USI’s inside presence

On paper, USI’s men’s basketball team appears loaded with forwards. There’s Taylor Wischmeier, entering his fourth season on the team as a regular/starter, along with seniors Aaron Nelson, Manny Ogunfolu and Chuck Jones. Then there’s Nick Hutcheson, a redshirt freshman. I write about him in my latest column as I try to sort through where he’ll fit in. He has a lot of competition in those four, meaning he’ll probably have another year of waiting before he becomes a necessary piece in Eagles hoops. But I think it’s going to be there eventually. I really think being brought along slowly can only help. The college game, even at the Division II level, is so much more physical inside than the high school game, and going up against Wisch, Nelson, Ogunfolu and Jones every day in practice, then getting minutes with them in games should teach Hutcheson what he needs to know to succeed in the future.

Yeah, it’s a crap shoot. A gamble. We’re still waiting to see Wischmeier become the player just about everyone expected him to become. But it’s a tough game, a mental drain as well as a physical drain. Lots of little things can affect how a player performs. And sometimes, sorry to say, a player just doesn’t have the necessities to become better than average. So we wait and see.

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