Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

SLU Notes: Freshmen Likely to See Playing Time

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

SLU Notes: Freshmen Likely to See Playing Time

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Six St. Louis University freshmen have battled in practice for playing time the last six weeks under the assumption that one or two would lag behind and consider taking a redshirt year.

But as Saturday's season opener against Southern Illinois Carbondale approaches, that doesn't appear likely.

Not only does coach Jim Crews not expect any redshirts, but he said all six are likely to be used, at least early in the season.

"What we think at this time is that collectively we're the most consistent if we're playing a lot of guys," Crews said. "Within that collectiveness there will be individuals that go up and down because they're early in the process. The collectiveness has been more consistent and is better for us right now. We think that's a good thing."

Two freshmen guard Davell Roby and center Brett Jolly were starters in the exhibition game against Harris-Stowe, and the others showed glimpses of why Crews believes they can contribute.

Guards Miles Reynolds and Marcus Bartley can handle the ball. Austin Gillmann brings another big body and a perimeter shooting threat. And Milik Yarbrough is a big, athletic scorer with a massive wingspan.

Crews had said he would initiate conversations with the freshmen about their progress and give them the choice of sitting out a season. Now, he said, "I don't think we'll redshirt anyone."

As opposed to setting a pecking order, Crews said the freshmen will be used in what he believes are the combinations where each fits best. And he might not waste any time in doing so.

"We might play 13 Saturday," he said. "I wouldn't be surprised if we do. I've never been a part of that. It is kind of hard. It's unique, but as we feel as a staff right now, that's what it looks like."

BIG MEN IMPROVING

The preseason was a rough time for three of the team's inside players. Forward Grandy Glaze missed three weeks after sustaining a separated shoulder in practice. Center John Manning missed time with a sprained ankle, as did forward Reggie Agbeko.

Crews said last week the three had fallen behind in their conditioning, limiting their potential minutes. But upon further review he said they have made up the lost time. …

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