Monday, November 10, 2008

7th Place - Charlotte 49ers

Head Coach: Bobby Lutz
Record at Charlotte: 188-126 (10)

Home Court: Halton Arena (9,105)

2 Charlie Coley Sr F 6-7 220
3 Dijuan Harris Jr G 5-9 170
5 Gaby Ngoundjo So F 6-7 240
11 Ian Anderson Jr G 6-4 180
15 Lamont Mack Sr F 6-7 230
21 An'Juan Wilderness So F 6-6 215
22 Rashad Coleman Jr G 6-6 195
30 Phil Jones Jr C 6-10 270
31 Charles Dewhurst So G 6-5 185
00 Javarris Barnett So G 6-5 200

First 5:
1- D. Harris (he led the A10 with 2.67 assist to turnover ratio last year. solid guard will find himself on the floor even more with Gerrity exiting the program.)
2- R. Coleman (versatile wing started his career at NAIA Brewton-Parker but has grown five inches since high school. Lutz feels he combines great shooting and athleticism better than any player he has ever had.)
3- A. Wilderness (he earned all rookie honors last season and can be a consistent double figure scorer for the 49er's.)
4- C. Coley (ultra athletic juco transfer hit the ground running last season. he is a solid rebounder that Lutz is hoping for even greater numbers this year.)
5- L. Mack (another juco who paid off last season for Lutz. He was the second leading scorer on the team last season and once again will be counted on to produce double figures.)

1- C. Dewhurst (designated shooter type who didn't shoot exceedingly well his freshman season, still capable of producing in big games. You could see Kyle Church a junior walkon get spot minutes backing up Harris as well.)
2- I. Anderson (he is potentially one of the top shooters in the conference. he loves to dial it up from the outside. will be a nice option off the bench for Lutz and co.)
3- J. Barnett (he is a jack of all trades types who has grown into a four man type body but with solid perimeter skills.)
4- G. Ngoundjo (he blocked 6 shots in a game last season at Halton Arena setting a record for the venue. if he can rebound and show some more offensively he could play a good deal.)
5- P. Jones (he has been an enigma quite frankly to this point. part of the problem is the style the 49er's play is not conducive to Jones. meaning and end to end game is not where the big fella is going to excel. he still has loads of potential but must shoot better than 33% (!) from the floor.

The 49er's were dealt a blow when talented point guard Mike Gerrity informed them he would not be playing this year in the fall. It gave Lutz and staff no way to sign another lead guard. They better hope and pray Dijuan Harris stays healthy. He is very solid but asking him to play 35 minutes a night is a huge load. Another blow to Charlotte was losing 6-3 frosh Shamarr Bowden to injury for the season. What is left is a very athletic, talented bunch that the 49er faithful are hoping can return to the NCAA. I don't see that happening and the A10 has not been as kind to this program as C-USA was. However this team will present challenges to their opponents night in and night out because they have long range bombers and gazelles who love to run and flush.

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