The Virginia men’s basketball team plays tonight in the ACC Tournament as the No. 2 seed after logging an 11-5 league record. In the preseason, The Sabre asked some of the key questions facing the Hoos for the 2006-07 season including “Do the Hoos have enough backcourt depth?” and “Can Virginia win ACC games on the road?” We revisit the “10 Key Questions” of the preseason with a look back at Part II.
Will Harris ‘ enthusiasm is contagious.
5. How Much Will The Newcomers Contribute? The answer here seems to be “enough.” Will Harris , Solomon Tat , Ryan Pettinella, Jamil Tucker , and Jerome Meyinsse did not come in and take over all of the minutes in the 3-5 spots. None became a regular starter. No one shouldered a large scoring role or dominated defensively.
The group has contributed, though. First of all, the affects of practice repetitions alone cannot be undervalued, especially late in the season. UVa coach Dave Leitao has indicated that Sean Singletary and J.R. Reynolds don’t practice every day, particularly when they are battling nagging injuries, aches, and pains. The fact that the newcomers can keep the practice level high is a big contribution.
Individually, they seem to bring a certain thing to the table. Tat is a defensive specialist that can defend and bully perimeter defenders. Pettinella does the same thing defensively on the blocks and provides energy off the bench. Tucker is a match-up problem for opponents because he can step out and knock down 3-pointers – he’s also improved greatly on the defensive end and on the glass.
Harris, meanwhile, has carved out the most...
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