Sunday, June 8, 2014

MBB: Changes Coming in 2014-15

Switching gears from football to basketball, we're going to take a look at some changes coming to the team in 2014-2015.

You have most likely heard about Samford's trouble with transferring players: during their now-ousted head coach Bennie Seltzer's two seasons, they have lost fourteen players.

On the other hand, Wofford's dealings in the transferring practice may not be so publicized. Four Wofford players transferred out before last season, including Jarell Byrd, who played 798 minutes and scored 187 points in his two seasons (2011-2012, 2012-2013) with the Terriers. He was joined by three freshmen, James Long (who went to West Virginia), Kevin Hickson, and Bryan Harris (who went to UMBC).

Ryan Sawvell is transferring to Wofford from Evansville.
Photo by Samantha Owens/Evansville Courier & Press
This year, we are gaining a transfer from Evansville, Ryan Sawvell. The former Purple Ace forward was limited to seven games last year due to an injury. Before that happened, he logged 106 minutes and averaged six points and nearly four rebounds a game.

In his previous two seasons (2011-2012, 2012-2013), the 6'8'', 200 pound Illinois native played 1,040 minutes for the Aces. During his entire career, he has averaged 57% made field goals and a 63.8% free throw percentage. He has only attempted six three-pointers, of which he made one.

Sawvell announced on Twitter last Wednesday that he would have two years of eligibility left, seasons that will be spent with the Terriers.

So far, Wofford has received Letters of Intent from shooting guard Larry McKnight, Jr. (Miami, FL), point guard Derrick Brooks (Bartow, FL), and forward Cameron Jackson (Winchester, VA).

The Terriers are also losing a player, Zac Grossenbacher, who, as a redshirt sophomore last season averaged 1.9 points a game, while playing 94 minutes in seventeen games.

Although it's still early, Wofford was definitely spared this year. With our only losses from last year's roster (so far) being Aerris Smith, whose senior season came to a heartbreaking close last year, and the transferring of Grossenbacher, our team should be just as strong, if not stronger, than last season's.

I look forward to another great year of Terrier basketball.

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