks again to Adam for his comments. He also mentioned that Chalko is styled more like a tall SG, but is forced to play the post due to a lack of height among the rest of the team.

Ok, I've hyped this matchup to death. Hope we turn out a good crowd tomorrow. Take it easy.

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