MBB Practice Report: Oct. 25

Oct. 25, 2017

RUSTON – Two guards, two forwards and one center.

Not referencing the starting five. Instead, referring to the five newcomers on this year’s Bulldog squad.

By design, head coach Eric Konkol and the coaching staff set out during the recruiting process, trying to find ways to have a deeper bench.

A deeper bench, something that has been a void for the Bulldogs the last two years (primarily due to injuries) can provide several things – playing more up-tempo, maxing out effort during games, improving practices.

It also can give assistant coaches like Tony Skinn a breather from not having to run plays on the scout team.

The key to finding and choosing these five – Kyle McKinley, Harrison Curry, Anthony Duruji, Amorie Archibald and Exavian Christon – was fit.

“The first thing you always look at is what kind of person are they,” Konkol said. “Are they positive people, high energy, are they committed to becoming their very best, are they going to be the type of student that we are looking for that can excel here at Louisiana Tech.

“Then as a player, we were looking for a variety of things from this entire class class. We feel like each of them have fit and also have so much room to grow. There is great potential in all of them. I am excited about this group. They have mixed in very well culturally and the chemistry with the team is very strong.”

 

 

Another key component to these newcomers … versatility. They most certainly have that.

“The only guy that is really one position is Kyle McKinley,” Konkol said. “He is a true center, big body at 6-10 and up to 230 pounds, getting stronger. Everybody else has a little bit of versatility. Amorie Archibald can play the point and the two. Exavian Christon is really a wing, but he is so strong and athletic he can guard bigger guys than him.

Anthony Duruji is a multi-facetted forward who can shoot the three and is very athletic. We could see him playing the three or the four. And Harrison Curry can shoot the basketball, but he is also 6-7, 230 pounds and can bang with some big boys. We like the versatility in this group.”

And let’s not forget about JaColby Pemberton who is not a newcomer but will be new to the lineup. The Texas 5A Player of the Year as a high school senior sat out last year to recover from a knee injury.

His middle name could be ‘versatility’ with his offensive game and his toughness on D to guard almost any player, any size.

Hailing from five different states – Minnesota, Michigan, Florida, Maryland and Arkansas -- the five new faces to the program have been in Ruston since the summer are anxious to introduce themselves to Bulldog fans starting on Nov. 10 in the season opener against UT Tyler inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court.

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