Coach Irrev0cable had a challenge to find good big men after losing 3 serious contributors off of last year's Elite 8 team. Now that recruiting has ended we hear that the coach is very pleased with his recruits. All of them will be required to play significant minutes their freshmen years, which may hold Ferrum back some this year. Senior Kyle Cuffie will slide over to SF as there is no true SF on the roster, which means a freshman will start at PF for Ferrum. This will be the first time coach Irrev0cable has started a freshman since Jeremy Martucci came on board 2 seasons ago.
C - Jessie Walden
: He has been chosen as the lucky freshman to start for Ferrum this season. His low post game, while not having any more upside, comes in as very advanced for a player his age. He will never have an elite low post game, but at 67 overall he certainly can help down low. He will have the benefit of playing alongside monster senior C Christopher Grandstaff who is hoping to become Ferrum's all-time leading rebounder and shot blocker. Walden also brings in advanced rebounding skills for someone his age, and he has A LOT of room for growth in the rebounding area. If coach Irrev0cable decides to make him a 4 year starter he should set the school's records for career rebounds. Walden doesn't come in as a great defender, but with massive upside he should not be a liability for long. Walden also offers average upside on athleticism and shot blocking.
PF - Louis Watanabe
: We hear this guy was coach Irrev0cable's top priority in the recruiting process. With high/high upside in practically every category he should end up as one of Ferrum's highest rated players of all time. This year, however, Watanabe will be a work in progress. He is a poor defender, but offers massive upside on defense. He is not a good rebounder or good in the low post, but offers sky is the limit upside in the low post, and HUGE improvement on rebounding. He will be forced to play for Ferrum this year due to need, but next year coach Irrev0cable would like to redshirt him to maximize his sky high potential. It will be a rough year for the true freshman, but by next season he should really contribute a lot to the Ferrum program.
SG - Brian Hundt
: We hear this guy was the other top priority for coach Irrev0cable. Hundt comes in as a very good defender, and with massive upside he should be an elite defender throughout his career. Hundt will likely never be a great offensive player, but with average upside on the perimeter and sky is the limit upside on low post he should at least be able to score some points. He also has tremendous room for growth with his athleticism, which should help keep him relevant on offense. With high/high upside on ball handling and passing coach Irrev0cable would like to slot him in as a PG his junior year once Jeremy Martucci has graduated. Until then he will likely split time at PG and SG. Hundt has a good work ethic, and already has good stamina so he will be able to stay on the court.
C - Roy Godines
: Godines was a player that coach Irrev0cable went back and forth on for a few cycles before finally committing. Starting off at only 413 overall coach was hesitant to bring him on board. After a few scouting reports it was determined that Ferrum really needed this guy. Godines offers good rebounding as a true freshman, and still has some upside. Godines offers huge upside on athleticism and defense, and sky is the limit upside in the low post. If the scouting reports are accurate Godines could be starting for Ferrum next season once Grandstaff graduates. Godines won't be a liability on defense as a freshman, and with huge growth potential on defense he may leave coach Irrev0cable no choice but to start him, especially if his offensive game comes along quickly. Did we mention that Godines is expected to see *significant* growth with his outside shot as well?
PF - Isaac Frye
: Coach Irrev0cable wasn't even looking at Frye until after an entire day of recruiting. With no other options looking that enticing coach did some scouting reports on Frye. With high/high upside on athleticism and defense, and sky is the limit upside in the low post Frye offered enough upside that coach Irrev0cable felt he could offer him a scholarship. Frye is not a great rebounder and never will be. With big upside on speed Frye may eventually slot in at SF to maximize the value of Frye's good but not great rebounding ceiling. Frye is likely destined to be a guy who plays anywhere from 10-20 minutes per game, and will likely always come off the bench. His athleticism and defense will keep him on the court, and if his low post game significantly improves as expected it is possible he could start for Ferrum his senior year. Every team needs those "contributors" and that is what coach Irrev0cable hopes for from Frye.