Lack Of Depth In The Frontcourt Could Cost Uconn Early In The Season

Robert BContributor INovember 16, 2009

NEW YORK - MARCH 12:  Stanley Robinson #21 of the Connecticut Huskies dunks the ball against the Syracuse Orange during the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 12, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Connecticut Basketball Coach Jim Calhoun may be facing a problem in this 2009-2010 season for the Huskies that he has never faced in the past.  This problem is Uconn's lack of size and depth at the frontcourt. Everyone knew  losing Jeff Adrien and Hasheem Thabeet from last year's team would hurt this team but i don't think anybody expected their departure to have this much of an impact.  Uconn has put freshman Alex Oriakhi at center who has played well but lets be honest he is just a freshman and will be very up and down throughout the season and Gavin Edwards starts at power foward who looks like a 10 and 10 guy at best.  But until Ater Majok is eligible Uconn will have nobody to back these guys up, Calhoun decided to make a decision that just shows how bad the depth is for Uconn in the frontcourt he decided to move Jamal Coombs-Mcdaniel from his regular shooting guard or small foward position to the power foward spot.  He was faced with no choice but this will not allow Mcdaniel to play his game and may cause him to struggle on defense.  If you don't believe me with this size issue just look at the William Mary game, Uconn just outrebounded William Mary by 3 rebounds, usually Uconn would dominate the boards against this type of team but now it is struggle just to outrebound them.  Before Ater Majok is able to play Uconn must play teams that are very strong in the frontcourt in Kentucky and Duke(both could in meet in NIT finals) and it seems their lack of size may show up in those games and possibly may be the reason they lose.  This team has a lot of potential but if Calhoun hopes to get his team back to the final four he knows they much get much better play from the frontcourt.