Not that coach Keith Dambrot cares or reads this blog, but here are my suggestions for playing time the rest of the season.
I really liked the three-guard rotation of Nick Dials, Cedrick MIddleton and Dru Joyce last night. Middleton is great for a sparkplug, offensively and defensively. Joyce is terrific at setting up the offense. Dials can provide instant offense as well. I'd like to see those three rotate at the 1 and 2 positions the rest of the year. Until he's healthy, which isn't likely in 2006, Darryl Peterson should get limited minutes.
As for forwards, I would like to see more of Quade Milum. He is an athletic freak who has shown some basketball sense the past two games. He can take a few minutes off Romeo Travis' back. Freshmen John Rybak and Nate Linhart should dominate the small forward position, with Linhart getting a bulk of the minutes.
At center, I'm fine with Rob Preston and Matt Futch sharing the minutes.
So here's my depth chart:
Swimming and diving
After a 41-day break between competitions, Akron hosted its Senior Night against Youngstown State on Saturday. The Zips celebrated by beating the Penguins in 12 of 16 events. A great way to send out my buddy senior Szandra Gonzales, who is good friends with the Cleveland Cavaliers' Anderson Varejao. Another friend of this blog, Jen Harris, took third in the 1-meter dive.
David Giffels, my favorite non-sports columnist, proposed a 2011 Super Bowl in Akron. Funny story.
I was a bit surprised by the lack of prominence for the Zips game in the ABJ today. They had photographer Mike Cardew at the game and he got some good shots. Yet the game story was on the inside while Terry Pluto's column was at the bottom of C1. I suppose someone thought an NFL playoff game in Seattle is more important than a Zips conference game in Akron. I disagree.