This is a preview on the really tall guys who have to get physical in the paint. You know who I am talking about, the big guys, forwards and centers.
With the Gauchos losing senior Jesse Byrd for the year, the front court will not be as deep as it was last year. In addition, the Gauchos lose Mr. Everything Chris Devine to graduation. With these two losses, the Gauchos will have to rely on sophomore Jaime Serna. Jaime played in all 31 games last year averaging 6.1 ppg and 3.6 rpg. He had a fantastic game vs. CSUF when he recorded 20 points and 8 rebounds. With Jesse being out, Jon Pastorek will play the five. He is a transfer from San Diego State. He is 6'9'' and will add a good perimeter shot and experience for the Gauchos. 7'3'' center Greg Somogyi will be a force down low this season blocking shots and rebounding. He had a great season blocking shots as a freshman recording 37 blocks!! Backups who will add depth are sophomore Sam Phippen, highly recruited freshman Lucas Devenny, and Orlando Johnson (featured in small forward preview) can also play the four.
It will be interesting how much of a factor Greg Somogyi plays and how the team will cope with the loss of Jesse Byrd. Though with the talent this team has, the front court just needs to play well.
#0 Jaime Serna