The starting center on a guard-heavy team, Malcolm White, is leaving for what he termed personal reasons in the news release.
I don’t know more than that at this point, but I do know Malcolm is a hard kid to read — really high with the highs and low with the lows. This may have come as a bit of a surprise to the coaching staff. Malcolm showed some nice flashes on offense, but he struggled to hold the ball in traffic. And on a team that already had lots of guards who could score facing the basket, Malcolm’s style just wasn’t one that allowed him to post up with his back to the basket, make a move and score, the way Dwayne Curtis did so effectively before him.
That’s a style that would benefit this team going forward. I’m sure the staff is beating the bushes for a big man right now, but typically the best candidates are signed by now.
Guards already were the strength of this team, and that will apparently be even more pronounced next season. White was not overly consistent, but he was effective at times and now takes 27 games of low-post starting experience from the team.
This will no doubt require signee Reginald Buckner to grow up in a hurry next fall.
The returning experienced post players will be sophomore Murphy Holloway, senior DeAundre Cranston and sophomore Kevin Cantinol.