With a deep freshman class to complement a well-known history of redshirting players, Old Dominion head coach Blaine Taylor is close to making his decision on who will sit out this season to develop. Five freshman guards–one walk-on–and one freshman forward are among the players being considered in the decision.
One freshman, guard Ambrose Mosley, has already been redshirted by Taylor in most part, because of the uncertainty that surrounds his eligibility for this season.
“Given the fact that he’s so far behind, we’re going to to redshirt him,” Taylor told Ed Miller of The Virginian-Pilot. ”We wanted to redshirt one of those young guys anyway.”
Mosley is the only freshman that hasn’t practiced with the team this fall because of an on-going NCAA investigation. A school Mosley attended in 10th grade was put under watch by the NCAA Eligibility Center after he left the school.
Two more guards will most likely receive redshirts, Deion Clark and walk-on Martin Shaw. Clark is a 6-3 guard from Naples, Fla that has great versatility. According to Miller, he has shown a good shooting touch and scored 14 points in the team’s intra-squad scrimmage on Thursday.
Freshman forward/center Ekene Anachebe could also be added to the list. A deciding factor will be the healthiness of sophomore forward Richard Ross. Ross has been nursing a broken wrist since the summer and has been practicing with a heavily-padded cast on his shooting hand. He will have an X-Ray Monday and Taylor hopes he will be cleared to play by December. If so, Anachebe could redshirt.
The other two freshman guards, Keenan Palmore and Aaron Bacote, have been doing well in practice and will most likely see the floor this season. Both guards scored 13 in the practice on Thursday. Palmore had seven assists and no turnovers and Bacote stood out because of hustle and his ability to penetrate the lane.
The Monarchs will play their first game of the season in an exhibition match-up against Mount Olive Thursday, Nov. 1.