Trojans look for solid play in post

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 21, 2009

With four starters returning, the Troy Trojan basketball team has plenty of experience on this year’s team.

However. one of the few question marks for the Trojans heading into the season is at the post position, where they must replace seven-foot center Tom Jervis.

There are three players currently seeing time at the post position that Jervis once held, as Bernard Toombs and Trayce Macon are coming off of redshirt seasons and Yamene Coleman transferred to Troy from Alabama.

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“Those three guys are playing that position and it’s not a clear cut thing for any one of them,” Troy head coach Don Maestri said.

The three players are hard to compare since their skill sets are so different.

“Yamene’s a better rebounder and better defensively inside, Trayce’s a better scorer and shooter and Bernard is just a better athlete than both of the other two,” Maestri said.

Maestri did not rule out the possibility that the rotation could change from game to game, depending on the opponent.

“If we play against six-foot-ten guys like with Florida, Trayce’s going to have a chance to get more threes,” Maestri said. “If we play against guys equal size or a little smaller than Yamene, he’ll be better inside.”

For Macon and Toombs, last year’s redshirt season gave both players a chance to learn the offense and focus on becoming better players, something Maestri said is especially evident with Macon.

“Toombs has improved quite a bit, but Trayce has improved the most,” Maestri said. “He gives us a dimension that we didn’t have last year because he’s a big guy that can still step out and hit the three.”

Coleman, on the other hand, did play basketball last season, albeit at the SEC level.

Coleman played in 17 minutes per game last season for the Tide, and averaged 3.7 points per game.

Maestri said the experience of playing in the SEC will help Coleman to bring something to the table for Troy.

“He’s got SEC experience, so he’s rebounded with the Kentuckys and Tennessees and Floridas of the world,” Maestri said. “He’s played in all of those arenas, and sometimes that gives you an edge.”