“We have a lot of good guards on this team,” he said. “DaShawn will be one of our senior leaders, and he brings scoring, and he scores a lot of different ways. DaShawn can shot the three-pointer, he can drive to the basket, and he jumps high enough to get offensive rebounds and he is a good defender.
“He is a great all-around player.”
Pappas said Clardy will also play a big role. As a sophomore last season he ran the Rams’ offense with confidence and poise.
“Biren will do most of the ball handling,” Pappas said. “He will be the point guard, and it will be his job to push the ball up the floor and find open people ahead.
“Nick has become a knock-down three-point shooter, and him and Mark Glover have been our most consistent three-point shooters in our scrimmages.
“Nick is also one of our shut-down defenders. We will put him on our opponent’s best guard. Reece will come back from a knee injury on Dec. 1, and hopefully his knee will hold up because he is one of our better defenders.
“Dexter has really improved, and he is great in the open court. He sees the floor well and makes tremendous passes.”
Pappas will be counting on Johnson, Glover and Barrick for rebounds and second-chance opportunities on offense.
“Broderick is a sophomore, and he has long arms and legs,” Pappas said. “He blocks shots, and he has also become a pretty good scorer around the basket. Coy and Mark will also have to rebound for us because we don’t have a lot of size.
“Coy will have to be our leading rebounder and block some shots. Mark is a perimeter player who has developed a post and slashing game,”