The graduation of Ben Lammers has left some big shoes for Pastner and the Jackets to fill going into 2018-2019. Pastner has talked at length about looking to play a more open style of “positionless” basketball this season, this should mean that you will see significantly more 4 out 1 in sets than you saw last season. This will help the Jackets, as there is not much depth in the front court returning from last season, but a good amount of promise.
Abdoulaye Gueye – 6-9 217 R-Senior
2017-2018 stats: 5.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.1 blocks, .467% from the floor
Gueye, a redshirt senior from Senegal, will be the main big man option for the Jackets this season. He was the main option off the bench for Pastner and started 23 games last season. Gueye played better once the conference season rolled around, averaging 6.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Gueye has shown growth last season, he had a three-game stretch with double figure scoring and a season high 16 points against Pitt. A player that Pastner has praised during pre-season practice, hopefully Eric “Big Man whisperer” Reveno can help Gueye’s game grow and improve in the same way he helped Ben Lammers become and all-ACC performer. Look for Gueye to play a more defensive and rebound heavy role this season as the Jackets will look more to their wing players to carry the scoring load and shift to a more open offensive philosophy.
Sylvester Ogbonda – 6-10 237 R-Junior
Ogbonda struggled with injures last year, only playing in 9 games for the Jackets. Is probably the closest to Lammers in play style, another player that the Jackets are hopping will blossom under Reveno’s tutelage. Had a season high 7 points against VPI last season, in 10 min played, to go along with 4 rebounds.
Evan Cole – 6-9 217 Sophomore
2017-2018 stats: 3.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, .460 from the floor, .273 from 3pt
Cole looks like more of the stretch 4 type player, that is taking over the NBA, than a traditional rim protecting big man. Cole really came on late in the season, after working his way into the rotation, averaging 5.7 points, 5.3 rebounds per game while shooting 4 of 9 from behind the arc during Tech’s final 7 games. Cole originally signed an NLI to play for Kevin Keats at UNC-Wilmington but asked for a release after Keats left for the NC State job. He is another player that has garnered rave reviews from Pastner for his growth during the offseason and pre-season practice. Cole will have a chance to thrive in Pastner’s new “positionless” offensive scheme.