Friday Fodder: Will Pack’s Carter use 3 PGs in 2014?
March 15, 2013
Sports fodder for a Friday morning…Nevada Wolf Pack coach David Carter dropped a hint about the immediate future of his basketball team this week before leaving for the Mountain West tournament. Carter is seriously toying with the idea of starting three point guards (Deonte Burton, Marqueze Coleman and UTEP transfer Michael Perez). The idea of starting three guards under 6-foot-4 is intriguing. Coleman clearly deserves more minutes and Perez, a former UTEP starter, could be the newcomer of the year in the conference. But it doesn't solve the Pack's biggest problem: rebounding, toughness and defending the paint.
The Wolf Pack's 12-19 season mercifully came to an end with a loss to Wyoming in the Mountain West tournament play-in game. But now is when the Pack's season really gets interesting. The Pack loses just one player (Malik Story) that played significant minutes this year. It would seem that a .500 season at best is in store for 2013-14. But be patient. It remains to be seen whether everyone (in addition to Burton, Perez, Coleman) who is scheduled to be back — namely Cole Huff, Jerry Evans, Kevin Panzer, Devonte Elliott, Ali Fall, Jordan Burris, Jordan Finn and Richard Bell — do indeed come back. There might be more movement with this roster than you might expect.
Carter does not stomach losing very well. You can bet he won't go into another season with a roster as unprepared for the rigors of the Mountain West as this one he had this past season. The program is in good hands with David Carter. The Wolf Pack likely won't go from worst to first in the Mountain West next year but they will compete for one of the top five spots.
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