Whatever the Zips do, they’ll have to accomplish it without senior guard Brian Walsh for the time being. Walsh twisted his ankle in Wednesday’s practice and walked with a noticeable limp Thursday. His only activity involved an exercise bike. Depth isn’t a problem for coach Keith Dambrot, but he will have to decide who fills Walsh’s shoes – be it sophomore Deji Ibitayo or freshman Reggie McAdams, two very different players.
Dambrot said that ultimately he’s looking for balance.
“I want a better shooter with Harney and a worse shooter with Jake (Kretzer),” he said. “I want balance because they play sagging man (defense), which means they're going to give up some jump shots.”
Ibitayo’s strength is more intangible as he brings pure energy and emotion to his play, he said Thursday.
McAdams knows that he lacks the experience for a game of this worth, but one more than a few occasions this season he’s shown icy resolve in tough shooting circumstances.
“I'm going to try my hardest to bring the same intensity he does on defense and just knock down shots like he does,” he said.