On Wednesday night the Florida Gators (1-1) will take on Explorers of LaSalle (0-2) at home. This article will highlight everything you need to know about LaSalle to be prepared for the upcoming game.
LaSalle comes out of the Atlantic-10 Conference and come into the game against the Gators with losses to Temple and Lafayette.
First year Head Coach Ashley Howard movef across Philadelphia from Villanova to the Explorers. At Villanova, Howard was an assistant under Jay Wright and was a member of National Championship teams with the Wildcats. Howard will look to bring that same style of play with him to North Philly. You can expect the Explorers to space the floor, shoot threes, and have two dominant lead guards that focus on ball movement and the pick-and-roll offense. Very similar to that of Jalen Brunson and Ryan Arcidiacono in 2016, then Brunson and Phil Booth in 2018.
Players to know:
Pookie Powell – 6’0 Sr. Powell is leading the team in scoring with 20 per game, he is coming off a season high of 26 against Lafayette. An All-Conference talent and team leader, will be the go to guy against the Gators.
Isaiah Deas – 6’6 Jr. He has improved his per game average by 10 this season, averaging 19.5 through two games. As an undersized Four-man, Deas is averaging 3.5 boards per contest.
Traci Carter – 6’1 Jr. A transfer from Marquette that is averaging nine points a game, with 4 rebounds, 3.5 steals, and 3 assist on the season.
Miles Brookins – 6’10 So. Brookins is the man controlling the paint for the Explorers, he’s averaging 11.5 points and 4 rebounds thus far.
Cheddi Mosely – 6’3 Sr. The first player of the bench for Ashley Howard, Mosely is a Boston University transfer averaging four points a game on 2/10 shooting.
Jared Kimbrough – 6’8 Fr. Kimbrough is the teams leading rebounder with seven a game. As an undersized big he’s struggle to find minutes, in 14 minutes per game, he is averaging 1.5 points.
Final Out Look:
First year head coach Ashley Howard wants to bring a Villanova style of play to LaSalle, but truth is, that dream is still a few years away. The Explorers will look to shoot a lot of threes, so far this season they have struggled mightily. Despite 55 attempts in only two games, they have made 19, for 34%. Isaiah Deas is the only player having success from behind the line, he is shooting a team high 8/16 (50%).