MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - This marks the second installation in a four-part series providing an outlook for the Georgia College & State University men's basketball (3-0) season. Today's edition focuses on the sophomore class.
The four-member sophomore class provides a surprising amount of experience considering its youth. A pair of guards and a pair of post players fill out the sophomore class.
Forward Josh Hurst (Athens, Ga.) has already made a bigger impact in his second season with the Bobcats, having started in all three games, standing second on the squad at 6.3 rebounds per game. He's just outside double-digit scoring at 9.3 points per game, and has posted the first double-double of his career with a 12-point, 10-rebound game against Carson-Newman College.
"He's improved the most over the summer, I'm continually impressed with his effort," said head coach Terry Sellers. "He's making steady progress and is on his way to becoming a good player in this league."
Forward Reece Wiedeman (Suwanee, Ga.) is in his third year with the Bobcats, spending his first season as a redshirt. The tallest Bobcat at 6-foot-8, he's averaging four points and three rebounds per contest in the early going this season, up from 2.2 and 1.9 a year ago.
"Reece's progress is valuable for us," said Sellers. "We're going to be counting on him a great deal. His size provides a better matchup against most of the teams in the conference."
Point guard Andre Mikell (Snellville, Ga.) saw time in 26 games last season, and has already recorded one start this season.
"We're happy with the way Andre's progressed," said Sellers. "He has the tools to be a good player. He's probably the quickest player on our team, and can cause problems with his defensive work."
Two-guard Travis Allison (Lilburn, Ga.) averaged nearly 20 minutes a year ago at Peach Belt Conference (PBC) foe Lander University, and transfers to play for the Bobcats this season.
"Travis comes in with plenty of collegiate experience in his first season," said Sellers. "He plays a rather deep position for us, but he continues to work hard and will challenge for minutes off the bench."
With two starters among the bunch, the sophomore group will be crucial to the team's success. Tomorrow's third of the four-part series will cover the four Bobcat juniors.
The Bobcats return to action Monday, Dec. 8 hosting Carver Bible College at 7:30 p.m.
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