long sleeve polo UNI has plenty coming back
The Panthers bring back eight players who were on a deep squad and along for the ride during last year’s 31 4 season that has put the program on firmer ground than perhaps ever before.
“Those eight are going to have to be the anchor for us,” Jacobson said.
Included in that group are guards who played five of the six most significant roles in the backcourt. Seniors Matt Bohannon, Paul Jesperson, Wes Washpun, junior Jeremy Morgan and sophomore Wyatt Lohaus will be in UNI uniforms this winter, as Jacobson reminded everyone.
“Wes and Wyatt at the point, (Bohannon) and Paul are two of what I think are as good of shooters as there are in the country and Jeremy has a lot of size and versatility to his game,” Jacobson said. “Those five give us a lot of experience and a lot of leadership.”
With Jesperson standing 6 foot 6, he could potentially spend some time at the power forward position to allow UNI to have four experienced guards on the court.
The question that was originally posed involved UNI keeping up with reigning MVC regular season champion Wichita State. Or, more specifically, how the Panthers can do it.
It starts with the experienced guys and continues with yet another reason for excitement for the upcoming season.
It will be a trial by fire for the aforementioned players stepping into big shoes thanks to a non conference schedule that will rank as one of the best and toughest in the country.
“With those guys, it’s about getting into game action. (Klint Carlson, Ted Friedman and Bennett Koch) are going to be on the floor,
in the mix and have an opportunity to gain the kind of experience we’ll need to have when we get to Valley play,” said Jacobson. “Then we’ve got a couple guys who redshirted, a JUCO guard coming in, a couple freshmen joining us and we’ll see where those guys fit in.”
Illinois State was able to play two games in the NIT where some of the changes were being used on an experimental basis, and head coach Dan Muller said nothing was drastic.
But there are still reasons for the move, and Indiana State head coach Greg Lansing issued his support.
“I like it, I think we should keep transitioning toward unifying the rules with the NBA or all the rules for European basketball try to make it so it’s all the same game,” said Lansing. “Anything to help speed up the game is great.”
Drake coach Ray Giacoletti offered a different opinion.
“I don’t think it’s a solution to score more points. I don’t think the game was broke,” he said. “If you look, March Madness continues to grow in the United States and throughout the world. I’m looking forward to it, but I think the biggest thing is getting your guys to understand, on both sides of the ball, how to be as efficient as you can those last seven seconds.”
LYNCH OUT: While it wasn’t a totally unexpected move,
Reggie Lynch kind of put Illinois State in a bind with his decision to transfer to Minnesota and be closer to home.