The Irish did a good job on the boards Sunday (not too terribly difficult when the D2 opponent's tallest player is 6-7), outrebounding Stonehill 48-30. Along with Harangody's double-double, Tory Jackson and Luke Zeller finished with big days under the basket. I would be thrilled to see Zeller keep up a 7 or 8 rebound per game average over the course of the season. Kurz averaged 7.1 last year, hopefully Zeller can give us the same thing. Time will tell.
Ty Nash is another guy who can give solid minutes and add to that rebounding total. The sophomore played only eleven minutes, an increase from the first exhibition, but I would have liked to see him on the floor more. We also need to get guys like Aromaitis and Scott on the floor more before Big East play. Both did see a solid number of minutes against Briar Cliff with Hillesland out.
First half shooting was horrendous, only 38%, but was made up for by a strong final twenty minutes (57%). The game was also a little sloppier than the first contest, with two more turnovers and a weaker percentage from the foul line.
Recruiting early signing period begins Wednesday. We should have four guys locked in then.