With no player averaging more than 10 minutes per contest, State Fair Community College head coach Matt Brown has put some effort into introducing each member of the 2019-20 Roadrunners through nine games.
Recording a 78-56 win over Central Methodist’s reserves Tuesday at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center, strengths, weaknesses and roles continued to develop for SFCC players looking to help the Roadrunners by the end of the season in the Region 16 Tournament.
Damaria Franklin is among two returning sophomores from last season and, aside from sharpening his shooting prowess, is making strides as a floor general and defender. A dismal shooting performance (2-for-16) Nov. 9 against Indian Hills illustrated the need to develop another long-range shooting threat among the Roadrunners — a recurring theme from last season.
Kailleb Walton-Blanden, sophomore, has averaged about 14 points, four boards and three assists over the last two years at Gillette College (Gillette, New York) and Rapid City Central High School in South Dakota — and has showed no signs of slowing that pace.
Lual Akot, a freshman from Topflight Academy in Ottawa, Canada, has made the most immediate impact among the first-year players, providing a stretch-forward skillset that allows him to distribute, rebound and dunk the ball with similar ease.
Malcolm Townsel, sophomore, is a reliable frontcourt presence for SFCC with nine points and four rebounds per game and a consistent shot — making 44 percent from the field last year and opening this season shooting about 50 percent.
Sarion McGee, a Milwaukee native, transferred from Beckley Prep in West Virginia after averaging a double-double two years ago and redshirting last season. He trails only Franklin in rebounds, grabbing about six boards per game to go with seven points in the post.
Dimitri Georgiadis, sophomore, counts as another reinforcement in the frontcourt after garnering about 5 minutes per game last season at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. He entered Tuesday with a team-high 10 blocks and 6.6 rebounds per game. Georgiadis, of Richmond, Virginia, has twice represented the Romanian National Team on the 20U and 18U teams.
John Egubta has yet to draw a start, but has been one of the first players off the bench as a freshman who attended Cardinal Hayes High School (Bronx, New York) and Wadleigh High School (Harlem, New York).
Kohen Thompson, who transferred from Tennessee Preparatory Academy, and Nate McClure, who redshirted last season at Texas State in San Marcos, are both shooters who have contributed five and six steals, respectively, entering Tuesday’s contest.
Michael Wright, who attended IMPACT Academy in Las Vegas, and Keith DeLoatch, who hails from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, each entered the Central Methodist matchup with less than 10 minutes on the court. They join Sacred Heart’s Trent Lyles, who redshirted last season, as reserves who expect to contribute more as the season moves forward.
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