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If there are any current issues with the team that are difficult to highlight, one of them may be the ongoing mediocrity of the post players not named Adreian Payne.
Excuse Branden Dawson. He is more of a hybrid between the guard and forward position, despite starting games at the 4-spot, but he is playing fantastic basketball.
Matt Costello, Gavin Schilling and Alex Gauna have had their moments this season but haven’t provided much on the court for the past month. Originally, Costello played solid minutes in the middle of the year, protecting the rim well and finishing layups at an efficient rate.
He poured in 11 points along with 12 rebounds and was a primary piece to a gritty win at Iowa. But that Costello hasn’t returned since.
Additionally, Schilling and Gauna haven’t been effective while they’ve played, though their minutes have been limited.
Clearly, these players aren’t expected to score at a consistent clip. But what happens if Payne gets into foul trouble?
That would potentially move Dawson to the 5 and Kenny Kaminski to the 4. While that could possibly work, it leaves the team prone to surrendering offensive rebounds.
This hasn’t been a troubling issue just yet. But if Payne were forced to the bench, then one of those role players would have to step in.
Costello certainly has the greatest ability to fill that role.