“As good as people thought him last year, I mean, they have no idea what they’re going to see this year.”
The appearance of Ike resulted in Hunter Thompson coming off the bench as a backup in fifth position. The 6-10, 235-pound senior from Pine Bluffs has been working hard on the foursome over the summer.
“The nice thing about Hunter is that he’s such a team player,” said Linder. “Last year when he was a fourth year junior and was replaced by Ike in the starting XI, he didn’t blink. He knew this was best for the team, so he took on his role. He knows I want him to get as many good threesomes as possible. … He’s such a better rebounder when he comes out of the perimeter because he has such a good feel for the ball. “
UW also gives 6-5 Junior Guard Kenny Foster (9.1 ppg, 3.6 RPG), 6-5 Senior Guard Drake Jeffries (7.4 ppg, 52 made 3s), 6-8 sophomore striker Jeremiah Oden ( 4.0 ppg, 2.7 RPG) and 6. back -10 junior striker Eoin Nelson (3.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg).
College of Southern Idaho transfer Deng Dut, a 6-4 sophomore from Melbourne, Australia, competes for the starting point guard with Noah Reynolds, a true 6-3 freshman from Peoria, Illinois.
Brendan Wenzel, a 6-7 sophomore, gives the back space size and offensive ability. The Utah transfer is poised to play a key role this season as they commit to the defensive end of the floor.