were several questions leading into the first year of ECU basketball
under Ricky Stokes. One is how will the Pirates score points
after the loss of their two leading scorers. Another big question
mark was the shooting, a weakness for the Pirates in years past.
Probably the biggest question however, had to be how the Pirates
compete down low.
coaching staff did a terrific job in the off-season recruiting, and
picking up junior college transfers to fill immediate needs. Guys
like Tyronne Beale, and Courtney Captain are expected to pay immediate
dividends for this team as far as scoring points and also shooting from
some stats that show ECU may be better off than people think.
Despite having a decided size advantage against Gardner Webb, ECU still
out-rebounded them 33-32, and held a 14-4 advantage on the offensive
glass. In fact, thanks to Corey Rouse ECU has led in the rebound
category of every game this year and overall has out-rebounded
opponents 105 to 95.
the Pirates cause several young players have emerged as well. Sam
Hinnant, a true freshman from Charlotte, is giving the Pirates some
much needed scoring in the backcourt. Hinnant has averaged 13
points through the first 3 games, and is shooting a team best 36 % from
three. JUCO transfer Tyronne Beale has also helped the Pirates
averaging 12 points and 4 rebounds thus far this season.
So far at
2-1 the Pirates have surprised some people. The off-season
additions ECU has put together should fill some gaps. However,
the competition will get much tougher as the season rolls on.
With teams like Wake Forest, Memphis, and UTEP on the schedule the
pirates will have to play at their best, just to manage a .500 record
this season. Corey Rouse seems to be on his way to a career year,
but he’ll need some help from the supporting cast to win games.