Herrion will need good work underneath from the committee of Yous Mbao, Cheikh Sane and J.P. Kambola. Sane's NCAA certification is still in the works, though Herrion doesn't expect a problem.
The best defender, perhaps? Tyrone Goard, the George Washington High graduate and transfer from Ohio.
"Goard is probably our most versatile, anchor-type defender," Herrion said. "And he can play multiple positions."
And he can take a charge. "He's been really good at it, dating back to high school and AAU," Herrion said.
It's still a week-plus away from the team's intrasquad scrimmage, Oct. 17, one feature of the revamped practice schedule. The 17th would be the approximate date of Thundering Herd Madness, which might be the third or fourth practice - or even the first.
That difference promises to give fans more quality basketball for their $5 general admission.
"The tone of that night will be totally different than the previous Herd Madness," Herrion said. "We're going to treat it more game-like to get something out of it, especially with people in the stands. It will be a more intense, serious business-like evening."
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