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Cremins will feed highly touted frosh to wolves

Posted on: November 7, 2011 4:25 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2011 11:55 pm
 
By Jeff Goodman

L.A.G. 

In Charleston, that stands for Life After Goulelock - as in former Cougars star Andrew Goudelock.

"Sometimes you don't quite realize what you had until they're gone," Charleston coach Bobby Cremins said.

Cremins hasn't just lost Goudelock, either. Two other starters - Donavan Monroe (12.4 ppg) and Jeremy Simmons (13.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg) graduated - and a third, Willis Hall, is out for the year with a torn ACL.

"It's going to be interesting to see if we can sustain this and try and get over the hump and win the tournament," Cremins said.

A year ago, C of C finished 26-11 - but lost to Wofford in the conference tourney. The Cougars wound up going to the NIT.

This year's team will be different. It'll be big - especially along the frontline with long 6-foot-7 senior Antwaine Wiggins, 6-foot-8, 240-pound sophomore Trent Wiedeman and talented 6-foot-9, 225-pound freshman Adjehi Baru.

"In our league, we're going to have the twin towers," Cremins said of Baru and Wiedeman.

Baru is a highly touted recruit (he was ranked No. 40 in the country by Scout.com) who plays hard and has terrific potential - and Cremins said he's going to start up front from Day One.

"We're going to throw him to the wolves," Cremins said of the athletic shot-blocker.

England native Andrew Lawrence, who has been a reserve the last two years, moves into the starting lineup as the floor leader - and Jordan Scott has the unenviable task of moving into Goudelock's spot.

"He can shoot and he's athletic," Cremins said. "But he's not Goudelock."
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