Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

UE Coach May Go for Big Look at Five Spot

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

UE Coach May Go for Big Look at Five Spot

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As of Sunday morning, University of Evansville coach Marty Simmons hadn't decided who would start at the five spot for tonight's 7:05 p.m. game against Alabama A& M at the Ford Center. Simmons said whether it's freshman Egidijus Mockevicius or sophomore Ryan Sawvell, "I'm sure you'll see those guys in there together at some point."

It should be a welcome sight for the Aces' fans who have clamored for a true big man over the past year.

Both Simmons and Sawvell talked during the offseason about a move to power forward from center, where the Mundelein, Ill., native played most of his freshman year. Since

August, when Evansville signed the 6-foot-10 Mockevicius, the Lithuanian native's development freed Sawvell to play a spot where his lanky 6-foot-8 frame isn't overmatched.

"Whether it's at the four or five doesn't really matter," Simmons said. "I think too much is put on that. Just be the best you can be because all those skills he can use at the four; when he uses them at the five, they're still equally positive for us."

Added Sawvell: "I have the option to pop out and shoot some perimeter shots. Other than that, there's almost no difference between the four and the five, especially if the other team's four likes to post up. That's when I usually start at the four."

Alabama A& M (2-2) will test Evansville with its 7-foot-1 center, junior Justan Banks, who averages 8.5 points and seven rebounds. Out of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, the Bulldogs have three other players on their roster who measure at 6-8 or taller as well as 6-5 junior Demarquelle Tabb, a wing player leading the team in scoring average (12.3) and rebounding average (8.8) per game.

If the Aces (3-2) go small, they could start sophomore Jordan Jahr, a shooting threat at the power forward spot. And sophomore Jaylon Moore comes off the bench at center. …

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