Team preview: Wofford
Blue Ribbon Yearbook previews the 2006-07 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.
(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)
Wofford will be vastly different this year, morphing from an inside-oriented team into a perimeter squad. And despite losing one of the league's best post duos, the Terriers might just be a better team.
Wofford's 2005-06 season was mildly disappointing. The non-conference schedule included close losses to Clemson, Notre Dame and Purdue, as well as two narrow defeats against East Carolina, and then, rather than finding a comfort zone in the conference, the Terriers stumbled to an 0-4 league start.
Things improved somewhat as the season progressed, with go-to post players Howard Wilkerson (13.9 ppg, 7.0 rpg, .570 FG) and Tyler Berg (10.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg, .520 FG) among the main weapons. But a first-round league tournament loss (by one point to Appalachian State) really stung. For the season, the Terriers out-shot and outscored opponents; that just didn't translate into enough victories as the team won back-to-back games only once all season.
And there's the fact the Terriers were badly out-rebounded (nearly five per game) and now lose their top two rebounders. But that's where coach Mike Young thinks his team will surprise people.
"We lost two 1,000-point scorers," he said. "We're not going to replace those guys and their skills, their hands, their experience. Those guys did a lot for me and our school and our program.
"But now we've got to adjust and adopt a different style. And I'm fired up about that. We'll go up and down, shooting the ball, and get after it a little bit more on defense because we'll be a lot quicker."